2nd Quarter South End Verses Collaboration
Congratulations to Alejandro Ledzema (artist) & Lisa Zerkle (writer) on the latest collaboration of the South End Verses Art Placemaking Project.
The public artwork displays a shared vision of what all parents want for their children. To know they’re okay, that they’re basic needs are met, that they’re safe and free. That is where the poem “Mother of Exiles” begins. The title is a nod to the Statue of Liberty and the welcome she promises. Printing the poem in both English and Spanish is way of extending her voice to the community.
The concept of the artwork focuses on a parental figure surrounded by children displaying various emotional states. Are they protected? Are they happy? Sad? There’s a wall, a snippet of an American flag, a black figure in a hoodie, the word “family,” a cross. And there’s that parental figure dominating the scene, one eye goggled by the American flag. What kind of parent is it? How will it receive the children of the world?
Read more about the project, the collaborators and their journey as strangers paired together to create a meaningful visual voice for Charlotte in this CharlotteFive article.
Many Thanks to the South End Verses Committee:
- Meredith Dallas - Meredith Dallas is an emerging sculptor and printmaker from Rock Hill, SC. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture and printmaking from Winthrop University. Meredith’s work has been featured in multiple shows, including the 27th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, where her piece, Facture, was awarded the Dalton Second Place award; the 25th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; Zenith: the 2015 Winthrop Department of Fine Art Senior Exhibition; and three Winthrop sculpture shows. Working in the realm of public art, her piece Microthreads went on display in downtown Rock Hill. She also completed three sculptural bike racks for Family Trust Credit Union’s new headquarters in downtown Rock Hill.
- Sharon Dowell - Sharon is a painter and public artist whose numerous works can be found in several private collections as well as public art installations throughout Charlotte and other cities in NC. She has had several solo shows throughout the country and been part of selected exhibitions including the past Architectonic Exhibit at Gallery C3 in April 2017.
- Megan Liddle-Gude - Megan is not only a community connector, but the Executive Director for Historic South End. She has experience in facilitation and community engagement, coalition building and urban planning. Prior to joining Center City Partners in 2012, she was an associate with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation in Virginia. As a facilitator, she worked with community groups to build consensus around challenging issues, including local food systems, community health, racial equity, economic revitalization and Chesapeake Bay watershed management.
- Kia O Moore - Kia is a native Charlottean with a love for all things creative, cultural and communications. You can always find her with a communications gadget in hand, a Hip Hop song on her mind and a new idea to share. Her personal motto “Think Big. Think Differently. Live in an Alpha State of Mind.” Moore is the Founder and Executive Director of the social business music venture Hip Hop Orchestrated. She is also the Creative Director of the mentoring non-profit Hip Hop University.
- Katie Toussaint - Katie is writer and editor for Charlotte Five, a digital affiliate of the Charlotte Observer that is geared toward the young professional demographic and produces a daily newsletter and five hyper-local articles. She is a Charlotte native with a love for writing, editing, yoga, coffee and wine.
- Rick Thurmond - Rick, former sportswriter and longtime journalist, has worked for Charlotte Magazine for 21 years, the last four as publisher. He recently joined Charlotte City Partners as the new Senior Vice President of Community and Business Development. His new role includes community-building and economic development work, leading public advocacy, launching special projects and supporting business recruitment efforts for Charlotte.
- David Walters - David Walters is a British architect who has four decades of experience as an architect, urban designer and community planner. As former director of the Master of Urban Design Program at UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, he has won state and national awards for urban design master plans, form-based codes and community planning projects based in Carolina communities.
Artist Studios at C3Lab
Being a creative hub in South End, C3Lab supports the efforts of artists at all stages of their careers by offering affordable artist space. To sustain the local arts community, C3 provides common spaces where artists can meet, socialize and collaborate, learn together and have creative dialogue about art being created, exhibit their current works and/or WIP and thrive in their artistic practice. C3 hosts an art exhibit each year featuring all the artists in Gallery C3.
Artists at C3Lab
Gallery C3 is an alternative art space that hosts exhibits featuring local, regional, national and international artists. From emerging to established artists, Gallery C3 supports traditional, contemporary, and hybrid art forms that integrate social, interdisciplinary, experimental, imaginative and innovative collaborations that are intended to stimulate, boldly shape and connect through an intimate exchange to the artistic community.
THE BACKBONE ALPHABET
From a love affair with letter forms, fonts and graphic design, The Backbone Alphabet is a clever and whimsical, yet provocative exhibit that encourages a sense of play and discovery.
On a deeper level, it touches on philosophy, linguistics, art, science, history and more. Through prints, poems and assemblage sculpture, one can explore unique themes of the 26 iconic symbols called “the alphabet.” You’ll rediscover the joys of colors, shapes and interpretation through an eclectic experience from the mind of Martin - Visual Designer / Poet / Assemblage Artist.
Opening reception at Gallery C3 is Friday, July 7th from 7 to 10pm and will be on display through July 27th.