“Social Fabric,” an exhibit by Detroit artist Margi Weir, opens Friday in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, and will be on display until April 28.
A free, public reception will be 6 p.m. April 18 at the Center for the Arts.
Visitors will see two different, but related, bodies of work as they enter the gallery, both involving Weir’s engagement with the world around her.
In each body of work, Weir begins with “snap lines.”
By creating a record of the violent impact of paint against the canvas, the suggestion of an explosion, a reverberation with an overspray that lends a softness to the line quality, her snap lines leave behind something beautiful on the surface, with an underlying violence, a dark side.
The body of work has been stitched together with a repetition of images, evoking the feeling of traditional storytelling tapestries often seen in pre-Renaissance and non-Western textiles, ceramics and architectural decoration.
Complementing the tapestries, “Frontline:Detroit” consists of large ink and wash drawings on rag paper, depicting the remains of buildings found across the country. These buildings, once signs of culture, now stand as a shell of their former glory in the decaying city. On large sheets of white paper, they float, disembodied. It is the snap lines, the bones, that speak to the decline of the American Dream in this series.
Weir earned her master’s of fine arts in painting from the University of California at Los Angeles; her master of arts in painting from New Mexico State University. She also holds a bachelors of fine arts in painting from San Francisco Art Institute and a bachelors in art history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
She has had solo exhibits at Ivan Karp’s OK Harris Gallery in New York, and the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif. She has completed installation pieces at Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Lexington Art League in Kentucky and the Las Cruces Museum of Art in Las Cruces, N.M.
For more information on Margi Weir, visit her website at margiweir.weebly.com/index.html.
Also in the Perimeter Gallery, the Main Street Children’s Museum Coloring Contest will be on display April 11-16. The Come-See-Me Festival’s 50th Anniversary Poster exhibition will be featured in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery through April 15.
For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at email@example.com, or visit www.yorkcountyarts.org.