Corrigan Gallery LLC is pleased to present Lese Corrigan’s latest works in a show titled Over the Edge. This show hangs November 1 through 30 and opens with a reception on November 2 as part of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s 14th Annual Fine Art Weekend. The reception is from 5-8 pm and is open to the public. The gallery is located in downtown Charleston at 62 Queen Street just steps away from the Four Corners of Law and the Dockstreet Theatre.
Corrigan will also be painting at Washington Park Saturday November 3 with the CFADA group including gallery artist John Hull and visiting artist Susan Romaine. The gallery will participate in the Gibbes Museum’s first Art on Paper Fair as part of the Fine Art Weekend. Artists from the gallery and several visitors will have fine art prints at the fair with preview opening at 8:30 Friday evening and open hours Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 1-5 with free admission to the show and the museum. The print artists include Manning Williams, Mary Walker, Lynne Riding, Kristi Ryba, William Meisburger, Richard Hartnett, Sue Simons Wallace, visiting artists John McWilliams, Charles Ailstock, Nancy Marshall and of course Corrigan.
Birds posed on telephone wires are on the edge performing a balancing act of nature’s adaptation to man’s creation. They are silhouettes in sky appearing small, being close yet far away. The visual reverberations in line repetition and the musical note sense of birds and lines draws our eye to the sky with the abstract nature teasing our minds and creating intrigue. There is a consciousness of birds being harbingers of events (such as the canary in the mine). There they sit watching from a distance aware of the “earthly” actions of mankind. What information have they for us. In these paintings, the birds are paired with the cable that connects them to the earth albeit indirectly. From our point of view, it often appears that they are holding on to the cable for dear life yet the birds are grounded, even while in the sky. Perhaps we humans have not remained connected enough to our world in our attempts to hold on to incorrect or outdated ideas that need to be thrown over the edge. The birds are at the edge of our world – out of reach. When placed on canvas with the cables ending at the edge there is a sense of the edge of the sky, an end.
The show is a series of new works fleshing out a piece done in 2004. It references a series called “Space Between” painted in the same year about the space between objects – what physicists had previously called empty space but now know is filled with many “things.” This new series continues the exploration of birds on telephone wires – those “simple” shapes we see up above us on diagonals cutting the space of the sky in a multitude of ways. Each painting is titled with lines from poems that do not reference birds or flying or sitting, but the sensations elicited or conversations imagined upon viewing those creatures on high. The “edge” in the title is the line of the cable and “over” references that these objects are above us, and that the art pushes over the line between representation and abstraction due to the ephemeral nature of sky and ethereal nature of birds. In viewing the works together one could imagine the experience of being surrounded by Monet’s lily pond paintings and replace the lily pond with sky.
Every year on the first weekend of November, CFADA puts on this event as a fundraiser for Charleston County’s high school art programs. Saturday morning, artists represented in participating galleries will be painting in en plein air in Washington Park. Come to the park between 9am and noon on that Saturday, November 3rd, and watch us paint! There will be coffee and snacks for those that can make it out. Starting at 11am, CFADA will host its Annual High School Art Competition, a juried show with submissions from students of Charleston County high schools. Three students from the show will be selected and recognized for their excellent work in the visual arts.
Saturday evening, paintings done during the morning’s en plein air event will be auctioned off. Proceeds will be used to buy art supplies for the participation Charleston County high schools’ visual arts programs. Corrigan Gallery is proud to be a member of this organization promoting the arts of Charleston worldwide and supporting the artists of the future.
In its eighth year, Corrigan Gallery is the culmination of 25 years of experience in the Charleston art market. Representing more than a dozen artists in an intimate space, the gallery presents a new show almost every month and invites visiting artists to join in. Other gallery artists include Richard Hagerty, Gordon Nicholson, John Moore, Paul Mardikian, Judy Cox, Karin Olah, Daphne vom Baur, Joe Walters and Kevin Bruce Parent. Many of these local artists have established national careers and are included in museum collections.
A gallery of contemporary works exploring the depth and intellect behind the drive to create, Corrigan Gallery provides a depth to the historic city’s traditional bent. Open six days a week and other times by appointment, the gallery can be viewed 24 hours a day at http://www.corrigangallery.com, contacted by phone at 843 722 9868 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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