We Were Never Told the Truth About the Dying of the Sun | Paul Cristina

Exhibit Dates: June 9 – July 9, 2017

In this recent body of work, Cristina was influenced by the idea of how we are often indoctrinated in various ways throughout our childhood, adolescence and into our adult life. Some methods of indoctrination are more obvious and have become normalized or trivialized within daily routine, while others remain rather harmful and discreet. He asked himself how these methods of indoctrination in the early stages of our lives can ultimately shape, dictate and potentially limit or confine our perception towards the world while at an age when we are simply too young to think critically for ourselves.

1218 | Hirona Matsuda

Exhibit Dates: March 31 – April 28, 2017

In her latest solo exhibition, Hirona Matsuda transforms the gallery space into an world inspired by the memories of her growing up in her family’s North Carolina home. 1218 features a new series of Matsuda’s sculptural and assemblage works as well as a site-specific installation which incorporates maple tree seeds found and given to the artist by numerous members of the Charleston community.

Birdcage | Chambers Austelle

Exhibit Dates: February 10 – March 10, 2017

Elegance, grace, and composure; three traits which for centuries have encapsulated the traditional mold of a lady in society. However, in Chambers Austelle’s most recent body of work, Birdcage, these unyielding constraints begin to crumble under the pressure of her subjects’ soul-searching gaze.

Austelle’s juxtaposition of monochromatic, figurative portraits placed into vibrant and surreal environments propels a wide range of her subjects’ thoughts and emotions away from the canvas and into the mind of the viewer. Birdcage evokes a raw and powerful dialogue on the dichotomy of the perceived status of women in today’s world.