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The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 19, 2019 - 9:21 am

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.

Location and Hours

222 West Hargett Street
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
(open until 7 p.m, on opening reception nights)

Current Exhibit

Still UnStill Art Exhibition

Still [un]Still
Andie Freeman and Kaidy Lewis

June 12 – September 27, 2019

“a painter can say all he wants to with fruits or flowers, or even clouds.”

~Edouard Manet, Modernist painter

The still life has endured a complicated evolution throughout the canon of art history. Once discarded as a feminine past time used as an exercise to build skills, still life painting was elevated during the Dutch Golden Age, and then rediscovered in the modernist paintings of the nineteenth century. The works of artists Andie Freeman and Kaidy Lewis look to honor and deviate from the tradition in Still [un]Still.

Andie Freeman selects her objects and proceeds to the outdoors where she often suspends them, capturing the light and shadow as they move throughout the space. These are not static compositions of ostentatious possessions but are instead quite ordinary items that hold meaning and possible connections to the viewer. “We live in a disposable world that makes us critical of ourselves, and others. By elevating cherished and natural objects through my art, I highlight our common stories connecting us to find deeper meaning in our everyday,” says Freeman.

Kaidy Lewis’s use of vivid color and loose brushstrokes are a visual feast and have a sense of spontaneity and urgency that is in stark contrast to Freeman’s quiet and almost meditative works. The noticeable layers make it impossible to determine at times whether an object is receding or being brought forth, perhaps as an inference of human presence imposing control over these unruly goods within the composition. Lewis explains, “Color and pattern are the theatrical backdrop to a tell a dynamic tale. The narrative is refined until clarity and beauty emerges, because I believe a truth or wholeness has been obtained.”

Both Freeman and Lewis use the collection of human possessions as an opening to enriched visual conversations about the connections and consumption of the everyday objects we surround ourselves with.

History

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 nearly 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.

Exhibited Artists

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