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From City Paper visual arts writer Nick Smith:

Candace Ivy is one of the calmest, most long-suffering artists I’ve ever known, and she’s had to be with her installation in the Old City Jail. After sweating through construction of her Murmurs Piccolo show in the un-airconditioned cells, she had to light her drawings and mylar panels. She found this task arduous because of the changing Charleston sunlight that other local artists live for, and it didn’t help that a show intended for the sooty darkness of night would only be open during the day.

With her installation all set up, including video projections and the occasional visiting pigeon, she had to contend with speaker trouble. Deep, rumbling sounds of trains and natural noises are supposed to fill the jail, but on her opening day only one set of speakers worked. She rushed her engineer all the way from Sumter to fix the problem, but that wasn’t the last of her worries.

Apparently, a tour goes through the old jail at night, and one of the guides had seen fit to install a red light in one of Ivy’s cells. While most artists would be freaking out at the mere thought of someone tampering with their work, Ivy agreed that the light added something to her roomful of wisteria. It’s that kind of laid-back attitude that will make Ivy fit right in around here. -NS

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