Students studying outside the library

Two exhibits come to Wofford


SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Two art exhibits, "Sculptures by David A. Edgar" and "This is a Different Place: Works of Southern Modernism from The Johnson Collection," will be hosted by Wofford College in April and May.

"Sculptures by David A. Edgar" will be on exhibit at the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery from Monday, April 6, through Friday, May 22.

As a sculptor, Edgar's work has always been strongly informed by the 20th century tradition of found object assembly. In 2004 he interrupted more than 25 years of working in steel and began making decorative artworks from recyclable detergent bottles. This new direction resulted in the marine creatures of the Plastiquarium (see accompanying photo).

"This is a Different Place: Works of Southern Modernism from The Johnson Collection" will be on exhibit in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery Wofford College from Friday, April 3, through Thursday, May 28. A curator's lecture will take place there on Tuesday, April 14, at 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held, also at the library, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

Southern artists traveled and attended art schools and were drawn to the Modernist ideals and practices they saw. Despite the attractions of Modernism and its inspiration, Southern artists had their own unique interpretations. More than artists in any other region, Southern artists had to balance Modernism with strong regional tastes and traditions. They could not ignore Southern views on religion, race, and regional identity. Even most nonobjective Southern art is tied deeply to Southern heritage. This exhibition shows how various Southern artists balanced Modernist artistic impulses with their inherent "Southern-ness."

For more information call 864-597-4300.