The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents:
January 24- March 1, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 23 from 5-7pm
Artist’s Lecture: Saturday, February 21 at 2pm
Both events are free to the public
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Drawing from the Lifeline at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from January 24 – March 1, 2015, featuring mixed media work by Tyrone Geter. Marking the City Gallery’s first exhibition of 2015, Drawing from the Lifeline assembles a selection of new and recent work by Tyrone Geter curated by Frank McCauley, Chief Curator at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, January 23 from 5 to 7 pm. In addition, the public is invited to attend an artist’s talk by Tyrone Geter on Saturday, February 21 at 2pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
Tyrone Geter has forged a unique artistic practice spanning multiple media platforms including drawing, painting, and sculpture. His ongoing series entitled “Purgatory Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues” is most often executed with the most basic and humble of mediums, charcoal on paper. These initial compositions are then torn, cut, collaged and layered, creating works that generate a powerful dialogue questioning the slippery and illusive aspects of identity, race, and power in contemporary culture today.
Using imagery culled from memory and imagination, as well as close observations of everyday life, much of the inspiration for Geter’s work comes from his reactions to, and interpretations of, the events unfolding around him on the personal, as well as on the national and more universal level. He tackles vast emotional and political issues, culling images from events and experiences that he has witnessed himself and through the myriad media outlets available to us today. His immediate surroundings – family members, students, friends and acquaintances often serve as the jumping off point for his visual lexicon.