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23nd Annual


Juried Art


Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Exhibit Runs: April 6 through May 4, 2018

OCAF Main Gallery

Spring has sprung at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, where on April 6th the annual Southworks Exhibition opens in the Main Gallery. The show features over 90 works from artists all around the country and will include painting, sculpture, installation work, jewelry, printmaking and more.

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Mayumi Amada, Always Within, cut poly

Janet Link, Untitled, charcoal Perry Johnson, Sam, painting

Faythe Levine was the juror for this year's Southworks Exhibition. Ms. Levine is assistant curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. A documentary filmmaker, published author, owner and curator of three independent galleries, and founder/director of the Milwaukee-based Art vs. Craft maker's fair, Levine brings a depth of experience to her curatorial work. Levine is perhaps best known for identifying a new trend-the rise of the DIY (Do It Yourself) movement, as exemplified in her film Handmade Nation. A companion book with the same name was released by the Princeton Architectural Press in 2008. The New York Times dubbed Levine "The Ambassador of Handmade" in a 2008 article about her work. In 2013, Levine and her co-director/author Sam Macon released a second documentary Sign Paintersabout the trade and tradition of hand painted lettering in America. A book under the same title was released in October 2012, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

23nd SOUTHWORKS 2018:
Director's Choice Exhibit
OCAF Members' Gallery
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Ele Annand Justin Turcotte Emily Rogstad

In the Member Gallery, OCAF Gallery Director Margot Ecke has brought together three artists for this year’s Director’s Choice Exhibition. Fold + Facet includes paper compositions by Eleanor Annand, glass vessels by iron and glass artist Justin Turcotte, and jewelry by Emily Rogstad. Each of these artists has dedicated themselves fully to understanding the nature of the materials with which they work.

Eleanor Annand’s paper sculptures explores printmaking as a means of creating multiples in the 3-dimensions. She assembles printed, die cut paper into modular units meant for further construction. Working from these building blocks, she instinctively arranges larger systems and formal compositions. “I rely on the premise that my artwork has the ability to evoke a visceral and direct response from my viewer,” she explains. “In my work, I bring a sensitivity to materials, form, and composition to incite emotions that appeal to innate proclivities for order and rhythm. Seeking both tension and balance, I utilize intuitive and analytical processes that push and pull off of one another.”

Meanwhile, Justin seems to tame his material, coaxing it into perfectly shaped and finely considered vessels which demand the audience’s attention. “My ingenuity and determination are born of my teenage years, when I worked for my father's plumbing business and for the local auto mechanic,” Justin says. “After college, I spent three years working as a technician at the Penland School of Craft and five years working for Asheville metal sculptor Hoss Haley. You could say I've made a career of getting my hands dirty. In all of these differing experiences I have found the opportunity to investigate, diagnose, and solve various types of mechanical and electrical problems, and in the process I have become proficient in metal fabrication, glass work, and design engineering.” All three artists display such command over composition and material in such sophisticated ways.

Fold + Facet, this year’s Director’s Choice Exhibition, and OCAF’s annual Southworks  Exhibition will run from April 6th through May 4th, 2018.
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