© Chris A Crumley

February 7, 2016

Native - Eight Bells - Opens

I was happy to be part of the creation (underwater sequences) of "Eight Bells," a movie and part of the the NATIVE exhibition opening this coming Friday. Here are some of the details:

opens Friday, February 12th at 5pm
curated by
Charlotte Potter & Gayle Forman
featured artists:
Virginia Van Horn, Randy Hess, Robert Sites, Victoria Farr, Peter Eudenbach, Mary Dixon, Luis Adelfio, Kathy Little, Kathleen Kennedy, Julia & Robin Rogers, John Roth, Joan Biddle, Hen Cho + Christopher Revels, Heidi Peelen, Heather Bryant, Emily Bartelt, Echard Wheeler, Diana Laurel Caramat, Christiana Caro, Carl Medley III, and Avery Shaffer
About the exhibition:
Rutter Family Art Foundation invites you to Work | Release for their upcoming exhibition, Native, featuring more than 20 artists with local ties to Norfolk and southeastern Virginia.

Defined, the word Native is the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being. Generally considered the location in which someone originated, it is a word that denotes belonging and an ingrained ownership of a place, creating an invisible community. This exhibition explores the many facets of being Native, specifically within Eastern Virginia, and how the unique qualities of the land and culture distinctly informed the creation of the 21 pieces included in the show.

As a community almost entirely surrounded by water and rising sea levels, there is an ingrained lifestyle within Norfolk's nomadic culture. Being one of the world's largest ports creates a transient space between water and land, home and away, environment and industry. A landing point throughout history, these waterways have been arteries that flow deep into our nation and leave Norfolk and the surrounding region brimming with history and local lore. Whether one heralds from afar or has always called Norfolk home, the social and political cartographies spill into daily life and seep into the artist's studio. Works consider the uncanny pairings of flooded front porches and a pelt made of lost keys, sugary frosting and historic wallpaper, military mothers to Virginia Beach tourists, and the euphoric discovery of sunken treasure, only to find imported knock-offs. This survey of local artists was selected from an open call and encompasses a range of approaches to artistic practice, from self-taught artists to full time makers, from academics and educators to collaborative teams. Native is an innate glimpse into the ways in which sea and land have a significant impact on a sense of home and personal identity.

Charlotte Potter is an educator, conceptual artist and designer who creates jewelry, sculpture, video, installation and performance. Her work explores the different ways in which humans connect to one another and has been exhibited worldwide at Museums, Galleries and Art festivals. Born and raised in Vermont, Potter holds a BFA from Alfred University and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is trained as a traditional glassmaker. Charlotte has been a pioneer in developing glass as a performative and conceptual medium. Currently Potter is the Glass Studio Manager and Programming Director at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. http://www.charlottepotter.com/

As an avid fan of frozen treats, Gayle Forman seems to gravitate toward things that melt, spill, and generally make a mess. As an artist and designer her studio practice and research focuses on play, imagination, the absurd and the everyday. The work is realized as performance, video, photography, installation and sculpture. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gayle received her BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Currently Gayle is located in Norfolk, Virginia as a Studio Instructor at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. http://gayleeforman.com/

Native - Eight Bells - Opens

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