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Shane Charles Smith: Native Soil

When: Fri., Aug. 4, 6 p.m. 2017

New York City's Shane Charles Smith calls himself a conceptual artist, but his new mixed-media works at the Carrack have an aesthetic fullness and a physicality that are not immediately associated with the term. His "Quilt (Map of the Atlantic)"—a great hanging curtain incorporating asphalt from Florida, sand from New York, and clay from North Carolina—plays a heavy, tolling chord in concert with El Anatsui's "Lines That Link Humanity," which is currently on view in the African gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Art. In accordance with Sol LeWitt's conceptual-art dictate—in short, the idea reigns over the artifact—both works foreground a geographic, geological, and spiritual theme, but they do so without forsaking the beauty of form. Throughout the exhibit, Smith's concern is Earth as a healing home; he blends soft waxes and clays with hard metals in organic forms rich with a universalist terroir. Meet the UNC-Chapel Hill MFA graduate, who also has a permanent commission in the university's Alumni Sculpture Garden, at this artist talk before the exhibit closes on Sunday. —Brian Howe

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