On View: April 21 through May 5, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 21, 6 - 8 p.m.
Participating Artists: Joan Blackwell, Cierra Chavis, Javarus Hamer, Immanuel Henderson, Vivienne-Sarai B.S.A. Leaven, Diane Poland, Gabriel Scott, Austin Smith
The A.D. Gallery is pleased to present Ruach Chabash, an exhibition featuring the work of eight UNCP graduating art students. The show will feature each of the student’s best and most recent work. Ruach Chabash is the Hebrew phrase meaning ‘binding essence.’ Each participating artist explores the experience we know to be life, through aspects of culture, nature, or the connection between both, and their work provides the opportunity to consider the essence that binds it all. The exhibition thoughtfully combines traditional media, such as painting, drawing, and sculpture, with more recent developments of installation, video, and digital media.
Cierra Chavis is a painter, whose art shows the viewer that death and beauty can be subjectively ambiguous, relentlessly maddening, and commonly difficult to understand. Her art is meant to challenge the viewer to face their mortality, while confronting the abnormal things in life. Diane Poland’s narrative ceramic sculpture series, Pathway Series #1, consists of three boots and leaves. Her work represents the how constant changes in our physical and social environments affect human emotions. Javarus Hamer has always taken an interest in culture, specifically in the realm of the mythological. Responding to his personal development in vastly different parts of the world, his drawings reflect the idea that our similarities speak louder than our differences and that we are all human. Hamer’s work focuses on divine interpersonal trends and the concept of the triad between divine idols.
Joan Blackwell’s installation art reflects and honors her sacred Lumbee beliefs, life experiences, and her love of mother earth. It also exemplifies her thirst for continued growth in art education. Vivienne-Sarai Leaven’s digital work is based upon the ancient text of the Torah, Tanakh, and the Peshitta. Leaven aims to expose prophecy, identity, race, and war in her art. Gabriel Scott is also a digital artist, whose artistic contribution to the show involves digital drawings and paintings that focus heavily on beauty and nature, while also incorporating elements of character and fantasy illustrations within them. With his art, Scott hopes to provoke a feeling of comfort for the audience with his use of detail and color in each piece. Immanuel Henderson uses glitch art to satirically portray the “othering” that takes place when westerners discuss non-western societies. Henderson introduces the audience to the new branch of study, Digital Archaeology. Austin Smith combines the traditional practice of drawing with the more recent medium of video art. Smith has created an animated short film about a man hoping to propose to his girlfriend, a landscape drawing of bizarre animals, and a forest drawing of a pack of dog-like creatures.
A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21 in the A.D. Gallery located in Locklear Hall. The artists will be available during the reception to answer questions and offer methods behind their work.