works by Leah Mulligan Cabinum &
Sean Mueller
Tires and Spokes

Tires and Spokes



Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC



June 15 - July 30, 2017
Thurs., June 15, 2017
5:30 PM

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Carbon and metal frames begin to lose their identity as they are twisted and stacked. Gears and chains are pieced and welded together to create three-dimensional spheres. Wheels no longer grip the dirt, rather one finds them rotating from above. In their work, both Leah Mulligan Cabinum and Sean Mueller repurpose found objects, often bike parts – gears, valve stems, inner tubes, tires, bike chains, as well as the frames themselves, manipulating them to create sculptural installations. 

Leah Mulligan Cabinum

The works in this exhibition are intended to mimic life’s cyclical nature. Phases ranging from youth through maturity and the journey through these phases are referenced and aligned to environmental cycles such as those of the moon, flora, and reproduction. To some degree, everything is synchronous. Like a circle, everything loops, resonates and repeats. Naturally, one’s perspective may shift, obscuring, from those less curious, the connections. The universality of our own evolution eventually may become apparent to each of us, and however subtly, becomes personal. 


Leah Mulligan Cabinum is an artist living in the rural countryside of upstate South Carolina. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Winthrop University and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. Cabinum was born in Athens, Georgia, where she grew up. Her work has been exhibited nationally at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Spartanburg Art Museum and Marin MOCA. Recently, she received the honor of a commissioned public works for Artista Vista, in Columbia, SC, and for the City of Rock Hill where her work, tread, is installed on the exterior wall of Swim, Bike, & Run. Cabinum is currently creating art and enjoying her family. |


Sean Mueller

Sean Mueller bridges the gap between what is real and imaginary, relying heavily on intuition, material, and experimentation. His work explores material and object value by collecting, decontextualizing, and reconstructing refuse as sculpture. Through seeking out and collecting found objects, he focuses on wanderings without destination, recording the path from memory, and interpreting the experience into visual language. The goal of each wandering is to explore a new environment in an unconventional way, while examining how the experience contributes to the artistic process.


Mueller earned his BFA in sculpture at the College of Charleston. He is currently enrolled in the Fine Arts program at the University of Oklahoma where he will earn his MFA in sculpture in 2019. A recent graduate of the College of Charleston, Sean is quickly making a name for himself in the art world. His sculptures have been exhibited as public works across the country - from Colorado Springs to Atlanta. Not limiting himself to one art form, Mueller collaborated with emerging designer, Julie Le, during Charleston's fashion week in 2015 by hand painting the fabrics Le used to design her line. |

All About Bikes  |  works by the Catawba River Art Guild

Riding a race bike is an art – a thing that you do because you feel something inside. –Valentino Rossi, MotoGP World Champion


All About Bikes features works by members of the Catawba River Art Guild. Inspired by the upcoming UCI BMX World Championship, members of the Catawba River Art Guild have created works of art that focus on the bicycle, its rider, and their environment. This exhibit, paired with the show in the City Hall Rotunda Gallery embodies the spirit of this exciting sport, and encourages viewers to get outside and play!


The Catawba River Art Guild (CRAG) was formed in 2008 to support, encourage, and inspire the interest of art and artists in the community through its members by providing programs, fellowship, and opportunities for artists. The Guild welcomes artists of all skill levels and all media. Many involved in the Guild are professional artists, or have been professional artists their entre adult lives. Others are emerging artists, students, and enthusiasts. To date, the CRAG membership is 60 strong, and is steadily growing into the largest concentrated body of practicing artists in York County. |

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Compass Prep is a multifaceted environment where we partner with home-school parents to give students in grades 9 through 12 a place to grow socially and intellectually. The structure of Compass Prep fosters growth and academic success, and also offers opportunities to encourage the whole person. Classes are provided by independent instructors and are at instruction levels needed for college preparation. Social activities for peer-group interactions are planned monthly alongside meaningful, community service projects throughout the year. This well-rounded approach satisfies the home-schooled, high school students’ need for independence and fellowship.



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