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March 30, 2012
This month, First Thursdays on Main is being held in conjunction with the Urban Tour. You’ll find the same art venues, the same hours, but with Urban Tour you’ll be able to enjoy some of the non-art venues, which don’t usually remain open for First Thursdays. So, come down and be a part of an even bigger celebration of all that is on our Main Street!
Frame of Mind: April FOM Series presents “Tarses” by Jenna Sach
Carl Jung said, “Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. The dark side of his being, his sinister shadow…represents the true spirit of life…” The shadow is a part of the unconscious mind.
The April FOM Series presents “Tarses” by Jenna Sach. Tarses is the follow up to Jenna’s 2011 blockbuster show, “Box.” It is actually the antithesis of Box; Tarses deals with the male physique and the shadow/s that lie within.
Jenna says, “In art, man has been viewed with the same physique throughout the ages. Tarses is a challenge to the modern concept of what men are physically supposed to look like. Instead, I am showing real men with all their flaws. The idea of Jung’s philosophy about shadows comes into play when I’m lighting the male models. Instead of focusing the photos, lighting, and poses on sexuality, I wanted to explore the darker and subdued side to masculinity. This side usually resides within the subconscious, rarely ever shown…or even known to oneself.”
Anastasia & Friends: “Three”
Anastasia & Friends will host an exhibition of paintings and sculpture called, “Three.” Three will feature the work of three artists to include the paintings of legendary artist, Blue Sky, sculptor and architectural designer, Alexander Wilds and some new work by surrealist sculptor, Anastasia Chernoff.
Blue Sky is known worldwide for his paintings and murals and has received “best of show” awards at prestigious art shows all over the world; he has been featured in numerous international arts magazines and publications. His famous work, Tunnelvision, is well known worldwide.
Alexander Wilds spent many years in Japan as a sculptor and architectural designer and is now Associate Professor of Fine Art at Benedict College in Columbia.
Wesley Cook, our special guest musical artist from Atlanta, Georgia, was recently nominated as Best New Alternative Band for the Georgia Music Awards. Wes has been selected as one of eight national finalists for Rolling Stone magazine’s, Street to Stage competition and will perform as a part of the evening’s entertainment.
Big thanks to Maria Kennedy Mungo and her never-ending hospitality. She’ll create some delicious treats for us to savor at this special opening.
Anastasia and Friends is located in the front of the Free Times’ building at 1534 Main Street. The gallery is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803-665-6902.
S&S Art Supply: Weighs Heavy! New works from Cedric Umoja
April is the HOTTEST month on Main Street! We’re doubling up again with Urban Tour and First Thursday on Main, featuring artwork by one of Columbia’s most fresh, exciting artists. In addition to the amazingly bold artwork inside, we will be featuring music from Sound Scientist Sunday Morning on the street from 5-7:30 pm, along with Red Road Photobooth from 5-8 pm. Come play dress up and get a funky photo taken of you and your friends as you dance in the street! J Gumbo’s will also be out front of S & S serving hot delicious Cajun creations!
Cedric Umoja’s art takes a unique Urban perspective – street art with an attitude! This exhibition consists of mixed media paintings, drawings and found object sculptures. He will also be creating a site-specific window installation! His medium of choice is paint- house, water, acrylic, and aerosol- and his canvases range from recycled materials including cardboard, waste concrete backer board and the occasional door to traditional canvas and plywood.
“There are several ideas or conversations taking place in the work,” says Umoja. He enjoys having a visual dialogue with the viewer, via use of many different materials and methods. These methods include brilliant colors, symbolism, ethnic expression, psychological, and metaphysical references. “My goal is to bring together past, present, and future means of communicating in a holistic manner to create an old, familiar, and new way of altering the thinking of the status quo!”
Born and partly raised in California, Cedric Umoja has spent most of his adult life in the South. When asked, he will tell you that he’s from here, but California has a special place in his heart. His work is influenced by graffiti, modern European and American art, comic books, and even R-rated movies.
Tapp’s Art Center:
April will feature works from two artist groups who both have studios within Tapp’s. Featured artists will be: Studio # 3: “Art On Main” Val Zaba, Mary Williams, Ron Weathers, Julie Brown, Debi Kelly, Jennie Branham, Marcia Murray, Ingrid Carson
and Studio #4: “Etc.Studio” JJ Casey, Jean S. Kirkley, Karen Larabee, Rajas S Londhe, Nancee Nixdorf, Ann V. Peake, Pam Steude, Barbara Yongue.
Well known Columbia Artist, Stephen Chesley, will also have a showing of his works commemorating anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.
The USC Fashion Board will present a show in the Skyline Room. It is a preview of and marketing for their “The Student Designer” competition, which is a part of Fashion Board at USC’s annual Fashion Week. They will have various small stages designed in cooperation with artists with models on them.
Wine Down on Main: “Low Country Chapels” Photography by J Kee Eck
Wine Down on Main is pleased to present the BFA thesis show of Kee Eck, Low Country Chapels. Kee is a senior at the University of South Carolina and has presented his work previously at Tapp’s and City Art Gallery. Low Country Chapels highlights the rural small churches that are 50 plus years old. “I wanted to document these chapels and illustrate their importance. I have always enjoyed photographing architecture and have always felt a certain draw towards the Low Country,” says Kee.
Wine Down will have a table outside featuring Massimo sauvignon Blanc and Enanzo Tempranillo for $5/glass. Our usual seated service will be available inside.
Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 4pm, and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling (803)988-1065 or via email at email@example.com.