2014 Cameron Gallery Exhibits

Faces and Spaces
portrait art by Eric Kelly III
September 19 – October 11, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 19 from 6-9 pm
More photos from this exhibit can be found here on our Flickr page.

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Eric Kelly’s artwork deals with themes of poverty, sports, politics and mortality. His work often exploits the expressive peculiarities of a subject. These subjects feature focused, staring eyes, over the top facial expressions, and the use of movement. Kelly draws on his individual experiences to paint complex, multi-dimensional image with the use of bold lines and abstract images. “My creative cadence detours from the sheer pursuit of beauty,” he says, “and celebrates a conscious engagement with social realism and political expressions.”

Eric Kelly III is an artist, historian, singer, and poet. He was born in Washington DC, raised in Durham, and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications from North Carolina Central University in 1982. His work has featured in solo and group shows throughout the South.

“Faces and Spaces” is the first exhibit in the Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new exhibition space. The Cameron Gallery exists thanks to the thoughtful contributions of our longtime friend Danny Cameron. Over the years, Cameron has volunteered his time and expertise along with operational and building support from the Dan Cameron Family Foundation. Cameron’s support invests in a future that embodies creative reuse in communities and provides space for exhibiting artists.

An opening night reception for “Faces and Spaces” will be held on September 19th from 6-9 pm with music from Tiny House, refreshments and art making. This exhibit is the first in our new and permanent location in the Lakewood Shopping Center, at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, in Durham. Cameron Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

 

Mutable and Constant
installation by Devin Utah
October 17 – November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17 from 6-9pm
Click here for the Flickr album

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A decayed VHS tape lodged in a VCR broadcasts flickering, distorted images while time-worn audio cassettes slow down until they sound otherworldly. Haunting glitches dance across salvaged television sets while the viewer views oneself through the lens of an old security camera. Defunct equipment, VHS tape, found images and forgotten objects are given new life in Devin Utah’s media installations. These exhibits fill a space with light, sound and reclaimed ideas. “At the core of my work is an impulse to transform my own thoughts and experiences into a collective voice, to which others can relate and draw strength,” says Utah. “From this place of shared emotional energy we can move forward towards an opening of ourselves to the psychic landscape around us.” Utah’s work tends towards the darker aspects of everyday life. It’s fitting that “Mutable and Constant, a show that celebrates the lifecycle of analog materials, should occupy in the Cameron Gallery during October, a month that includes Halloween, Samhain and other festivals of death and rebirth.

Since moving to Durham over a year ago, Utah’s work has featured repurposed old media and mutable atmospheres. A previous installation, Digital Dysphoria, was an immersive analog environment which took place at The Fellowship Hall, in collaboration with Kyle Knight, Rachel Nelson and AV Geeks.

“Mutable and Constant,” is the second exhibit in the Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new exhibition space is named in honor of our longtime friend Danny Cameron. Over the years, Cameron has volunteered his time and expertise along with operational and building support from the Dan Cameron Family Foundation. Cameron’s support invests in a future that embodies creative reuse in communities and provides space for exhibiting artists.

An opening night reception for “Mutable and Constant” will be held on October 17th from 6-9 pm with music, refreshments and art making. The exhibit runs through November 15. The Cameron Gallery is located inside our new and permanent location in the Lakewood Shopping Center, at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, in Durham. Cameron Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

 

When I Lose My Grip
installation of ceramic art by Anna Wallace
November 21-December 13, 2004
Openin Reception: Friday, November 21 from 6-9pm
Artist Performance: Friday, November 28 at 7:30pm

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With two dimensional art, it’s common practice that pieces are hung undisturbed on gallery walls from the time an exhibit opens until the time it closes. What happens when an artist shatters that tradition and chooses instead to invite the viewer to take part in the intentional destruction of art? Anna Wallace will explore this idea in the next exhibit at the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange.

“When I Lose My Grip,” is the fifth and final installation of Anna Wallace’s press-molded, screen-printed ceramic wallpaper tiles. Over the last few years, these tiles have appeared in a number of solo and group shows both in North Carolina and Ohio. From November 21st through November 27, these tiles will hang in the Cameron Gallery. On November 28th, in conjunction with Smashfest, The Scrap Exchange’s Black Friday celebration, Wallace will lead an interactive performance. “Participants will each be blindfolded and given a specific place to stand and a tile to hold,” says Wallace. Each participant will drop his/her tile on the ground in sequence, in an act of purposeful breakage.

Wallace says she doesn’t view this performance as the destruction of this body of work, but rather the creation of a new work of art. “Although breaking tiles is different from hanging them on a wall in a gallery setting, the formula is very similar.” Wallace says that when she hangs the tiles on the wall, human error causes breaks and imperfections in the pattern. “As participants of the performance follow the formula I design,” she says, “they are physically breaking the pieces and again, due to human error, the pattern is likely to have some imperfections.”

The key dates for the exhibit are as follows:

  • November 21, 6-9pm
    Opening night reception with interactive music from Junk Jams, refreshments and art making.
  • November 21-27th
    Ceramic tiles on display
  • November 28, 7:30pm
    Wallace leads a performance with audience participation to break tiles
  • November 29-Dec 13th
    The smashed remains are on display along with an audiovisual recording of the performance

 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered II
international mail art show
December 19 – January 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, December 19 from 6-9pm
Click here for the Flickr album

The next exhibit in the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse arts center’s new home from around the world.  Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is an art medium centered around sending small scale works through the postal service.  Mail art can include a wide variety of collage, mixed media and other techniques. The artwork is usually sent without an envelope, so that postage stamps, cancellation marks, and wear and tear during the delivery process become part of the art as it passes from one hand to the next.   The exhibit, titled “Signed, Sealed, Delivered II”, opens on Friday, December 19, 2014 and runs through January 10, 2015.

This show is the second international mail art exhibit curated by The Scrap Exchange. The first mail art show was hosted in the former Green Gallery in August, 2013 in the Scrap Exchange’s former location at Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham. Entries for this show have been received from artists across North Carolina and other states including Virginia, Hawaii, Florida, Ohio and Massachusetts .   Art has also been received from international artists in Germany, Spain and England.  All art received for this exhibit will be archived at The Scrap Exchange after the exhibit closes and be available in the future for public viewing upon request or used as teaching aids in future classes about mail art or collage.  A binder of the archived submissions from last year’s show will also be available in the gallery for viewing.

An opening reception for Signed, Sealed, Delivered II is scheduled on Friday, December 19 from 6-9pm.  The reception will be part of the annual Holiday Party at The Scrap Exchange.  Festivities include refreshments, free art-making and music. Cameron Galley receptions and the annual Holiday Party are free and open to the public.

 

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This project was supported by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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