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Looking Forward/Looking Back- Kendall Buster

August 26 – October 26, 2011


In honor of the community-wide celebration of Romare Bearden’s 100th birthday, the Van Every/Smith Galleries are proud to present the work of acclaimed sculptor Kendall Buster, selected artist for the major commission for Romare Bearden Park, and emerging mixed-media artist Chris Watts.
For Chris Watts Exhibit, click here.

Renowned artist Kendall Buster is best known for her sculptures and public works that explore the idea of “biological architecture.” Inspired by microscopic organisms and cellular structures, Buster realizes these natural forms at colossal scales with high-tech fabrics and a matrix of modular armatures. The resulting installations dwarf and envelope the viewer, thereby altering the experience of inner and outer space.

As the selected artist for the major sculpture commission in Romare Bearden Park in Charlotte’s historic Third Ward, this exhibition focuses on Kendall Buster’s recent forays into permanent installations of monumental sculpture in public spaces. The gallery exhibition will feature numerous site plans, diagrams, working drawings, videos, and scale models of completed commissions for Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and the San Francisco International Airport, among others. Outside the gallery, Buster’s monumental White Highrise, 2005, will be installed in the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center’s atrium throughout the fall semester.

Artist website: kendallbuster.com
For more information on the September 2nd Groundbreaking Celebration for Romare Bearden Park, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231706483531407

All events of the Van Every/Smith Galleries are FREE and all are welcome.



Exhibition Opening: Thursday, August 25, at 7-9 p.m. in the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center (VAC) featuring a talk by Kendall Buster at 7:30 p.m.

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