• Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    1:00pm-2:00pmMet Contemporary Gallery

    Looking forward to see you at MC gallery for Coffee & Conversation about art and our upcoming exhibitions.

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018
    4-7 PM 1046 Oakland Ave Rock Hill, SC 29732

    January 20, 2018 – April 20, 2018

    Opening reception: January 20 ,2018 – 4-7 PM

    Met contemporary is pleased to announce its Grand opening exhibition ,+Odyssey, a multi-part video, Paintings and sculptural installation by acclaimed contemporary artists Jason Watson, Liliya Zalevskaya, Nico Amortegui, Holly Wilson, Foozhan Kashkooli and in addition of showcasing select original prints by Romare Bearden.

    Also, please join us for a casual conversation with our brilliantly talented artists Jason Watson, Liliya Zalevskaya, Nico Amortegui and Foozhan Kashkooli with an Artist talk by sculptor Holly Wilson at 6 PM.

    Holly Wilson is an American Contemporary sculpture artist. She currently lives and works in Syracuse, NY. Her artwork materializes identity as a deranged apparatus that leaks the innermost desires of society. By investigating the banality and exercise of routine life - her new body of work infuses memory within discarded products.

    This event is free and open to public.

    This event is free and open to public.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    4:00-5:00 P.M.Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts
    Please join us for a conversation with artist Jason Watson, who will discuss his work and his current exhibit at Met Contemporary Gallery in Rock hill. We love to see you!   Jason Watson is a contemporary mixed-media artist whose work draws from contemporary and historical culture, and human relationship to objects.His work has been extensively shown at universities, and non-profit spaces including the drawing installation “Q” at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, the group exhibition “Following Threads” at the Green hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, and the contemporary drawing survey “Line, Touch, Trace” at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. His artist residencies over the past several years include the Newark Museum of Art, Cooper Union Emerging Artist Residency Program, the Lower East Side Print shop, the Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, the Ragdale Foundation in Chicago, and the Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Schwandorf Germany. Watson was awarded the first Wesley Mancini Artist Residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art + Innovation in 2013.

     


     

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018
    12:00-1:30 p.m.Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts
    Please Join us for an artist talk and conversation by Liliya Zalevskaya.  Liliya is an multi-disciplinary Video performance artist.  She will discuss her work and her current exhibition at Met Contemporary Gallery. 
    Artist Statement:
    “The absurdity of reality demands a form which dismantles the realistic facade” -Adorno A need to understand a gap between thought and reality is at the root of my artistic practice. In essence, my work is the artifact of play, through which I interrogate my roles as a director, actor, and editor in the construction of a fantasy that questions reality. The fantastic emerges from the anxiety caused by the search to understand the differences between reality and perception. The work attempts to explore this gap, in which the normally mundane may begin to appear strange or unfamiliar. I denote this quality as Absurdity. Absurdity therefore becomes a vehicle for my exploration in art making. The Absurd as defined in philosophical discourse is the human search for meaning and the inability to find any. Therefore, when one is faced with a meaningless universe, there are three options to resolve the dilemma. According to absurdist philosophy the first option, not very practical, is suicide. The second is spiritual or religious transcendence, believing in the reality beyond the absurd. And, the third solution is the acceptance and even the embrace of the absurd. The three possible positions: of escape, transcendence, and acceptance, are used as the points of departure from which I approach the subject matter in a particular piece. This interest in the Absurd, I can trace to growing up as the last Soviet generation, as many of the conflicts I attempt to resolve in my work do stem from early realization of artificial duality that existed around me, in social structures, language, and belief systems separated into arbitrary binaries, private/public, truth/lies, resist/conform. Similar conflicts are echoed in the book by Alexei Yurchak, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More. My current work continues to explore this gap in reality created by artificial constructs, and includes a broader spectrum of people’s relationships to ideology, discourse, and ritual." Liliya Zalevskaya.

     

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    5:00-8:00 p.m.Opening reception -Saturday, April 28th

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts.Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28th, 5-8 pm for the opening reception of ' THE FANTASTIC WOMAN'.

    Featured Artist:
    Harriet Goode​
    Josiah Blevins​
    Nancy O. Albert​
    Craig Stewart​t
    Foozhan Kashkooli​

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    7-8 pmArtist Talk -Saturday, April 28th

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by Craig Stewart. Craig is a recent  Winthrop university  graduate with B.F.A,  Majored in sculpture and printmaking. This event is with the conjunction to our  opening reception of' THE FANTASTIC WOMAN' on Saturday, April 28th from 5 to 8 pm.

    This Event is Free and open to public. Please make  a reservation  at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018
    5:30 pmArtist Talk :Thursday, May 3rd. 5:30 -6:30 pm

     

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by Harriet Goode.

    This Event is Free and open to public. Please make  a reservation  at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018
    5:30 pmArtist Talk :Thursday, May 10th . 5:30 -6:30 pm

     

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by Josiah Blevins.

    This Event is Free and open to public. Please make  a reservation  at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018
    5:30 pmThursday, May 17th. 5:30-6:30 pm

     

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk  by Dr.Seymour Simmons. He will discusses Artist  Lillian Delevoryas's  works .

    Lillian Grace Delevoryas (January 3, 1932 - March 6, 2018) was an American artist whose career spanned six decades. Trained in Fine Art, Calligraphy and Woodblock printing she initially achieved recognition during the 1970s for her pioneering work in appliqué and tapestry for the fashion and interior design industries. In the 1980s this recognition led to commissions for commercial applications over a range of consumer products, most notably pottery, textile and paper, since the 1990s, Delevoryas returned to painting and continued to exhibit and promote her work. She lived in the UK since the early 1970s and was married to the writer and poet Robin Amis.

    This Event is Free and open to public. Please make  a reservation  at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    1-2 pmSaturday, May 26th .1-2 pm

     

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by Nancy O. Albert.

    This Event is Free and open to public. Please make  a reservation  at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018
  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018
    12:00 pmMet Contemporary Gallery

    Artist Talk by Paula Smith

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by  Paula Smith
    Friday, September 28th, 12 PM This Event is Free and open to the public. Please make a reservation at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

    Artist Statment 

    The idea for the “Sweet Sixteen” series came to me in 1999, my daughter had a “My Size Barbie” it was a gift from Santa in 1993. We had moved the doll up to the attic, but the whole idea was germinating for years. My daughter had known that I was not a fan of Barbie dolls, the whole body image thing.  I saw it standing in the attic and thought I can make a series based on just the torso of this doll. So I took the doll, after getting permission from my daughter of course, to the band saw and cut the head, arms and legs off the torso and made a mold of just the torso. As a ceramic artist, I look at things as vessels, including the human body. I wanted these to “contain” objects like a reliquary of sorts. Sacred everyday objects, that come with their own definitions but by being placed in these torsos the meanings get changed or heighten. So my original idea was to do 16 torsos, all having pink doll like satin glazed exteriors, but making small niches that held objects that have references to being a girl. A "happy" failure happened when I was firing the torsos, at least half of them came out of a glaze kiln with the glaze defect called shivering. Of course I had a deadline for an exhibition and I had to get the pieces done. I had to sand blast the glaze off the pieces, and that is how this series started to have individual surface treatments. So I use glazes, sugar, rice, dirt, paint, whatever I think works for the piece.

     

    The series is called “Sweet Sixteen” as a ceremonial rite of passage, a girl coming of age. The torso is a female form, that is almost a cookie cut out if you will. It is the surface treatment and the contained objects that individualize these pieces. Girls are not cookie cut outs they are all individuals. The first installation had 16 torsos. Now I show them in different groups and numbers, I have worked on this series for almost 20 years and made at least 75 different forms. Each sculpture has a different meaning and is a response to the object that is placed in the sacred container.

    I love to collect things, now I am always looking for objects that I can place in these torsos.  The piece with the mirror takes on many meanings. We look at ourselves and our reflections in mirrors they somehow define us, by you the viewer looking at the piece with the mirror you are becoming part of the piece. The dirt can be interpreted as dust to dust, we are part of the earth.

    The large match stick, I love things that are weird proportions, it struck me as such a funny object, but I bought it with the intension of putting it in a torso and “smoking” the torso like potters do with pots. Often each piece has many levels of meaning. I like the idea of the phrase, I got burnt by that deal. “You make me burn inside.”

     

  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018
    1:00 pmMet Contemporary Gallery

    Artist Talk by Andrew Stevens

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by  Andrew Stevens
    Friday, September 28th, 12 PM This Event is Free and open to the public. Please make a reservation at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

    Artist Statment 

    Moving to over ten different locations before I was eighteen, I grew accustomed to traveling.  As I became an artist I realized how integral it was to my process. The roads I have driven have become siblings in a way, guiding me from one place to another.  They are eager to show me what lies on the path and what is at the end. As a photographer, I have the privilege to capture these singular moments and I want to share them where and how I can.  I like to think of my work as a reflection of those journeys that showed me such beauty and through the inclusion of technology, a reflection of my personal growth on the twisting roads.

    Bio: Andrew Stevens was born on the coast of North Carolina and spent his childhood living in North Carolina, Sicily, Italy, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.  After graduating from high school in North Carolina he joined the Marine Corps and was Honorably discharged before attending USC Upstate in Spartanburg. He transferred to Winthrop University where he received his BFA in Photography on May 5th, 2018.  Since then he set out on a sixty-day expedition across America, starting and ending in Rock Hill between June 1st and July 31st.

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    8:00 pmMet Contemporary

    Artist Talk by Seymour Simmons

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by  Seymour Simmons Saturday, September 15 th, 8 PM.This Event is Free and open to the public. Please make a reservation at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

    Artist Statment 

    After early years exploring a range of approaches, especially surrealism and expressionism, my work for the past four decades has focused on traditional, though not ‘academic’, realism. I mostly work from the figure and landscape, primarily in drawing and watercolor. The pieces in this exhibit, apart from two views of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, were done in the French Jura Mountains near the French/Swiss border where my wife, Martine, has half-ownership of an 1838 farmhouse surrounded by countryside that seems little changed since the 19th century.

     

    Having grown up in Colorado, I feel at home in these mountains, far more ancient and far less rugged than the Rockies, but no-less powerful and beautiful. Of particular interest to me is the way the enormous farm houses (half-house/half-barn) are built into the terrain, looking as solid and as permanent as the rocks that surround them. I am equally fascinated by the ever-shifting terrain – of expansive pastures that end abruptly in almost vertical mountainsides, or drop off suddenly into deep ravines, where fields of wildflowers interdigitate with forests and meandering villages, all of which contributes to an endless array of challenging compositions.

    Because in landscape painting I aim to be present as fully as possible to the place, I draw and paint almost exclusively en plein air: outdoors and on site. Further, I take a few liberties with my subjects, striving to capture with exactitude and sensitivity the qualities that inspire me. In this, making art is less a process of replicating what I see and more an attempt to connect with it.

    Seymour Simmons III, Ed.D.

    Professor of Fine Arts emeritus

    Winthrop University

     

     

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    6- 9 P.M. Met Contemporary Gallery

    Due to the weather conditions, we moved the reception date from Saturday, September 15 to Saturday, September 29, from 6 to 9 PM.

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Arts. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 29th, 6-9 pm for the opening reception of 'Marking Time' and artist talk by Dr.Seymour Simmons Start at 8 PM.

    Seth Rouser
    Seymour Simmons
    Paula Smith
    Janice Mueller
    Andrew Stevens
    Foozhan Kashkool

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  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018
    12:00 pmMet Contemporary Gallery

    Artist Talk by Janice Mueller

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by  Janice Mueller on Friday, October 5th at  12 PM. This Event is Free and open to the public. Please make a reservation at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

    Artist  Statement

    August 2018

    When asked to take part in this exhibition I was on the Autobahn in Germany traveling from one large city to another and stuck in a traffic jam. So I had time to think about it and set myself the challenge of making art that would fit into my suitcase for the long way home. Fortunately, Munich has a wonderful art supply store, heaven for an artist.

    Working with limited supplies and very small panels developed into a really fun project.

    Some of the small works want to find their way onto larger surfaces, but that will wait.

    “Disturbance in the Force” came about because I wanted to destroy some progressing good design. It seemed to be a perfect visual for what is happening in the news all over the world.

    Janice Mueller

     

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018
    1:00 pmMet Contemporary Gallery

    Artist Talk by Seth Rouser

    You are cordially invited to join us at The Met Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art. Please mark your calendars for an artist talk by  Seth Rouser Friday, October 5th, 1 PM. This Event is Free and open to the public. Please make a reservation at MetContemporary@gmail.com.

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