Ciel Gallery presents Rust Revival, a fine arts exhibit celebrating the striking “Beauty of Rust” featuring photographer Nancy O. Albert and assemblage artist Renee Calder.
Rust Revival: Creating art that embraces the aesthetics of decay.
Rust is a natural event—and visually seductive. Overtime, rust erodes surfaces, reveals structures and what has been left behind. To these two artists, rust isn’t brown and dreary, or threatening, it’s vital and visually luminous. It can be bright and splashy, and not merely a monochromatic topology. We see rust every day, but after viewing this show, you will never see rust in exactly the same way.
Opening reception is September 2, 2016 from 6:00-9:00pm at Ciel Gallery, 128 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC.
Light refreshments will be served. The show runs from September 2 to September 25th.
Nancy O. Albert has documented the built environment for over thirty years. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including at Trinity College; the Connecticut Historical Society and the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. She was recently awarded a CSA grant from Charlotte’s Arts and Science Council. A retrospective of her work will be mounted at Wesleyan University in October. The photographs in this show include studies of industrial waste and abandoned machinery, as well as images of empty textile mills; tobacco barns and about to be demolished institutional buildings. By observing and documenting she seeks to preserve memories of what we’ve lost and transform ruins and refuse into art.
Renee Calder, an assemblage artist working in both ceramics and metal to create both functional and nonfunctional pieces. She strives to bring personality into each piece - to engage the viewer with the unexpected. Focusing mostly on the combination of “found objects”, where the mundane becomes something more, engaging the viewer to take a second look. To see things in a different way, challenging our notions of the use of materials and prompt a new perception of ordinary things that surround us. Using metal, clay, wood and found objects, she acts as a sort of a visual alchemist. Her work has been represented by galleries across the US.