Putting a ‘Face’ on Artistic Creation

Thirty North Carolina artists, including a number from the Wilmington area, will be participating in “The Self-Portrait Show,” opening Sunday at 2TenHaustudio, 15930 N.C. 210 in Ivanhoe, just across the Pender County line.

According to organizer and gallery owner Diane Hause, the exhibit comes to two parts. First, participating artists have wheat-pasted enlarged black-and-white photographs of themselves onto trees in the Bladen County woods surrounding the gallery. Inside the gallery, self-portraits by the artists in various media will be displayed.

The show will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with a catered lunch and music by singer-songwriter Michelle Malone, beginning at 3 p.m.

Afterward, the exhibit will be open by appointment through May 31.

Hause said “The Self-Portrait Show” was inspired by the Inside Out Project, an international participatory art project launched in 2011 by the TED-prize-winning artist JR that intends to put a “face” on artistic creation.

According the website, the project was “inspired by JR’s large-format street ‘pastings.’ … Each Inside Out group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online, and nearly 200,000 people from more than 112 countries and territories have participated.”

The project has generated work in Palestine and in such countries as Ecuador, Nepal and Mexico, with themes including hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change and more.

Area artists participating include Kinga Baransky, Benjamin Billingsley, Michelle Connolly, MJ Cunningham, Elizabeth Darrow, Robert and Sharon Ely, Bonnie England, Virginia Wright-Frierson, Virginia Gibbons, Kristin Gibson, Mia Hankins, Hause, Janette Hopper, Fritzi Huber, Saben Kane, Anne and Bob Kurowski, Marsha McKee, Leslie Pearson, Abby Spangel Perry, Elaine Reed, Colleen Ringrose, Dick Roberts, Vicky Smith, Barbara Squires, Pam Toll, Gayle Tustin and Richard and Ruth Whitaker.

— Ben Steelman for StarNews
May 21, 2014

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