Residency: August 16 – September 27, 2014
Exhibition: August 21 – October 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 21, 7 – 9 pm
Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation
701 Whaley St., second floor
Columbia, SC 29201
701 Center for Contemporary Art presents Figure 8, a solo exhibition by James Busby, winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2012 for young South Carolina artists. The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, August 21, 7:00 9:00 pm. Admission to the reception is free to 701 CCA members; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5. Busby, who will be in residence at 701 CCA until late September creating new works, will be present at the reception.
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 state¹s most talented artist 40 years of age or younger. Busby was selected from two dozen applicants.
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, 118; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.