Category Archives: Events

Open Studios is May 29!

Redux_OpenStudios_2014_webOur Open Studios events are a way to get to know all of the Redux studio artists who call our space their creative home.

While we welcome the public into Redux year round, this is your exclusive opportunity to look behind the curtains, meet the artists, learn about their techniques and practice, renew your Redux membership, sign up for classes, and maybe even take a new piece of art home!

Current Redux Studio Artists:

Alizey Khan
Brian Stetson
Camela Guevara
India McElroy
Joshua Breland
Kaminer Haislip
Karen Ann Myers
Kate Long Stevenson
Kate MacNeil
Kate Mullin
Kevin LePrince
Lindsay Windham
Lulie Wallace
Mariah Channing
Paula McInerny
Raven Roxanne
Taillefer Long
Teil Duncan
Thomas Ozmore
Todd Anderson
Trever Webster
Whitney Kreb

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#LiftTheLowcountry on May 6!

If you haven’t heard about the May 6th “Giving Day,” it’s a very special day for Lowcountry arts non-profits. Some generous donors have designated $110,000 dollars to match donations to Lowcountry arts orgs, and we’re very excited to be one of them. #LiftTheLowcountry

1. Click on this link

2. Make a donation of $25 or more to Redux

3. Watch your impact double!

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UPCOMING at Redux: DIG SOUTH

We’re very excited to be part of DIG SOUTH again, especially after the rabble rousing success that was last year!

Come see us and all the many amazing companies, orgs, artists, and designers that are part of the Space Walk on Wednesday, April 9 from 4 – 6 pm. We’ll be serving up some Holy City Brewing suds & have Open Studios.

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Later that night, come back to the ‘Dux for the Music Series and a special performance from Mechanical River, Johnny Delaware, and Grace Joyner–a night of indie rock and roll from local musicians. Show starts at 9 pm–get your tickets in advance for $10 or $15 at the door!

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In the true Redux spirit, the posters are hand screen printed and totally kick ass.

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Friends, Lets Make Our World a Work of Art

Art is more than exhilarating.  Art is a tool for prosperity.

Did you know communities with a high saturation of arts & culture organizations enjoy higher civic engagement, greater social cohesion, lower poverty rates, and higher child welfare?

We hope you’ll think of us this year as you spread your love in the form of dollars and cents!  Here’s a few sugar plums to dance in your head while you write those checks, dear readers…

78% of leisure travelers include arts and culture activities in their trips- and they stay longer than other tourists!

850 million people overall visit arts & culture institutions every year.  That’s  more than attendance for major sporting sporting events and theme parks COMBINED!

What’s more, the visitors to these arts and culture institutions spend nearly $25 per person above the cost of individual admission…. helping to generate the more than 136 Billion in economic activity we see annually from American arts & culture institutions.

Arts & culture institutions spend 2 billion yearly on educational activities and welcome 55 million students annually on school trips, and half the nation’s healthcare facilities provide arts programs for their healing benefits to their patients.

Help make our city by the sea a little bit of heaven on earth.   Give to Redux this holiday season.  

Thank you!

SOURCES:

Blackbaud, ‘Your Support Makes an Impact’

10 Reasons to Support the Arts by Americans for the Arts

Museum Facts by American Alliance of Museums

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Stacy Huggins: Authenticity is Everything

TEDx Charleston, September 20th, 2013.  11 AM.

She floats onto the dark stage in a coral dress and stands at the podium, earrings trembling.  Her hair is scraped into a high bun that leaves her looking graceful, vulnerable.

 “The definition of good art,” Stacy Huggins said,  “is work that connects with the viewer.  This can only be achieved with authenticity.”

“Authenticity is everything,”

The director of Redux Contemporary Art Center, although young, has already weathered both bull and bear market trends in the art world.  If the economic melting of 2008 taught her anything as a curator, it’s that “there’s a Darwinian effect.  Talent will still rise to the top, but artists have to work harder, smarter, and together in order to survive.”

Sometimes artists come to her for advice.  Any time a working artist takes a new direction, there is a chance she can alienate her patrons, an intimidating prospect when pleasing clients means the freedom of time and space of mind to create more work.   One of her studio artists, the remarkable Teil Duncan, asked Huggins’ opinion on a new painting.   Duncan was excited about the piece but uncertain whether or not to pursue it, as it was a divergence from the work she usually put out.

Huggins loved it.

“Artists can be scared to leave a successful genre of work.  But, if you are passionate about it, it is what you should do.  Don’t worry about the sales.  They will come.  What’s happening today is tired tomorrow; do what you love and the authenticity of this will shine through.”  She went on.  “While people may never know exactly why they felt drawn to a piece, [it was likely] the passion and enthusiasm [of the artist].”

Huggins first realized she wanted to work with artists when she took the gallery fundamentals arts management class with Buff Ross at the College of Charleston.  She was placed on a show with the painters Tom Stanley and Tim Hussey, who she called her first artist crush.  Hussy’s pieces both challenged and impressed her, and there she was, a college kid getting to hang them up for a real show.

“It was like this veil lifted,” she said, and at that moment she knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.  She wanted to work with artists; notoriously temperamental, endlessly neurotic, self involved, resplendently fickle- and more delicately, as Huggins taxonomized us: “fascinating, unpredictable creatures.”

After that, the opportunities came quickly.  She took an internship with a gallery, and quickly became assistant gallery director.  One offering bled into another, and at only twenty-four, Huggins found herself as gallery director to not one but two Charleston galleries.  Then the recession rolled over Charleston.  People were no longer waltzing off the street to buy $30,000 paintings.  Here Huggins pulled up a slide of a dessicated cow skull.  “And that,” she laughed dryly, “was 2008 for me.”

Unexpectedly in need of a job, she joined Charleston’s Art Mag, first as the Marketing Director and then as Editor.  There, she was able “to promote a grand array of folks,” including theatre performers, which thrilled her.  “A little known fact about me,” she said.  “I was a ballerina for 18 years.  I love, love, loved ballet.  But I don’t dance anymore.  I can’t got to the ballet without crying.  So I never go.”

  She scrolled through a slide of a past installation at Redux by Yulia Pikusevich, unusual for having been site specific, and pulled up a shot of Patch Whisky’s deliciously ooey, gooey psychedelic new mural on Redux’s exterior.  There’s a Redux Revival on September 28th from 4-10;  “I’ve been calling it the “Patch Party,” she said.  “Because really, his work deserves its own unveiling.”

Also in Huggins’ upcoming works for Redux: a new twist on the much loved CSA box, which traditionally is an interval delivery of local produce.  So why not an interval delivery of art?

“Charleston Supported Art.  We’ll have a call for entries for eighteen artists, and shares you can purchase throughout the year.  At some point there’ll be an inaugural meet and greet to kick things off…”

She smiled and cut herself off.  “We’re very lucky and grateful for the opportunities that have come our way.”  She leaned over the podium.  “Authenticity is the only thing that matters.”

Huggins walked offstage to applause, and then a woman wearing a prayer scroll and a dotted dress came onstage carrying a dressmaker’s mannequin.  The page turned.

-article by Pauline West

Redux’s Alizey Khan

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Alizey Khan in her Redux studio, 2013

Redux Studio Artist and staff member, Alizey Khan is currently exhibiting her astronomical paintings and prints in her first solo exhibit, Interspatial, in the Saul Alexander Gallery at the Charleston County Public Library. Her exhibit will be on view from July 2 through August 17. There will be a opening reception on Tuesday, July 2 from 5 pm – 7:45 pm. During the reception, Alizey will give an artist talk (at 5:30pm) and give away a limited number of free linocuts!

We recently had the opportunity to talk with Alizey about her work. Here’s what she had to say.

Congrats on your new solo show, Interspatial. Tell us a little about your yourself and what you do. I am a recent graduate of CofC. I double majored in Studio Art and Arts Administration. During my last semester at CofC, I interned at Redux. Now I am a part-time staff member as Membership and Media Coordinator. I also have a studio at Redux where I make most of my current work. I have another job at Artist and Craftsman Supply, where I see Redux artists buying stuff all of the time. I spend most of my time working but I use much of  my spare time to make art.

Describe “Interspatial” in three words. Ethereal. Meditative. Nebulous.

Why do you make art? I know my time on this planet is short, and I want to leave something tangible behind to be remembered by! 

What inspires you? Beauty in nature; recurring patterns in physics; good design in our culture.

What do you find most satisfying about your artistic process? I use subject matter as the unifying theme in my work rather than style or medium. This allows me a lot of freedom to experiment with different techniques and materials with the images I make. I like to do a lot more than just paint, so I’m glad I have the opportunity to include printmaking and resin layering techniques in my portfolio.

Have you always been interested in astronomical science? I have visited NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day almost daily for the last five years. I’ve always been interested in images of nebulae, galaxies and other beautiful celestial bodies; but, I never took the time to research them until I started painting them. Now I feel like I have learned a lot through this series.

What artists do you admire and why? I really love Yayoi Kusama for her lifelong fanatical dedication to the motifs she uses – her installation work with mirrors and lights is my favorite! I also love Julie Heffernan’s ethereal brushwork ,and her masterful use of strong colors and lighting effects in her paintings. Locally, I really admire Karen Ann Myers and her ability to juggle working as a professional exhibiting artist, a curator at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and as an instructor at CofC. She’s my hero.

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Yayoi Kusama

What do you hope your viewers learn/gain from your work? Most of all  I hope they gain a sense of curiosity, wonder and scale. It’s amazing how small you start to feel once you start looking into how big the universe really is. It really puts all of one’s minor worries into perspective.

If you could live anywhere in the world – if time and money were not an issue – where would you go? I would really love to live in Florence, Italy one day. The weather is perfect there, there’s tons of art, and the food is amazing.

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Khan’s “Interspatial”, on view July 2 – August 17, 2013

Last great book you read. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It’s a bit like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, only it’s written for an older audience who has already read all of those books. It deconstructs the genres of magic-school and magic-world books.

If you are not painting/working, you are….hanging out with friends, usually playing Settlers of Catan. I actually plan to make my own Settlers of Catan board soon.

Tell us about your upcoming class at Redux. I’m teaching an intensive four-week Resin Painting Workshop. I’m really excited about it. I plan to give students a lot of freedom and show them several techniques that they can choose to incorporate into a finished painting, including working with dry powder pigment and glitter, working wet paint into wet resin, incorporating photos and collage elements, and painting in 3D with successive layers of resin. 

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Opening Reception & Artist talk, Tuesday July 2, 5:30-7:45pm

What do you love about being involved in Redux? The community! There are so many great artists here. Even our interns are talented. I really love being at Redux – surrounded by the amazing art in the main gallery, and the other studio renters. They are so helpful and friendly.

Favorite music to listen to while working in your studio? I’ve been listening to a lot of Alcest, Grimes, Daft Punk and Sigur Ros lately. I also like playing Gustav Holst’s The Planets to rev up my painting mood.

Future goals/aspirations. I would really like to have more solo and group shows locally, nationally and internationally. I’d also like to be represented by a gallery somewhere.

 

Redux T-Shirt Design Contest

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Design by Neve & Hawk’s Bob & Kris Galmarini, 2011

Attention all aspiring and established artists: Redux would like to invite you to enter the new Redux T-shirt Design Contest & Exhibition. 

The deadline to enter is July 31 by 6 pm

Entries will be displayed in our very own Conolly Gallery, from August 2-23, where three winners, “Redux Choice”, “People’s Choice”, “Conolly’s Choice” will be made. There will be a reception for the winning entries on August 30, from 6-8pm. During the reception, limited edition shirts of the all three winners will  be available for purchase at $20 each. All proceeds will benefit The Redux Contemporary Art Center. Winners will get a hand screen printed t-shirt of their design, a gift certificate to Artist & Craftsman, and endless promotion of their work via Redux store, website, social media and more. 

Artists are asked to send original artwork only. Designs must incorporate the words REDUX or REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. There is a $10 entry fee, to offset cost of t-shirts, ink, and fund prizes for the three winners. For a copy of the complete prospectus/entry form, please send an email to info@reduxstudios.org .

We can’t wait to see your creative talents!

Karin Olah, Redux Alum

Karin Olah, Redux Alum, with her 2010 original t-shirt design