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Pat Scull, Invaders

 

Paris Alexander, Gayle Stott Lowry, Gerry Lynch + Pat Scull

Surviving Art
October 2 – November 28, 2020

 
Four artists, Gayle Lowry, Gerry Lynch, Paris Alexander, and Pat Scullmet in Raleigh, NC in the early 1990s, became friends and exhibited their work together. Now 25 years and many exhibitions later, these artists are still very active and working hard to communicate their own artistic visions.  Although the work may seem very disparate when first observed, all four artists came to their individual creative directions through art as a portal through which to deal with many of life’s adversities.  Now when the entire world is fighting a pandemic and the level of social and political unrest is at an all-time high, the struggle to remain creative is very real.  These artists have found ways to persevere. This exhibit celebrates the work of these artists, their support for one another, their friendship, and the subsequent influence they have had on each other’s artistic lives.
 

Watch this gallery tour with Director of Artistic Programs Annah Lee! 

 

From Director of Artistic Programs Annah Lee: Twenty-five years ago, Raleigh and its visual art landscape was a very different place than it is today. Without the institutional support that currently exists, visual artists at this time had the challenge and opportunity to demonstrate the important role that art and artists had in formulating who we could be as a city. Artists Paris Alexander, Gerry Lynch, Pat Scull, and Gayle Stott Lowry were among the pioneering artists in downtown Raleigh who through collaboration, passion, and ingenuity helped to shape the current thriving artist community we now enjoy.

This exhibition celebrates the enthusiastic grassroots spirit that drove this small group of friends to first exhibit their work together in Raleigh’s Warehouse District in the early 90s. Though each of these artists has a distinct style and vision, their shared love of making and lasting support of one another form a common thread that resonates in the experience of the work. There is also a shared sense of survival amongst the works on view. The often bound, yet somehow triumphant figures in Alexander’s sculpture create an interesting dialog with the destruction of humanity and resilience of nature in Lowry’s environmental paintings. Similarly, the quirky rhythms referencing biological forms in Scull’s ceramic sculpture and painting, work in concert with Lynch’s dynamic painted assemblages inspired by music, social events and textiles. These artists have not only survived the ebbs and flows of a continually changing local arts scene, but they have each helped to define who we are today. 

 

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Paris Alexander, Memento Mori

PARIS ALEXANDER’s work (parisalexander.org) has been exhibited widely including in galleries, universities, and museums with numerous public and private commissions. His work is included in the collection of Wake Med, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC at Wilmington, Saks Fifth Avenue, the R.C. Kessler Collection, SAS Institute, former president Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, former Governor/Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, and many others. His work can be found across the US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria and Japan. He is also a well known instructor in sculpture, drawing and anatomy, having been an instructor for several NC Arts councils, The Lucy Daniels Center, the Artspace Arts and Outreach Programs and the NC Museum of Art Outreach Program.

“Paris uses the human form as his subject, frequently in carved stone, but also in clay and hard plaster, he expresses himself equally well in all these materials. In fact these varied elements contribute to the power of his art.”

-Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler, the Director of the NC Museum of Art

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Gayle Stott Lowry, Mitigating the Darkness

GAYLE STOTT LOWRY (gaylestottlowry.com) began her studies at East Carolina University, concentrating in Art and Education. She later narrowed her focus to painting, studying under the internationally known artists, Wolf Kahn and Sidney Goodman. Lowry has traveled extensively, and these ventures into unfamiliar territories and cultures broaden her worldview and offer inspiration for her work. Lowry’s work is in the NC Museum of Art and also in corporate collections, including The City of Raleigh, Rex Hospital, NC Heart and Vascular Center, Glaxo Smith Kline, SAS Institute, Progress Energy, R.J. Reynolds and IBM. She has been awarded a residency at Vermont Studio Center, a United Arts Council Project Grant and a project grant from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

Artist Statement: The process of creating often results in the cathartic release of unconscious material. It is this release by the artist that can potentially form a connection with viewers who are drawn to that particular creation. All of my landscapes in Surviving Art make symbolic use of the elements, often creating a narrative. Each viewer’s interpretation is influenced by their individual perception and life experience. Hearing interpretations and response to my paintings over a lifetime has reinforced my belief that we are drawn to certain creative work for very deep seated and personal  reasons. This process has been one of the greatest rewards for me as a visual artist. 

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l-r: Gerry Lynch, Africa Threads, detail; Gerry Lynch, Es Ist Verboten

GERRY LYNCH shares: “Surely I am not the only converted Southerner with a Boston accent! I came South thirty years ago by force from the North, but immediately I learned that was my lucky move. Here, because of the less hectic way of life, I found a friendly open-minded community (which included the other three artists in this show) where it was easy to make art. I quickly found my first studio at Artspace. Since then I’ve been painting non-stop.”

Artist Statement: Gerry Lynch’s influences for this group of paintings were: music (in this case, Richard Strauss’ music for two of his Last Four Songs, composed in 1948); literature and textile design (for the piece Africa Threads); and current social issues (for Justice and Es Ist Verboten).

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Pat Scull, Invader

PAT SCULL (patscull.com) was a member of Artspace for many years. She has shown her work nationally through the juried American Craft Council craft shows, Atlanta, Charlotte, Sarasota, Chicago and Baltimore. She has also shown her work in Philadelphia, New York, and the Smithsonian show in Washington, DC. She was represented by the Lee Hansley Gallery for almost twenty years. Recently, Scull was a participant in the invitational exhibit, Handcrafted, North Carolina Clay at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. She won a purchase award at the Mint Museum Potter Market Invitational in Charlotte, NC and this piece will be a part of the permanent collection at the Mint Museum. Currently, she is a member of The City Market Artist Collective in Raleigh’s City Market.

Artist Statement: Pat Scull’s work is about imagination and exploration. Many times the artist has imagined herself as a blood cell bumping up against other cells flowing through an artery. Sometimes the cell is clumped together for a long time with the same fellow cells and at other times, cells are companions for only an instant as they are swept away into some other artery and direction. From this perspective, Scull wonders what information is communicated by being in the same vicinity or in contact with the same cells however long or briefly it may be. 

Scull’s latest body of work focuses on a series of portraits of various contemporary women artists that have influenced and inspired the direction of her art. These women are other “cells” that have traveled through the same metaphorical artery and to whom she wishes to pay tribute.