Friday, 13 February – Saturday, 4 April 2015
The Ackland Museum Store is proud to present Necessary Work, a group show of work created by local artists at Golden Belt Artist Studios. Guest curator Heather Gordon works alongside contemporaries Martha Clippinger, Brianna Gribben, Linwood Hart, and Warren Hicks at Golden Belt Studios, housed in a former mill building (Bldg 3) at the Golden Belt complex in downtown Durham. The mixed media work in this show is diverse: thoughtful and sensitive, quirky and modern, romantic and whimsical. The common thread among all of the artists in this show is their innate desire to create, and a need to make things. Theirs is work that is “necessary.”
On a recent walk with a friend, she remarked at how it was likely that cathedral builders continued to work knowing they would likely never see the completed structures. Many of us, as artists, do the same. There is no end. There is no retirement. We work and make objects until we can no longer do so. We have this sense that we are adding to the canon. We are links in a never-ending chain of people translating their feelings and experiences into objects of desire, and learning about ourselves through the process. — Heather Gordon
Heather Gordon works as the Artist Liaison at Golden Belt. As an artist, she is expressing her strong interest in forms of communication, and looks for the narratives of her life in numbers. Her work has been shown extensively throughout North Carolina where she has lectured at such places as the Ackland Art Museum and Green Hill Center for NC Art. In August of 2014, Heather was awarded a North Carolina Artist Fellowship through the North Carolina Arts Council.
Martha Clippinger focuses on the “between” of painting and sculpture. Her work draws attention to color, the physical quality of the materials used, and reflects the space in which it is to be installed. She is the recipient of many grants and awards and has exhibited her work both in the United States and abroad. Martha is a current recipient of a Golden Belt Residency.
Brianna Gribben is a mixed media artist who uses various media including knitting, crochet, sewing, drawing, collage, and writing to create three dimensional works of art. She also works in video, sound, and installation. Gribben creates as a way to understand herself and connect with others. She hopes to break down the cultural expectations surrounding gender, beauty, shame, and the grotesque. Brianna is a recent recipient of a Durham Art Guild Artist Residency at Golden Belt.
Linwood Hart sees his work as an ongoing journey. His multimedia works evolve and develop through a series of layers over months, sometimes years. Hart’s paintings often relate to his childhood growing up on a farm, his love of photography, and his obsession with his own mortality. His most recent work reflects his brief stint living in Minneapolis and his return to North Carolina. Linwood is a past recipient of a Durham Art Guild Artist Residency at Golden Belt.
Warren Hicks is a self-taught painter. Constant experimentation has influenced and created evolution in his media and style. He is always in search of the next challenge. An established abstract painter, his recent forays into photography and conceptual art have been met with critical acclaim. His work has been shown throughout the United States and in Beijing, China. Warren was the first artist to sign a lease at Golden Belt.
Necessary Work opens on 13 February 2015 and is on display through 4 Saturday April 2015.