Sugar Mountain + Collectors Art Exchange
DURING FIRST BANK FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL
August 3rd, 6-9 PM
Sugar Mountain is the first exhibition at The Arts Company by Augusta, Georgia artist Chadwick Tolley. Tolley begins each piece as an idea or a desire to explore one of the many technical aspects of printmaking. He starts by collecting images, sketches and textures and uses these to begin creating the screen prints and etchings featured in this exhibition. As Tolley develops his images, he deliberately leaves evidence of deletions, corrections or accumulation of marks as a form of documentation and evidence of the process. The title of the exhibition is in reference to a specific work from the show, although Sugar Mountain certainly personifies the colorful, vivid world of characters, images and scenarios prevalent in Tolley’s work.
According to the artist, “I am interested in making art that suggests a narrative. I do not intend to create autobiographical images but through the process of developing meaning, I often use my own personal experience as a point of reference. I hope that by examining my own experience, I can connect or relate to something universal.”
About the Artist
Chadwick Tolley teaches Printmaking and Drawing at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. He exhibits widely across the United States and has won various awards for his work including a Purchase Award in the Atlanta Print Biennial, a Purchase Prize in the “Ink and Clay” exhibit in Pomona, CA, the C.G. Metals Purchase Prize from the Boston Print Biennial and a Best in Show award from the Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibition. His work is also included in several public collections in the United States, the Guandong Museum of Art in China and the Jordanian National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan.
Together, the Annual Avant-Garage Sale and the Collectors Art Exchange present an eclectic and unpredictable boutique and affordable arts market. For one-week only, the Annual Avant-Garage Sale offers various props, selected vintage furniture, eclectic artwork, Gees Bend Quilt Rugs, and other treasures selected from the gallery vault. The Collectors Art Exchange, which will continue through August 29, is a related feature that presents a large selection of contemporary artwork from a private collection.