Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Greenville’s newest network of artists, opens its inaugural exhibition “In Front of Your Eyes” at Greenville Center for Creative Arts on Oct. 4. The paintings of Hannah Cole, Jodi Hays and Celia Reisman will be featured in the main gallery space at Brandon Mill until Nov. 27.
The exhibition title hints at the connecting concept between these three artists — the overlooked beauty or intrigue hidden within the common. Curated by co-director Mark Brosseau, “In Front of Your Eyes” kicks off TSA’s presence in Greenville with what may first seem to be a traditional art show.
“I really wanted to put on a show of exceptional painting that might come across as traditional, but upon closer examination, reveal ideas that subvert our expectations of what representational painting is,” Brosseau says. “This work is about digging deeper and taking notice of things you would normally overlook. That’s always a progressive stance.”
Living in Asheville, Cole goes beyond the overlooked items and captures the undesirable things in her artwork. Whether her subjects be graffiti or weeds, Cole finds beauty to put on display for others to discover.
Hays, who is based in Nashville, interprets everyday objects and patterns around her by lyrically building upon their basic visual elements.
“Hays and Cole are both wonderful examples of some of the outstanding painting that is happening throughout the Southeast,” Brosseau says. “I wanted to make sure that the first TSA GVL show included a strong presence from the region, and these two artists fill that role.”
Located further north in Philadelphia, Reisman reflects the hidden complexity and detail found within nearby landscapes and neighborhoods.
“[Reisman] is making some of the best paintings out there in my opinion,” Brosseau says. “The decisions in her paintings are filled with perfect subtlety and nuance — there isn’t any part of her work that isn’t considered. Her motif is an experience as opposed to just being a place.”
“In Front of Your Eyes,” which is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Caine, is considered a very strong showing of contemporary painters by GCCA’s curator of programs Liz Rundorff Smith.
“The work is strong conceptually and will represent a range of painting techniques and mastery of various painting mediums,” Smith says. “It is really beneficial for artists to have the opportunity to connect with other artists — it’s an opportunity for growth that comes with finding new influences and studying different techniques.”
In celebration of its first exhibition, TSA GVL is raffling off local, regional and other artwork to raise money for TSA’s future physical space. So far, about 15 artists have donated works as raffle prizes. Raffle tickets will be sold online and at the exhibition opening.
Also, there will be an ARTTalk on Nov. 12 at 6-7 p.m. as part of the exhibition.
‘In Front of Your Eyes’
When: Oct. 4- Nov. 27; Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; First Fridays 6-9 p.m.
Where: 101 Abney St., Greenville
Info: artcentergreenville.org or tigerstrikesasteroid.com