Upfront Gallery & Lobby

Vanessa Murray

September 6 – 28
Upfront Gallery

First Friday Gallery Walks:
Sept 6 | 6-10pm

Artist Talk + Tour:
Sat September 28 | 12pm

Vanessa Murray, Sepulchral

All things physically change form over expanses of time and external forces create certain topographies around us. In this body of work, negative spaces appear as cavities. These pockets of space have developed from the artist’s fascination with caves, chasms and the way crevices or folds behave. Vanessa Murray is influenced by any type of hole, split or fracture, whether seen in an image of an arctic ice sheet or an open wound. Openings are instinctively mysterious, having the potential to create various levels of unease or anxiety. It’s our long fascination with the abyss. These moments in the work become contemplations on mortality and the unknown. Ultimately though, both paintings and sculptures are absorbed in conveying a sense of slow movement, a state of transformation that is taking shape. Murray’s process is driven by the complex relationship between positive form and negative space. It’s a dynamic relationship that is never constant, but rather fluid and changeable. Movement and change occur continuously around us, but it’s the imperceptible shifts that are inspiration for the work in this show.

Vanessa Murray received her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and recent exhibitions include Uncertain Becomings, Art of Style, Raleigh; Artifact, Gutter Box Gallery, Raleigh; and Analogous, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL.


Vanessa Murray, Gravitate


Site-Specific Installation:
Tedd Anderson

Davie St Entrance

Tedd Anderson’s mural features the iconic “dry space” characters for which the artist is known set in a landscape filled with swirling, topographic lines, jagged edges, and meditative objects and shapes. A banner with a poem scrawled on its surface runs through the piece, bringing the imagery into a cohesive whole.