July 29 – August 9, 2014
Chance Murray is a Southern mixed media artist who works with pretty much anything he can get his hands on. The work is primarily based in painting but perspective, figures, and objects are all highly sculpted, protruding out from the surface but still contained within its frame. His work as explained by him is “things for, by, about and in the South. Maybe sometimes the stranger parts, but things like that really happen, sometimes. I try to make them a little bit funny.” Chance is the recipient of a 2011-2012 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. He lives, works, and breathes in Cedar Grove, North Carolina.
This is an exhibit of paintings based on things that can only happen in the South. I love the South! The calm and quiet (I live in the very rural south, where things get real strange, but, if I had to be in a city, I’s prefer a Southern one). I like the fact that there are stories, and an under-the-surface quality to small town, and even rural life.
I can remember mountains of rubber tires in the tire store up the road, the man who, when talking, started in a low pitch that climbed up, and up and up, right into the stratosphere, then crashed back down like a clap of thunder. That man used to stop his truck every time he saw a snake crossing the road, get out, and unload his .357 magnum into the thing. The man who got shot up the road up here by his wife’s lover, the smell of freshly spread chicken shit, and the list goes on!
And so, presented here in an exhibit called (7), is a collection of the true underbelly of Southern life. Hope you enjoy!
Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 7 – 10 pm
July 29, 2014