Redux Contemporary Art Center

REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences.

Redux Contemporary Art Center is thrilled to announce that after a five-plus year search, the organization’s new home has been secured at 1056 King Street, on the ground floor of the two-story warehouse that once housed Port City Paper and a roller skating rink. This stunning building was built circa 1942 but has been vacant for 15 years or so. This new location will more than double the footprint of Redux, from the combined 7,200 sf of the original locations at 136 St. Philip Street, where the organization has resided since its founding in 2002. The entire operations of Redux will be moved to 1056 King Street, with a target opening date of first quarter 2016.

Offering affordable studios for emerging local artists is central to the mission of Redux, and these new studios will be spacious, professional, and affordable with improved amenities for artists.

Upcoming Exhibits:

Gabriel Lovejoy: Positional Ambivalence: 

Positional Ambivalence attempts to celebrate the medium of paint, in many forms, as a vehicle for communicating complex ambivalence.

Exhibition on view: May 6 – June 17, 2017

 


Friday Fiver: Stacy Huggins

MH20151023-10Stacy Huggins is surrounded by art. As the Executive Director at Redux Contemporary, she oversees the exhibits as well as the artist work spaces in the facility. She is also the Executive Editor for Art Mag, which covers the Charleston art scene. In addition to the art exhibits, Redux is also known for its classes. Starting Jan. 20, Redux will be offering a four-week screenprinting class, led by instructor/artist Todd Anderson. We sat down with Stacy for this week’s Friday Fiver.

As a contemporary art studio, you have wide-ranging exhibits that rotate through Redux. What exhibit has most surprised visitors to Redux?

Probably the ones that included taxidermy – three to date – Wunderkammer, the most beautiful photographs of roadkill you’ve ever seen, with three taxidermied squirrels by Kimberly Witham in January 2014; Andrea Stanislav’s Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted in July 2013; and most recently Rufous: The Stuff of Life by local artists Becca Barnet and Michelle Jewell. Something about a formerly-live creature in an art gallery seems to throw people. I keep a Becca Barnet squirrel in my office year-round for the sheer joy of shocking folks when they notice her.

Who would be your dream exhibit to show at Redux (and feel free to bend the restraints of time)?

Well, to stay true to our mission, I’d stick with a modern day artist. I’d love to give Theaster Gates the keys to the castle and two or three weeks to work, then come back to see what he’s done with the place.

At the screenprinting class, attendees will learn the art of screenprinting and be able print a T-shirt, hoodie, etc. What is your favorite piece of screenprinting you have ever made?

I actually learned to screen print at Redux, from my predecessor Karen Ann Myers. I think more than anything I’ve made for myself in that class or since, my favorite print I’ve ever pulled was for a little girl at an Enough Pie Romney Street Mini-Park outreach event that we participated in. When she saw me put down a blank piece of paper, lay down the screen, pull the squeegee across it, and lift it all to reveal the print, she proclaimed it was “Magic!” and asked if she could keep it. That was the best print I ever made.

The mural on the outside of Redux is a huge part of the studio’s personality. How do you go about deciding what the next mural will be?

The mural changes once or twice a year, and it’s largely dependent on budget and the quality of the proposals we receive. It’s frightening to tally up how much painting a new mural on our wall actually costs; we’d change it a lot more often if we had the cash and/or supplies! Who wants to send me a proposal!?

If you could wave a magic wand over Charleston, what one thing would you make happen?

A 10,000+ sq ft building, with 20-30 killer artist studios, the most amazing galleries ever, lecture hall, classroom, print shop, darkroom, artist lounge, and a studio apartment or Tiny House out back for visiting artists – with the deed in Redux’s name!

 


Cooper River pier getting a makeover

The last remaining pier from the Cooper River Bridge will soon serve as a tribute to the traditional colors of Charleston’s historic buildings.bridge

Jim Weinberg, who moved to Charleston with his wife Linique in April, has spearheaded the project, which will transform the concrete structure into a palette of 10 colors.

The top will be painted with the word “Charleston,” which only be visible by air. An interior designer by trade, Weinberg donated his design time for the project. The pier is located on East Bay Street, next to the on ramp to the Ravenel Bridge. The previous bridge was torn down a decade ago when the Ravenel opened.

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Weinberg has worked on similar projects across the country, volunteering with Keep
America Beautiful.

“Public art’s been a big part of our career,”
he said.

 

To hear more about the project from Weinberg, watch the video below:

Jim Weinberg, left, discusses plans for the pier painting, with a model of the pier in hand.

Painters used a lift basket to reach the top of the structure.

 


Friday Fiver: Summer and Brian Peacher

CHSIFF Slide 2015If you’re a fan of movies, Brian and Summer Peacher have you covered. The dynamic duo hosted the inaugural Charleston International Film Festival in 2008, and it has grown and expanded each year. This year’s festival is Nov. 4-8, and is slam packed with a wide array for cinephiles. But it’s not just watching movies — the CIFF also hosts workshops and seminars (even one on drone filming). To learn more about the Charleston International Film Festival, visit www.charlestoniff.org. And, if you purchase an Arts Alliance Arts Matter Card (proceeds go to the Lowcountry Arts Fund that benefits area art non-profits such as CIFF), you will receive buy one get one free tickets at the CIFF (excluding opening and closing nights). To purchase an Arts Matter Card, visit https://charlestonartsalliance.org/artsfund/artscard/.

We hope you get to know the CIFF, and in the meantime, we sat down with the Peachers for our Friday Fiver so you can get to know them better.

The Charleston International Film Festival is now in its 8th year. How has it changed since the first Festival?

SUMMER: That’s tough – it has gotten better each year in so many ways: more high quality films from a variety of more countries (this year we have films from 12 countries), great informative industry workshops, fun networking events, stronger team and greater attendance.

BRIAN: The scope and size of the organization has grown. It started out Summer and I organizing things from the West coast. Now we live here and there’s a Board, Task Force, Screening Committee, and tons of kind Volunteers. Being a non-profit organization, it’s the people that are the strength of the organization and Brian and Summer Peachermake it successful.

What would you tell an aspiring filmmaker who would want to be in next year’s Festival?

SUMMER: Be smart on what film you choose to make, play into your strengths and start with a short.  Do something that makes you feel good, something that you can be proud about at the end of the day. Give it everything you got!

BRIAN: Start with a short film before trying to shoot a full length feature. Come to the festival to network and take advantage of some of the free workshops like virtual production, camera drone tips, and principles of animation.

The shortest movie you have in the Festival is “See You Soon,” which is two minutes long. What is the key to telling a story in that short of time?

SUMMER: Have a fun story, great actors to tell the story and a crew that can make it all come to life.

BRIAN: Make it quick :-)

If you’re scrolling through the channels at night, what is your one guilty pleasure movie that you have to watch to the end?

SUMMER: There are so many movies I love – I caught myself watching THE GREEN MILE the other day to the end and it still made me cry.  Oldie but still a good one.

BRIAN: We cut the cord and don’t have cable. I’m more of a HULU, Amazon, Netflix guy and like to check out the ‘new releases’.

Movie popcorn: Butter or no butter?

SUMMER: Butter and extra salt!  What is a movie without the proper delicious popcorn.

BRIAN: Light butter on the top with salt. At home, a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on popcorn is good too.

 


Street exhibit: ‘Faces of a Neighborhood’

alterman1Local photographer Jack Alterman has transformed a stretch of Columbus Street into an homage to the people who live nearby.

East Siders Matter: Face of a Neighborhood in Transition features dozens of large black and white portraits of neighborhood individuals. Young and old, black and white, new and long-time residents are featured in the portraits that adorn the chain link fence a block off of East Bay Street.

Every picture tells a story, and Alterman remembers each and every one. Take, for example, Henry:

Swing by Columbus Street and check out the pictures while you can. And if you see Jack Alterman there, ask him to tell you a story behind one of the pictures. You won’t be disappointed.

Because Arts Matter.

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