Works by Sandy Singletary & Jim Frazer
Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC
May 5 - June 11, 2017
Thurs., May 11, 2017
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. -Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Arts Council of York County presents Traces, works by Jim Frazer and Sandy Singletary in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. A contemporary art exhibit, Traces explores what's left behind.
Sandy Singletary’s artistic process begins with observational walks in nature. During these walks her mind begins to clear, and a shift in thoughts allows free association of creative ideas based on what she observes. She sees lines and forms within compositions filled with visual contrasts. She sees objects that are barely supported, yet they exist; in fact, entire systems that without one mere component would fall to the ground. This visual information informs the sculpture she makes and creates a conceptual basis for her work.
Porcelain has been Singletary’s predominant material of choice for many years since it is a basic natural material adaptable enough to construct both simple and elaborately complicated forms. It is malleable and versatile; dramatically recording texture and deliberate marks, while at the same time porcelain is an extremely challenging material. Her current body of work employs porcelain, or a combination of porcelain and a secondary material, such as paper, steel or wood to create large-scale objects or installations that are based on natural forms. To promote visual contrast in each piece, she typically presents organic elements within a matrix of straight lines.
Conceptually, Singletary uses nature as a system that can be manipulated as a means of communication. She is inspired by the visual fragility and asymmetric balance of natural forms like vines and branches, yet there is a structural (or inner) strength that makes it possible for them to continue to exist, despite diverse conditions. The conceptual possibilities of this contrast of inner strength and outer fragility engender an emotional response, and she begins to consider the symbolism inherent in what she sees, for instance, need for protection, support, value or worth. Singletary allows herself to apply these visually triggered metaphors to other areas of life, specifically in terms of humanity.
Sandy Singletary earned her MFA in ceramics at Winthrop University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Lander University. She has served as curator for the Greenwood Art Guild Annual Exhibition, the Scholastic Art Exhibition at Lander University, and at Creativity Community Collaboration in Columbia, SC. Singletary’s works are in permanent collections at Ceramics Monthly. She has created commissioned works for the Museum of York County - Brattonsville, Perry Sessions Design, Inc., and Leslie Advertising, and her work is featured in the publication, 500 Teapots. Singletary’s work has received numerous awards including the Merit Award at Winthrop University’s Undergraduate Exhibition, Best of Show and First Place at the Pendleton Spring Jubilee, the Purchase Award at the Images Art Festival in New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Jim Frazer does not remember when the beetle tracks started showing up in his photographs. They're not the kind of thing a person wakes up and decides to pursue. When you're in the woods, and you find what appear to be intricate engravings in front of you, you photograph them. It was later that Frazer began to pay attention to the patterns.
Concurrently, he was working with the repetition of circles in his art, using a paper drill to make uniform, circular holes one after another. As the circles repeat, the linear arrangement grows without a predetermined pattern as each circle is created directly adjacent to the one created right before it.
The beetle galleries were similar in that they wandered, seemingly randomly, but their paths formed linear, calligraphic signatures that reminded Frazer of the tugras, or personal ciphers of the Ottoman sultans. These symbols, composed of stylized interwoven strokes, were unique to each ruler and served to validate each document he wrote. In the woods, there are thousands of beetles, from thousands of species, in thousands of trees. Each one leaves a trail as different as a fingerprint, and as elegant as the Sultan's signature. Each trail is composed of thousands of bites taken over a period of months as the larva grows and matures. Rather than the sure stroke of the calligrapher's pen, the path literally grows with the insect.
There is some comfort in repetition. The path is clear, even if the final outcome is yet to be revealed. Just as the beetle's track grows from repetition, the holes in the paper repeat, one following another, gradually forming patterns of lace around the outline of the beetle galleries.
Jim Frazer is an Atlanta native who holds an MFA in photography from Georgia State University. Frazer is the founding President of Nexus, now known as the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Frazer’s hand-colored and mixed media photographic works are included in the collections of MOCA GA, the High Museum, the Corcoran, Smith College, Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the National Bank of Georgia, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Frazer has exhibited extensively in Georgia, Utah, Montana, New York and North Carolina. Frazer was featured in the 2002 exhibition Artists of the Heath Gallery, the 2005 exhibition As They See It: Georgia Photographers, and MOCA GA Collects: The Photographic Image, all at MOCA GA. | http://jimfrazer.shawnrossiter.com/index.html
Working as both a poet and a painter, Susan Ludvigson engages her subconscious, trusting that form will follow. In poetry, she focuses on concrete imagery. If her poems were translated into paintings, they would logically result in realistic images with underlying narratives. However, Ludvigson’s paintings contradict this method. It is here that she is drawn to shapes and colors, and the interactions between them. She uses concrete imagery, but usually in conjunction with a preponderance of abstraction. The relationships amongst colors and shapes interest her most, suggesting internal states of being.
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