The Soco Gallery (Southern Comfort Gallery) located in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood is an art gallery/book shop that also features a menswear shop and a location of Not Just Coffee. You enter the gallery by way of the bookshop which features art work in amongst the books and floral arrangements can be spotted around the space. (As a floral lover I had to take pictures of my favorite arrangements.)
We ventured to the Soco after seeing the Instagram post from TSG Charlotte about the exhibition Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit exhibition. One thing we noticed when we viewed the rabbits in person was that each of the pieces where stitched together.
Lemanski’s dynamic installation will be comprised of both her well-known sculptures as well as intricate prints, and marks one of the most personal explorations ever undertaken by the artist and a wholly encompassing experience. The meticulously crafted copper-wire armature sculptures she has been exploring since 1997 now take an innovative turn as the skins covering them are created by the artist from built, repetitive forms echoing remnants of the artist’s childhood, as opposed to the uniquely found materials that originally defined and enlivened her works. A range of prints utilizing unusual materials will reveal an artist engaging her roots and connected to a future vocabulary. – Soco Gallery
About the Artist…
Lemanski received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan in 1992. She was the 2015 Windgate Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC; and Artist in Residence at Penland School of Crafts, 2004-2007. Lemanski is in numerous private and public collections including the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; and the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies collection, Karachi, Pakistan.