ROCK HILL, SC – Traces, works by Jim Frazer and Sandy Singletary opens at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC on Friday, May 5, 2017. This show runs through June 11, 2017, with a free, public reception on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. -Nathaniel Hawthorne
When we go into the woods, it’s poignant to see the dead trees where there was once a beautiful forest. Yet, there is a certain fascination and beauty to the patterns engraved into the wood by the beetle larvae as they eat beneath the bark. Their paths form linear, calligraphic signatures that reminded Jim of the tugras, or personal ciphers of the Ottoman sultans. Surprisingly inspired by the beetle tracks that began showing up in his photographs taken during his time spent in the woods, Frazer’s work evolved to incorporate the patterns in his art. His images present the patterns individually, as artifacts: beautiful signatures which, in nature, ultimately spell destruction.
Jim studied art history as an undergraduate at Amherst College, after which, he went on to complete a Master of Visual art degree in photography at Georgia State University. With colleagues from Georgia state, he helped start Nexus, a non-profit photography gallery that later became The Atlanta contemporary Art Center. His hand colored photographs of Southern landscapes were widely collected and exhibited regionally and nationally. In 1999, he moved with his family to Salt Lake City. After the move, he branched out from photography to a diverse practice that focused on mixed media works and collaborative installations. His newest work, though not appearing photographic at first glance, is nevertheless photo based, deriving from images of details taken from the natural world.
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. Singletary sees lines and forms within compositions filled with visual contrasts, and is inspired by the visual fragility and asymmetric balance of natural forms like vines and branches, supported by a structural (or inner) strength that makes it possible for them to exist.
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.
Works by Susan Ludvigson, and the Compass Prep Student Photo Exhibit are also on exhibit in the Perimeter and Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Galleries at the Center for the Arts.
The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in Old Town Rock Hill. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 6 PM, Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, every second and fourth Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM, and every second and fourth Sunday from 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibits at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by O’Darby’s - a Retailer of Fine Wines, Craft Beers, and Spirits.
The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County