2012

Exhibitions


January 19 - march 4

Faster Forward

This exhibition highlighted the work of nine artists from Israel to Canada and from Italy to New York whose new media, experimental film, and video works explored contemporary visual culture mediated through popular technologies.This diverse group of artists represents a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds, geographies and perspectives, each of which has taken distinctly different educational and professional paths to arrive where they are today.

March 29 - June 3

David Cianni: Alternate Universe

David Cianni, who lives in Aiken, S.C., and was born in Guatemala, has been creating life-size, robotic, cyborg-like sculptures from post-consumer, recycled materials for two decades. The sculptures, which included light features, have never been exhibited and had their world premier during Cianni’s March ­– May exhibition at 701 CCA. The sculptures are also featured in a story written by Cianni that the artist eventually envisions as a comic book. During his January – March residency, Cianni produced additional sculptures and built an elaborate cave system with light and sound features that together created a gallery-wide environment for his exhibition. During his residency, Cianni, who owns a metal construction company, conducted workshops for children about creating sculptures from recycled materials.

 
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June 28 - August 12

John Acorn: Project Pistols

With this premier presentation of his latest body of work, South Carolina contemporary art pioneer John Acorn showed that after more than five decades of art production, he still creates striking, ambitious and relevant work. Constructed mostly from wooden, cut out, painted pistols, the retired Clemson University art department chair built oversized sculptural representations of a charm bracelet, a pizza, lifesavers, a Palmetto tree, a heart, a crown, a wreath, a T-shirt, a person, a skull and other common phenomena. “I do not intend to be a crusader or missionary on issues regarding firearms,” the Verner Award winner says. “I do admit, however, to wondering about the fact that my culture is so enamored with firearms.”

 
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September 30 - October 14

Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today

This exhibition explored the work of nine furniture makers and sculptors who use the technique of bending wood in innovative, unusual and eloquent ways. The techniques used by these artists both borrow from and build upon various historical traditions. The work of Matthias Pleissnig draws from the rib and plank boat-building approach. The work by Clifton Monteith offers stellar examples of willow or “twig” bending. Mike Jarvi “unfolds” his furniture from within the plank, in a brilliant, almost origami-like motion, for which it is hard to find a precedent.

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Events


February - May

Allen University partnership Focused on Cianni Exhibition

April 19

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios/Nickelodeon Indie Grits Joint Kick-Off Event

An event that commemorated the start of the 2012 Columbia Open Studios weekend, held in conjunction with the Indie Grits festival as a joint celebration of the two events.

April 21 - 22

701 CCA Open Studios 2012

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios is an annual, self-led, driving tour of artists’ working studios spans the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ talented visual art community.

April 26

Richland One School District Partnership For Student Art Presentation

July

The 701 CCA Prize 2012

The 701 CCA Prize, organized by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is an art competition and exhibition for young professional South Carolina artists. The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit.

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Workshops


April

Children/Parents Recycled Materials Sculpture Workshops w/ David Cianni

During his residency, David Cianni held a workshop on creating post-consumer recycled sculptures, much like the ones he is known for. Parents and children participated in this workshop, creating their own recycled sculptures with the help of Cianni.

 
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June - July

Youth Summer Art Workshops

Each summer, 701 Center for Contemporary Art offers Youth Summer Art Workshops. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the arts, creating artwork under the guidance of local artists and art instructors. Students are able to work in several art making activities! Classes are held at 701 CCA’s Artist-in-Residence studio loft, located on the second floor of the historic 701 Whaley building in Columbia. The building was once the community center for mill workers and residents of the nearby Olympia mill village. Now Columbia’s budding artists can join the creative community at 701 CCA.

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Artists-in-Residency


January - march

David Cianni

Cianni has been creating life-size, robotic, cyborg-like sculptures from post-consumer, recycled materials for two decades. During his January – March residency, Cianni produced additional sculptures and built an elaborate cave system with light and sound features that together created a gallery-wide environment for his exhibition. During his residency, Cianni, who owns a metal construction company, conducted workshops for children about creating sculptures from recycled materials.

August - December

Dylan Critchfield - Sales

Columbia-based painter and draftsman Dylan Critchfield-Sales held workshops during his residency at 701 CCA. These workshops, held on November 3, 10, and 24th, as well as on December 1, focused on three-quarter and frontal portraits of a live model in sketchbooks. Critchfield-Sales’ work focuses on light and shadow to define subjects, and this same emphasis on light and shadow was applied to these workshops.