On Saturday we finally made it over to Southend to check out the latest exhibition at the Hidell Brooks Gallery which opened January 5th and features the works of artists Johan Hagaman + Jenny Nelson. (For those of you not from the Charlotte area we had a bit of wintery weather last week and it made the roads an absolute mess!)
Jenny Nelson’s work is displayed in the first ‘room’ of the gallery and blends in well with the work of Johan Hagaman’s pieces that are displayed in the second room of the gallery. The third and final room of the gallery features new works from other artists represented by the gallery.
Jenny Nelson | Light Waves
Jenny Nelson attended Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and graduated with a BFA from Bard College where she received a scholarship to the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She has been living and working in Woodstock, New York for 18 years. Her early artistic training was focused on the classical and representational but it has always been her natural instinct to depict the surroundings in abstract forms. Most of the paintings evolve as an intuitive reaction to her surroundings, be it interior space, inner space, or landscape. – Hidell Brooks Gallery
Johan Hagaman | Just Passing Through
These new works were inspired by a wild vine that grew over my garden, completely transforming it into a design of its own. It was a call to wonder, a call to attention, a call to decide, “What is in your world?” these sculptures are symbolic evidence of this appeal to consciousness and imagination, but also suggest a larger story of how we shape and are shaped by ourselves and our world; how creation is it not fixed, but fluid, and ongoing. – Johan Hagaman
I alway enjoy learning what goes into creating the pieces we see in the gallery, and co-owner Katharine Hidell Thomas told us what goes into creating one of Johan’s (pronounced Joan) pieces. The artist creates her pieces using found objects and cuts her own copper leaves, and makes her milk paint. The pieces are cast in cement.
If you are in the Charlotte area, or plan to be, the exhibition featuring Johan Hagaman + Jenny Nelson will be on display through February 24th.
Christa | theavidpen