The Block Gallery
Office of Raleigh Arts
Located on the first and second floors of the Raleigh Municipal Building, The Block Gallery offers five to six exhibitions each year featuring works by artists who live or work in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County. Exhibitions are scheduled through a call for artists, juried by a selection panel of visual arts professionals, Raleigh Arts Commissioners and City staff.
NAVIGATING TO + FRO | March 30 - May 20
TEDD ANDERSON, AMY S. HOPPE, PETER MARIN
First Friday Artists Reception | May 6, 2016
Curated by Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
We often move mindlessly through space and environments as we navigate bypassing highways, grid-like intersecting city sidewalks or carefully partitioned cubicles without much thought as to how we relate to those places. Each of the Navigating To + Fro artists carefully considers these interactions and attempts to distort the boundaries between space and objects in their works, using geometry to explore perception and created worlds.
Imagined realms and curious creatures evolve as Tedd Anderson moves through the development of each work. Commenting on his process, he explains, “If a character is drawn, there is a world for it; if a world is drawn, there is a context for it. A tiny universe unfolds while I execute the drawing.” Each element within the drawing is purposeful and often repeated throughout the composition, be it a hatch line or a simple pattern.
Amy S. Hoppe is mesmerized by surfaces and the decorating strategies many of us use to cover, camouflage or enhance them. Utilizing overlooked and often utilitarian details found in institutional and domestic spaces, her material selections read like a list from the local home improvement store: wallpaper, contact paper, duct tape and so on. Hoppe responded directly to the Block Gallery space and created an installation specifically for the display cases, stating, “They begged for the accolades they were built to display. I wanted to emphasize the celebratory but sometimes arbitrary nature of these (trophy) prizes and fill the display cases with excessively ornamented awards in recognition of everyday tasks, esoteric competitions and imagined honors.”
Architecture has a strong influence on Peter Marin’s work, which aligns stylistically with the German Bauhaus school of thought with the ideal of a “total” work of art encompassing all artistic disciplines. His geometric forms fill the canvas in a manner reminiscent of the Swiss-German artist Paul Klee, creating compositional constructed planes with a hyper-attention to color. He is a natural draftsman and explores with great precision the perception of various colors placed side by side and the varying effects they produce. Marin uses color much like a language that creates a narrative for the viewer through emotional associations. In addition, he employs the reductive geometry of simplistic forms that relate to the perception of space.
Transforming the static two-dimensional surface into an illusionary three-dimensional field with intriguing possibilities, the works in Navigating To + Fro are related in their use of geometric forms and manipulations of space, but differ in the unique observational interpretations of each artist.
Images above (left
Tedd Anderson, Slow/Just Death (detail), 2015, acrylic and colored pencil on paper, 25” x 72”
Amy S. Hoppe, Penciled In, 2015, digital photographs, handmade paper, graph paper, pencil, post-it note, wallpaper, 22” x 14"
Peter Marin, New Construction Techniques (detail), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 40” x 38”
Gallery is scheduled through July 2017.
Eligibility requirements for the Block Gallery are as follows:
- Applicants must be eighteen years of age or older and residing or working in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County for at least one year by the application due date.
- Artists applying to the Block Gallery must have participated in two juried or invitational shows in the past five years.
- Commercial gallery representatives are not eligible to apply on behalf of artists or as curators, although artists represented by a commercial gallery are eligible to apply individually.
- Curators may propose an exhibit for the Block Gallery or for the Block Gallery's second-floor cases. All artists included in the curator's proposal must meet the eligibility requirements for artists who apply individually.
The Block Gallery was designed to serve as one of the city's premier exhibition spaces. Managed by the Office of Raleigh Arts, the gallery has introduced close to 200 artists to area residents and visitors since its inception in 1984. Dedicated in 2006 to honor community leader Miriam Preston Block, its marble walls and impressive staircase provide an ideal setting for art.
In accordance with the mission "to connect local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach," the Block Gallery fosters great artists and great art.
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Location and Hours
222 West Hargett Street
M-F, 8:30am - 5:15pm (open until 7pm on opening reception nights)