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Video: Tim Hussey’s Drown Then Swim at City Gallery

Charleston artist Tim Hussey’s newest show opened at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Thursday, and we have a little sneak preview video for you!


Drown Then Swim with Me Tonight!

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During my time at the hallowed College of Charleston, I had the grand idea to enroll in the Arts Management class called “Gallery Fundamentals.”  Not really knowing what it would be about, but liking the sound of it, I went for it.  This class changed my life.

I had always loved art, but here I found the diving board for jumping into the swimming pool known as my career.  I was meant to be a gallery director!  I got to touch the art!  There was wine at the openings!  What wasn’t to love?!

That semester I studied with Buff Ross, who has become a long-time friend as well as mentor.  The class worked on several exhibitions at the Halsey Institute in the original gallery at the Simons Center.  This was where I first met Tim Hussey and his work.

Some girls go crazy over movie stars.  I was enthralled and starry eyed by artists.  A lot has changed since then–but I still never get tired of having the chance to swim around inside a fascinating person’s mind.  Hang a lot of their art work in one room and let yourself drown in it.   Tim Hussey is perfect for this.

Tim once told me that in order to abstract, you have to master the academic.  In layman’s terms, you must be able to make a perfect likeness of an object or a figure before you can jump from the high dive into abstract art.   Otherwise, the work will sell you out.  In the chaos and the madness of his artwork, you can see so many moments and pieces colliding into perfection on the canvas.

While I sometimes find his paintings to be incredibly sensual or alluring, sometimes repelling, they key is that they are engaging.  The definition of ‘Art’ can be so broad and very vague, but the ultimate goal is always the same–to engage.   I don’t really care whether you love or hate a piece of art work, I care that it makes you actually THINK.

Tim Hussey: Drown Then Swim opening at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, December 16, 6-8 pm.  Artists lecture and walk through Saturday, December 18, 6pm.  34 Prioleau Street, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com.

bluesphere continues with ‘Favelas’ Thursday at City Gallery

If you have somehow missed the wicked cool art installation in Marion Square, you need to come downtown more or open your eyes.  bluesphere: Earth Art Expo is happening!

Check out our article on it in this Fall’s issue of Art Mag.

This Thursday, Favelas: architecture of survival by Pedro Lobo will open at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.  It is one of the many things you should be putting on your list to do this week!  Opening reception is from 6 – 8 pm; there will be an artist lecture and walk through on Saturday at 2pm.

Pedro Lobo is a Brazilian-born photographer who, in this work, charts the longest-lived of the world’s squatter settlements, Rio de Janerio’s favelas.

City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street.

Make your proposal now!

No, we’re not asking you to get down on one knee or anything.  The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is inviting all contemporary artists to submit their fine art exhibition proposals.  It can be installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, you name it.  You may propose group or solo shows–but if you want a solo show, we advise you make sure you can fill it!  This space is a gift from the city of Charleston to artists and art lovers everywhere.  So make good use of it!

Submission deadline is September 1, 2010 by 5 pm.

Drop off your proposals in person at the City Gallery, email it to Gallery Coordinator Erin Glaze at Glazee@charleston-sc.gov, or mail it to the City Gallery, but make sure it’s there by 5 pm on September 1st!

Proposal packet should include: letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, press clippings, high resolution images–minimum  300 dpi, people! projected budget, including but not limited to: artwork shipment/transportation, gallery guide/brochure, postcard invitation, outside exhibition banner, opening reception catering and beverage, installation materials, etc.

City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC 29401.  843.958.6484