Points of View: Opinions
This July and August Craven Arts Council and Gallery presents “Points of View: Opinions” in the Main Gallery. This exhibition by seven Eastern North Carolina artists explores concepts of identity, gender, and the role of government. The exhibition will be open July 5th thru August 27th, with receptions on July 8th and August 12th from 5 to 8 p.m. during the New Bern Artwalk.
The show will feature the work of Kiki Farish, GeeVee Meyer, Elizabeth Spencer, Chris Wagner, Catherine Connolly, Chris Morgan, and Vik Sexton, working in a variety of styles and media. Each artist has been given the opportunity to choose their central concept or theme relating to the idea of identity and dialogue. The goal of the show is to promote healthy discussion on the topics raised, including gender roles, isolation, body image, government power, and mortality. The artists’ works serve to stimulate sustained dialogue around these issues and inspire others to find their creative voice. Through art and discourse, people broaden and develop their own perspectives. This reflection and exploration can lead to a more active citizenship as people transform the way they see themselves in relation to their community and their world. To foster this dialogue the show will feature a statement by each artist on their work, and QR codes that will connect to a digital forum to allow discussion to occur throughout the length of the show.
All seven artists have ties to New Bern and eastern North Carolina. Kiki Farish is an accomplished artist who received her MFA from ECU, and has lived, worked, and shown throughout eastern NC, as well serving as the juror of the Twin Rivers Artist Association Show at Bank of the Arts. Chris Morgan lives in New Bern and received her BFA in Sculpture from East Carolina University, where she is currently working on her MFA. Chris Wagner and GeeVee Meyer both reside in New Bern and have studios at Fine at Baxters Gallery. Vik Sexton works and lives in Greenville, and has participated in past Juried Shows here at Bank of the Arts. Catherine Connolly is the winner of the 2015 Bank of the Arts Juried Show.
To promote dialogue surrounding the work each artist has answered three questions about themselves and the exhibition. The viewers are asked to answer the same three questions, and give responses to the work. The discussion and answers are hosted here to allow participation by all members of the community. Our hope is to create discussion that broadens the mind and encourages everyone to find their own creative voice.
1) What one word would you use to describe the feeling the work evokes? Explain if you wish
2) What one question would you ask the viewer/artist?
3) How has this body of work affected you?