THE COLOR OF WATER

30 Artists, Jan & Feb 2018


February 2, 6-8pm


Artist(s):

Laurin McCracken, Dylan Scott Pierce, Alexandra Becker-Black, Joshua Flint, Kerry Brooks, Mario Robinson, E. B. Lewis, Jason Drake, Nick, Runge, Endre Penovac, Matthew Bird, Laurin McCracken, Kevin Taylor, Oriol Angrill Jorda, Katie Green, Adam Lister, Ester Sarto, Michiyo Fukushima, Karl Mårtens, Denny Bond, Melanie Norris, Reuben Negron to mention a few...

About the Exhibit

Each artist will create multiple works exemplifying their specific style, genre and subject...

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The Color of Water

Contemporary Watercolor Paintings

January 5 – February 23 2018

Opening Reception: February 2, 6:00-8:00 PM (free to the public)

 

 

This January Robert Lange Studios (RLS) in Charleston, SC will celebrate the growing field of contemporary watercolor artists with a group show featuring 20 artists from around the globe. Each artist will create multiple works exemplifying their specific style, genre and subject matter. The exhibition will hang through the months of January and February. A reception, featuring music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will take place on February 2 from 6-8PM and is open to the public.

 

These annual themed group shows at Robert Lange Studios have been developed to connect artists from the Charleston area with not only collectors but also other painters practicing in their field.  Artists will present their work in Robert Lange Studios’ 2 Queen Street gallery space. Included in the show are artists Laurin McCracken, Dylan Scott Pierce, Alexandra Becker-Black, Joshua Flint, Kerry Brooks, Mario Robinson, Jason Drake, Nick, Runge, Endre Penovac, Matthew Bird, Laurin McCracken, Kevin Taylor, Oriol Angrill Jorda, Katie Green, Adam Lister, Ester Sarto, Michiyo Fukushima, Karl Mårtens, Denny Bond, Melanie Norris, Reuben Negron to mention a few.

 

Gallery owner and artist, Robert Lange says of this new body of work, “Local favorite Mary Whyte is responsible for introducing me to contemporary watercolor painting. Before seeing her work I was unaware of how versatile watercolor could be and since that day I’ve wanted to bring together a group of contemporary painters that are using the medium and choosing subject matter that truly propels the genre forward.”

 

One such watercolorist that was invited to the show is Mario Robinson, who recently began to extensively incorporate rural subjects into his paintings. Each subject is very personal for the artist in both selection and execution. He says, “As the work progresses, my relationship with the sitter develops and a uniquely personal story begins to evolve. I frequently depict subjects framed within the context of their daily lives. The underlying narrative counters sentimentality and serves as the underpinning for my figurative images.”

 

After the success of numerous group exhibits, Lange says, “We have really tried to find artists with unique voices for our group exhibits. No two are alike in their approach and specifically for this watercolor exhibit we wanted to find painters that didn’t create traditional watercolor scenes.”

 

Artists like Kerry Simmons, who studied in the Ukraine has created a figurative piece entitled “Frost” using dry brush watercolor techniques. A single figure is seen gently lying on her side. The layers of watercolor, softly layered on top of each other, lend themselves perfectly to help propel the narrative.

 

Lange said, “We hope to inspire people with these kinds of shows. If you are a watercolorist perhaps you’ll find renewed inspiration for your medium of choice and if you are a collector, perhaps you will purchase your first watercolor piece.”

 

Alexandra Becker-Black who paints portraits of contemporary figures says, "Watercolor is a delicate medium with a powerful impact. Every mark must be a deliberate decision because there is no undoing what has already been done. It’s a slow and challenging dance that at first was very difficult and had a lot of disadvantages. But now I only see advantages. As a watercolorist I am forced to work in the moment, to consider every stroke that I make and to proceed with confidence and grace, even if I know that a large painting could be ruined at any moment because of one mistake. I feel that working with watercolor keeps me focused on the true meaning of what each painting is and urges me to remove everything but the key elements. Its a beautiful dance that I wouldn’t trade for any other medium."

 

Many of Becker-Black’s pieces have large areas of negative space around a single figure, "I'm magnetized by the power of simplicity. I think the best stories of any kind are the ones with just enough detail to deliver a message, but still enough space to leave some mystery. Whether it be a painting, a song, a film, or a novel, I love art that makes us wonder."

 

Also artist Reuben Negron will have a piece in the show. He said, “I've long been interested in using art to tell stories. Beyond the larger ideas that hold up contemporary art, an image's ability to transport me into a narrative has always resonated most. Taking a page from those I've worked with in the past, this new series allows me to turn my lens inward for the first time to tell my own personal narrative. Each image in this new body of work is approached as a passage (and in some cases a full chapter) in what is essentially a visual novella. Over the next year or so this series will touch on themes of loss, sexuality, memory, and discovery... All while pushing and expanding my relationship with watercolor - finding ways to utilize the medium in a manner that challenges public perception of what it can or should be.”

 

Artists participating include: Laurin McCracken, Dylan Scott Pierce, Alexandra Becker-Black, Joshua Flint, Kerry Brooks, Mario Robinson, E. B. Lewis, Jason Drake, Nick, Runge, Endre Penovac, Matthew Bird, Dean Mitchell, Laurin McCracken, Kevin Taylor, Oriol Angrill Jorda, Katie Green, Adam Lister, Ester Sarto, Michiyo Fukushima, Karl Mårtens, Denny Bond, Melanie Norris, Reuben Negron

 

 

The gallery is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday and by appointment.

 

 

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Robert Lange Studios is a gallery space run by artist and gallery owners Megan and Robert Lange. As such, it is dedicated to the development of an on-going dialogue between artists from a diverse range of artistic disciplines at differing levels of their careers.

 

Robert Lange Studios has been voted Best Art Gallery in Charleston four years by the Charleston City Paper and Nathan Durfee has received the award for Best Visual Artist. In addition, the gallery was voted Best Art Gallery 2015 by Charleston Living Magazine. Gallery owners Megan and Robert Lange are committed to providing a forum for art based on individuals, subjective style and awareness. This dedication has created a reputation for the gallery of consistently finding new and interesting artists that stand out for their imagination and distinctive personal touch. The gallery is a member of Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association, French Quarter Gallery Association, Redux Contemporary, and Halsey Institute.

 

The RLS Residency program invites international and national artists to live in a residency space situated within the gallery. Located at 2 Queen Street in the heart of historic Charleston, SC we provide a platform for experimentation that gives exposure to diverse and dynamic art practices developing locally, regionally, and around the world. Working with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art or Redux Contemporary Art Center by housing visiting artists who are creating exhibits for the Halsey Gallery or Redux Gallery we aim to facilitate creative networks and connect the local art community with the global sphere of contemporary art.  Gallery hours:  Daily 11 – 5 and by appointment

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Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios