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Art of Downtown Charlotte — Part VI: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

Greetings once again and I know it has been a bit of a hiatus. This time I am going to focus on three sculptures of the downtown area that are close to home, as in really close to home (as in the law school is located in the Charlotte Plaza building). I have wondered about these pieces for some time and due to the good folks at Hines who manage the Charlotte Plaza building, I was able to get some basic information, and from there I was able to launch my research.

The first and perhaps my favorite is called Untitled; however, it has been given the unofficial title of Four Seasons. The sculpture is located near the water fountain area where patrons can sit outside to enjoy their lunch. The sculpture is 78 inches tall and 28 inches wide. It is mixed media of chrome steel and what appear to be high fire ceramic panel motifs. An etched steel abstract weather vane tops the obelisk-like object.

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The name of the artist attributed to the sculpture is Alice Proctor. You can image what sort of time I had attempting to research such a ubiquitous name. While I did find a number of artists and sculptors of that name, none of them appeared to fit the style or areas of focus as the above piece. Unfortunately, the company that manages the Charlotte Plaza were not able to provide me with additional information. They stated that the sculpture was purchased by the previous building management and they do not know what consideration was used in the selection of the art. Therefore, if any of you that read this have further knowledge, please contact me.

Next is a sculpture that any of you who have dined or walked past the Carolina Ale House on the ground floor of the Charlotte Plaza have seen and perhaps you have wondered, “What the heck is that?”

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The above is titled Two Angled Forms. Yes, I know you would think creative people could come up with creative titles as well. Of course labeling art objects untitled is a trend in modern art, as the idea is that a specific title immediately conveys certain predispositions as to how the object was perceived. Therefore, Two Angled Forms, while descriptive, is also neutral enough to allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

Two Angled forms was created by sculptor James Rosati, a noted artist in this particular style of large abstract sculpture. The sculpture is 16 feet by 20 by 10 made of chrome steel and was commissioned in 1983. Additional information about the work of James Rosati can be found here.

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Finally we have Mountain Tango. Now there is a title! This work is on display on the Mall level right beside the Charlotte School of Law Welcome Center. You cannot miss it, as it is right between the parking deck and mall proper. This is the work of Ali Baudoin and is similar in style and presentation to the Rosati work mentioned above. Again, this is made from chrome steel (I am sensing a trend here). The placement of this particular work is a bit unfortunate, as it is not in the best place for viewing. I had quite the time getting a decent enough photograph with the lighting and cramped space it was placed in.

You can learn more about Ali Baudoin by going here.

As you can see, all three of these works, in particular the Rosati and Baudoin pieces, fall into that nebulous area of modern or contemporary monumental art. Often, the terms modern and contemporary are used interchangeably. To be clear, contemporary art is simply art created in our time, which means it can be applied to a vast scope of art objects. I want to focus briefly on the monument part of the description. In fact, many of the works I have covered so far in this series have been monuments of some form or other, and I will branch out more as this series continues. It has been stated in artistic critical thinking that a culture builds monuments when it is robust and thriving. Yet the creation of such declines as a culture and civilization declines. That should offer some succor, regardless if you understand or appreciate these works, that for now western civilization and culture is still thriving. Perhaps that is all that matters where these works are concerned.

~Kim Allman~

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October Happenings

Never fear, we’ve got plenty of tricks and treats for this bewitching month!

HALLOWEEN: Misfit’s Witches Ball, Corn Mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides, Scarowinds, Bootanical, Pumpkin Patch Party at Romare Bearden Park , GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest, Trunk or Treat, Queen City Ghost ToursRich and Bennett’s Halloween Pub Crawl, Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds, Spirits of Rosedale

KISS 95.1’s Grave Digger’s Ball

Performing Arts: A Mother’s Love, Charlotte Ballet: Dangerous Liaisons, Rouge, Things that go bump in the night, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Vagina Monologues, For the Love of Harlem, Just do it – Man’s Best Friend, Nabucco, Africa Umoja

Music: For the love of Harlem, Old 97’s, Taking Back Sunday, Chris Tile & Edgar Meyer, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Nick Carter & Jordan Knight, Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival, Midatlantic Music Fall Festival, Ne-Yo, Wynton Marsalis, Calvin Harris, Silent Disco, Macy Gray, Steep Canyon Rangers, Darius Rucker with David Nail & A Thousand Horses, Marketa Irglova, Los Lobos

Chews&Booze: Bachtoberfest, Amazing Race Bar Crawl, Oktoberfest at Waldhorn Restaurant, Bibliofeast, Dining for Friends Finale, Great Grapes! Food and Wine Festival,  National Taco Day, Taste of the World, Chili Cook Off, BBQ and Blues Festival, Mecktoberfest,  Clips Beer and Film Tour, Pink on the Lawn event at the Charlotte Observer with food trucks, All you can eat oysters at Georges Brasserie

Sports: Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers

Races: Race for the Cure, Runway 5k, Walk with Me, Walk like MADD, Charger Challenge 5k and Fun Run, Rocktoberfest, Hopebuilders 5k, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Just for laughs: Last Comic Standing, Tommy Davidson, Carlos Mencia

For the kids: The Lion and the Little Red Bird, 101 Dalmatians, Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes, JAARS Day, Penguins 3D, Omimeo, Day out with Thomas, Myers Park Library Presents: Children’s Pumpkin Party, Book Fair, Bootanical

For the “furry” kids: Barktoberfest, Humane Society’s Ties and Tails Gala

Other fun events: NC Legal Geeks, Charlotte Magazine Bridal Show,  Goodguys 21st Southeastern Nationals, Hairwalk: The Movement, Bank of America 500, 2014 Gantt Symposium featuring Common, An Evening with Bob Woodruff, Latin American Festival, Renaissance Festival, Hola Charlotte Festival, Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival, Carolina Balloon Fest, Autumn Jubilee, Charlotte Fall Home Show, 18th Annual Carnival at St. Ann’s Parish, Soul Food: National Author and Diverse Panels, Elizabeth Home and Garden Tour, Pretty in Pink Fashion Show, Chocolate for a Cure, Wine Women and Shoes, Lights!Camera!Fashion!, Creative Loafing’s Best of Charlotte Cocktail Party, Geek Gala, Relive the Legacy of the Appalachian Trail, Teresa Caputo, Festival of Praise Tour, Healthy Home Market Grand Opening

If your sense of adventure leads you outside the city limits, check out these attractions:

NC State Fair in Raleigh, NC. Why not ride the rails?

Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train in Blowing Rock, NC

Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to soak up some beautiful foliage sights.

Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Asheville, NC

BBQ Festival in Lexington, NC

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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Need Plans Over the Holiday Weekend?

Don’t sweat it; the Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation department has you covered. The Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte will host the Bearden Birthday Bash over the Labor Day Weekend, Friday, August 29th – Sunday, August 31st, at the Park which is located at 300 S. Church Street.

The festival is in celebration of the park’s namesake, Romare Bearden’s birthday and to commemorate the park’s one year anniversary. There will be live bands Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and Saturday afternoon Radio Disney will be at the park to host children’s activities.

Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and feel free to bring food and drinks (no glass) for a fun family picnic.

For more questions or for a schedule of the weekend events check here.

If you are unable to attend the Bearden Birthday bash but would still like to check out this awesome park check out one of the events below.

Party in the Park Series: This is a series of weekly performances featuring fun and energetic bands each Wednesday from 5:30-9 pm with live music starting at 6 pm. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, food and beverage will be available for purchase. Please no glass containers.

Upcoming performances:

  • September 3 Too Much Sylvia
  • September 10 The Swingin’ Medallions
  • September 17 Gal Friday
  • September 24 The Dickens

Music Box Lunch Series: These are small informal musical presentations featuring local and regional talent performing, noon – 1:30 pm.

Upcoming performances:

  • August 29 Tim Gordon
  • September 2 Neal Davenport
  • September 5 5 on Sundays duo
  • September 9 Gabriel Bello
  • September 12 Shane Tracy
  • September 16 Roy Daye
  • September 23 Carrie Marshall

Bearden Music Series: Come out each month to enjoy your Saturday in the park with evenings of Cajun, Beach Music and more! Bring your lawn chair and picnic blankets to relax or dance the night away with some of the region’s most popular musicians. Outside food and pets are welcomed, please no alcohol or glass containers. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

September 20 – Cajun

  • Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
  • Bayou Diesel
  • Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

Fitness Program:

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The 2014 fitness program provides high quality, full-service fitness programming, scheduling and support at Romare Bearden Park on a weekly basis. Programs include Yoga, Zumba and Boot Camp sessions. View the schedule. Classes are FREE until further notice. To register, click here and create an account.

~Minerva Mims~

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August Happenings

Before heading back to school, take advantage of the last few weeks of summer!

Music: Miley Cyrus, Booker T Jones, Reevestock, Hillsong Worship, The Bacon Brothers, The Legendary Briarhoppers 80th Anniversary, James Taylor, Gavin Degraw, Matt Nathanson, NIN, Soundgarden, Keyshia Cole, David Gray, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Panic! at the Disco, One Republic, The Script, Scotty McCreery, Motley Crue with Alice Cooper, 3 Doors Down, Old Crow Medicine Show, Keith Urban, Needtobreathe, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Rich Robinson, Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Passenger, G.Love and Special Sauce, K Michelle, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Enjoy the last month of Alive after Five at the Epicentre.

Performing Arts: Things you shouldn’t say past midnight, Slam Charlotte Poetry Slam, Dream a Little Dream, The Spice of Life, Narrow Daylight

Films: From Swastika to Jim CrowThe Golden Dream, Modernism+Film: Sagrada the Mystery of Creation, Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project

Sports: Charlotte Panthers pre-season games, Charlotte HoundsCharlotte Roller Girls

Charlotte Knights‘ Bark at the Ballpark invites fans to bring their four-legged friends to the game!

Festivals: Charlotte Pride Parade with headliner Leann Rimes, 9th Annual Shakespeare FestivalBon Odoro Festival, Hummingbird Festival, Queen City Bike Fest,  Matthews Alive,  Build your own Boat FestivalTriple C Summer Folk Festival

Chews&Booze: Taste of the Mint, Science on the Rocks,  Food Tours, Teas of the British Isles, Bar Cocoa Cooking Class: Baby cakes, Scotch Society Meeting

By the by, tickets for October’s Taste of the World go on sale August 1.

For the kids: Back to School event with free backpacks, haircuts and immunizations, SouthPark’s Movies under the Stars, The Fresh Beat Band, Uh-oh!, Alien Worlds and Androids, Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational,  Back to School Monster Truck Bash, 12 Angry Jurors, Sweeney Todd: School Edition , Shark Week at Discovery Place, Read with Baron the Dog, Penguins 3D, Geometrics and Pizza, Miss May’s Garden Tea

For laughs: Anjelah Johnson, Charlie Murphy, Dave Attell,  Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival with Louis CK, Aziz Ansari and Marc Maron, Caroline Rhea

Races: Charlotte Running Company Cross Country Run, 5k and fun dog walk, Sundae Run, Labor Day Trail Race, Yiasou Greek Festival 5k

Other fun happenings: Southern Ideal Home ShowThe Great Gatsby Gala, Repticon Charlotte Reptile and Exotic Animal Show, Sing for the Cure,  Bearden Birthday BashHairWalk:the Movement,  Stuff the Bus, Carolina Guitar Show, Labor Day celebration, Strand of Pearls Luncheon, Teal Tea Party

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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July Happenings

*July 4th*

There’s so much to see and do this Independence Day weekend: Skyshow Fireworks Spectacular at Knights Stadium, USNWC Fireworks, Independence Day at Raffaldini Vineyards, White Lights 4th of July party, Red White and Pabst Blue Ribbon party, 11th Annual Pool Party Weekend, Red White and Belmont, Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’, 4th of July at the Charlotte Museum of History, Coulwood Community 4th of July Parade, Indian Trail 4th of July Festival, Matthew’s People’s Parade, Waxhaw 4th of July Festival, Tega Cay 4th of July Celebration, 4th of July Festival at Birkdale Village

Music: Justin Timberlake, The Bacon Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Vans Warped Tour, Leon Russell, Matty B, Pete Seeger: A Musical Tribute to Courage, Chop Shop Music Fest, The Neighbourhood, GooGoo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s, Beck, Marc Cohn, The Fray, OAR, Phillip Phillips, Bad Company, Lionel Richie, CeeLo Green, KISS, Def Leppard, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Rascal Flats, Sheryl Crow, Micheal Franti and Spearhead, Sara Bareillis, Zak Waters, Swans, River Jam, Brother Edge, New Edition, Touche Amore,  King Buzzo (of Melvins), Hank 3, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Dirty Heads and Pepper, BarnStock

Musicbox Lunch Series at Romare Bearden Park

Performing Arts: Porgy and Bess, Dream a Little Dream, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Narrow Daylight, Brothers of the Knight

Booze&Chews: Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week,SouthEast Crab Feast, Drink&Draw at Mellow Mushroom

Enjoy the last month for all you can eat Fall River Clam Bake for $20 at Emeril’s e2.

Just for laughs: Jerry Seinfeld, Lavell Crawford, Maria Bamford

Races: July 4th Spectacular 4 miler, River Jam Run, 25th Anniversary Prediction Run 5k

MoviesMade in 1984- Hollywood Films from 30 years ago

For the kiddos: Peter Pan Jr., Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Over the River and Through the Woods, Alien World and Androids, Paws to Read, Earth to Echo opens in theatres July 2nd, Kids Summer Paint Camp, Petapoolza at the Charlotte Nature Museum, Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales

Charlotte on the Cheap has a huge list for how to entertain the kids this summer.

Other fun eventsCharlotte Black Gay Pride, Hoshicon 2014, Charlotte Bachata and Salsa Festival, International Collectibles and Antiques Show, Color Festival, Martini and a Makeover, Zimsculpt, Charity Magic Show, Carowinds Military Days, FREE Fishing Day

Need even more fun in your summer? Creative Loafing has its own guide to summer 2014. Check it out here!

     ~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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April Happenings

Here’s what’s happening this month, peeps!

Easter egg hunts:

PALS Easter celebration April 13 at 3:00 pm at Freedom Park (at the Princeton Road entrance). You’ll find everyone in the Princeton shelter!

Romare Bearden Park, Independence Park, Queens UniversityLatta Plantation, Historic Rosedale Plantation, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Peter Rabbit’s Garden Adventure. Charlotte on the cheap has even more!

Easter Brunch deals

Earth Day: Earth Day Play Date

Music Miley Cyrus, Miles and Coltrane, Lady Antebellum, Chevelle, Kenny Loggins, Kat Williams, Bruce Springsteen, Chick Corea, Weezer, Local Natives, Jimmy Buffett, Zucherro, Tuck Fest

Performing Arts: Othello, Other Desert Cities, Ghost the Musical, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dances of India, Debby Boone—Swing This!, Little Red Riding Hood, All Russian, Charlotte Symphony Youth and Junior Youth Orchestras Youth Festival Concert, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Post Secret: the show, Blue Man Group, Peter and the Starcatcher, Tao: Phoenix Rising, Ben Sollee, Spring Forward, Star Gazer: A Trek to Outer Space

Sports: BB&T Ballpark Grand Opening, Charity Golf Tournament, Wells Fargo Championship, Queen’s Cup Steeplechase

For laughs: DL Hughley, Nikki Glaser, Doug Benson, The Rich Guzzi Comedy Hypnosis Show

For the kids: The Reluctant Dragon, The Owl who was afraid of the dark,

For the “furry” kids: Pet Palooza, Bark in the Park

Chews&Booze: Amazing Race Bar Crawl, Taste of the New South Savor the Sixties, Taste of the the Nation, $15 all you can eat crawfish boil at e2, Free cone day at Ben&Jerry’s, Alive After 5

Races: Charlotte 5k Color Vibe, TuckFest Half Marathon, Freemorewest 5k on the Greenway

Other fun events: Girls’ Night Out, Passport for Fashion, Purses with a Purpose,Record Store Day, Jillian Michaels, Tiny House Conference, Dixie Charlotte Gun & Knife Show, Charlotte Auto Fair, Hands on Charlotte Day, Kings Drive Art Walk, Better Living  Home & Garden Expo

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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The Art of Downtown Charlotte – Part V: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

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As dreams of going to Super Bowl fade and another year ends for the Carolina Panthers NFL team, I felt it was time to reflect on another significant bit of public art. And yes, I would call the six, twenty-two foot long heroic style monuments public art. After all, the Panthers stadium was built in large part through huge tax incentives and other municipal perks that allow the owners and the well heeled to enjoy skyboxes. Then there was the recent deal where the city gave the owners of the Panthers $87.5 million for “stadium improvements.” So while the average Joe or Jill that pays taxes in the city has to struggle to cough up the funds for a ticket in the nose bleed seats to see a Panthers game, you can enjoy the dynamic power and beauty of the these monolithic statutes that loom over you. The photo above makes me think the thing is laughing at me in a maniacal sort of way.

All the above factors should not detract from the skill of the artist Todd Andrews, who has been doing dynamic bronze sculptures for over thirty years. The process to make such massive bronze monuments requires not only skill as an artist and sculptor but requires an excellent knowledge of engineering and metallurgy.  I imagine one also has to have good managerial skills, as the process to bring these sculptures to completion requires coordinating a team of artist apprentices, as well as working out the logistics to deliver the final piece to its location.

In many ways the six panthers remind me of similar monuments going far back into antiquity. After all, what was a sphinx before the Temple of Isis or gargoyles on the Cathedral Notre Dame? They were the avatars of power and influence meant to awe the onlooker. I am reminded of the French axiom, “plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose.” The more things change the more they stay the same.

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Egypt

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I think I have made my point.

~Kim Allman~

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