by Nick Smith
There’s only one week left to catch The Other Side, the Robert Lange Studios Upstairs show that features some of the best work from several galleries around town. Up till October 18 you can see a great variety of work there, including Nathan Durfee’s figurative paintings, Glenn Friedel’s effervescent abstracts, and a painting of a painter working on a contemporary painting (!) by Robert Lange.
Tucked to one side at the top of the stairs is a trademark piece by abstract painter Patrick Pelletier. Kevin Hoth has work projected on one wall in the middle of the gallery, and even Seth Curcio’s experimental blue and gray-hued work fits in.
Gallery co-honcho Megan Lange had these comments to make about the show and its place in the local art scene:
"As with all great cities, the art and artists are usually on the forefront of a movement. I think that this show represents an evolving chapter in
Charleston's growing story line.
"With all of its thick history and modern transplants the city of Charleston is a mixed art market. There is a fresh element of contemporary work emerging against the area's traditional market. These galleries display diversity, stellar talent and variety that are more or less showcased in larger cities and urban areas…
“The continuing trend we’ve noticed in Charleston’s fine art is towards reinventing tradition. For example in this upcoming show you'll find, John Duckworth uses acrylic and epoxy to depict Charleston row houses as haunting abstracts and JB Boyd creates oil paintings that transform conventional marsh senses. Both of these postmodern young painters give collectors familiar subjects in unique and progressive ways."
RLS Upstairs is on 151 East Bay St. It’s open from 11-5 Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. Megan and Robert can be contacted at email@example.com