TWO ARTISTS, ONE SPACE: ANDREA DONNELLY & HEATHER LEWIS
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12/14/2012
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Greenhill celebrates the role of women in art with an exhibition curated by Edie Carpenter, featuring works by two emerging women artists, Two Artists, One Space | Andrea Donnelly and Heather Lewis.  The exhibition opens at Greenhill for a Member’s Only Preview on January 31 from 5:30-7:30pm. 

  

Heather Lewis,  Floral Armchair, 2012, Projection, Dimensions variable

Exhibiting artists, Andrea Donnelly and Heather Lewis, individually create process-oriented works that invite the viewer to experience them as both physical and mental spaces.  Andrea Donnelly’s wall-size weaving’s representing figures in meditative poses or imprints of the artist’s body are created by a time consuming process called “warp weaving”.  Donnelly unweaves her work and re-weaves it, creating many layers in her final piece. 

Carpenter explains, “Donnelly’s wall-sized weaving’s representing figures in meditative poses or imprints of the artist’s body evoke a sensory response to the physical act of weaving as the viewer approaches or passes between suspended woven panels.   This labor-intensive approach, lends Donnelly’s figures a tension between the psychological and the physical, and a resonating interiority that is revealed by the matrix of the cloth.” 

Donnelly received her undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University in Psychology and Art & Design.  She received an MFA in Fibers from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her innovative weaving has gained national and international attention, with her highly lauded May 2012 show, Binary, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and her most recent presentation in Green Hill Center’s annual Winter Show exhibition.  Additionally, she has shown in numerous group shows since 2007 and eight solo or two-person shows.


Heather Lewis’s installations investigate the drawing medium through stenciling, cut paper, and light projections which transform the silhouettes of everyday objects into new contexts.  Her interest in industry becomes more exploratory and abstract. “Growing up in Trinidad next a large oil refinery meant that shadows and industry were part of my world. Living in Northern Europe later emphasized the role of electric power and light in daily life,” states Lewis, “Seven years as a production potter gave me experience of small scale manufacturing and the commercial world… but looking for more creative opportunity, I then obtained a BFA and MFA…As a fine artist my interest in industry is more exploratory and abstract.”  Lewis obtained both her BFA and MFA from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland.  Her work has been in numerous solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, including The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

  

Andrea Donnelly, The Veiling #1, #2, and #3, 2012,  132” x 102”, hand-woven and dyed cotton, painted with textile pigment 

Since Greenhill's earliest days, women have been a driving force as leaders, artists, and supporters.  “Women affect change. They multitask. They take care of many. They accomplish much. They think about the world differently. They create different visual narratives,” says Laura Way, Executive Director and CEO of Greenhill, “Not unlike these two emerging female artists who bring fresh and innovative approaches to their work—they are leading their fields.  Heather Lewis’ work is an open-ended exploration of ideas. Andrea Donnelly’s work feels ephemeral and complex, yet so familiar.”

 

On February 1, the Public Opening of Two Artists, One Space, Greenhill will host a Downtown Greensboro First Friday event from 6:00 – 9:00pm with a musical performance by Lake Isle. The event is free and open to the public. Lake Isle’s performance will start at 7:30pm in The Gallery at Greenhill. The exhibition will be open through March 24, 2013

Lake Isle will perform from 7:30-8:30pm on Friday, February 1st for the Public Opening of Two Artists, One Space. 

Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center.  Greenhill is the only non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting, promoting, and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of North Carolina.  Greenhill Members receive exclusive benefits.  Membership starts at $35. To learn more about becoming a member of Greenhill, please email info@greenhillnc.org.

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