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701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC presents…

JAMES BUSBY: A Conversation with Wim Roefs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:30pm

Admission: Free

James Busby will talk to 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs about the essence of sanding all day long, making people scratch their head, John Cage’s sound advice, Morandi’s tips for better seeing, and string theory of the Sandback variety. He will trace his amazing ten-year trajectory from a garage in Chapin, S.C., to big galleries and critical acclaim in Stockholm, London, Paris, Washington, DC, and New York City. Refreshments will be served.

Busby is among the state’s most successful artists, regularly selling out shows in New York and elsewhere. His superbly crafted, material-based, non-objective works of art are paintings and three-dimensional objects all at once. The Chapin artist and Rock Hill native sands layers of gesso to create refined, smooth surfaces, then applies graphite, acrylics and oils. The paintings play with viewers’ perceptions as they are solid but precious; appear hard but are soft; seem heavy but are light; contain relief while looking flat; combine geometric and organic shapes; and at once are tactile and smooth.

Busby (b. 1973, Rock Hill, S.C.) is an artist and art educator. His recent solo exhibitions include those at the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Va.; Stux Gallery in New York, N.Y.; and the New Gallery/Thom Andriola in Houston, Texas. Group exhibition include shows at Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard in Paris, France. Since 1999, Busby has participated in more than 30 group exhibitions in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, including a 2007 exhibition organized by the University of Richmond Museum, which traveled to seven cities across the Unites States. Busby holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. He has taught and lectured at Pennsylvania State University, University Park; the University of South Carolina, Columbia; Benedict College, Columbia; and Virginia Commonwealth University. Busby lives in Chapin, S.C. and as the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2012 – was recognized as the state’s most talented artist 40 years of age or younger. Busby was selected from two dozen applicants.

Please submit further inquiries to director@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal at 803.319.9949.


701 CCA

701 Whaley St., second floor

Columbia, SC 29201


About 701 Center for Contemporary Art

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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