The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is pleased to begin 2013 with an exhibition of work by contemporary New York based artist Lesley Dill. Entitled, "Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan", the exhibition invites audiences to delve into art, literature, spirituality, feminism — even fashion.
Nationally known for the unexpected and dramatic ways in which she fuses art and language, Dill explores the relationships between language and transformational experience through multi-faceted work that appeals to a wide range of interests. Describing language as “the touchstone, the pivot point of all my work,” Lesley Dill reveals the potential of words to stir feelings and convey hidden meanings.
Her synthesis of a lyric vocabulary into bronze, foil, wire, paper, fabric, and horsehair informs an innovative style that radiates visual eloquence. Unified by their layers of words, figures, and symbolic imagery, the artworks in Poetic Visions underline Dill’s desire to render transcendental experience into form. Her work represents a symphony of spiritual traditions, in which New Orleans street preacher/visual artist artist Sister Gertrude Morgan is just one of the players. Dill was drawn to this famous folk artist, who also merged text and image in her work, because of her strength and conviction of belief.
Inspired by her two-year sojourn in India and the illuminating aspects of diverse faith traditions, Dill interprets relationships between the physical and the spiritual. Her expressive artworks, layered with multiple meanings, also reference nature and human identity.
The exhibition is on view everyday from January 25 to March 9.
FREE admission + FREE guided group tours are available.
Pair a tour of the exhibition with a campus visit!
161 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston, SC
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For more information about the exhibition and images, visit http://halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/lesley-dill/