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Ansley West Rivers: Seven Rivers

January 24 – March 10, 2018

Reception – February, 15, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

Artist Talk – February 24, 2018, 2 – 3 pm

Laney Contemporary presents Seven Rivers, a solo exhibition by photographer Ansley West Rivers. Beginning the project in 2013, she travels by raft, canoe, drift boat, foot, and car to photograph the Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha, and Hudson Rivers. Rivers depicts images that are simultaneously beautiful and haunting in an attempt to challenge the viewer’s perspective on the landscapes that sustain us. The rivers have embedded themselves into her being, shaping her role as a mother, wife, and artist.

“We stand at a precipice in the history of water. How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of freshwater.”

Through photography, Rivers bears witness to the state of water now, as time is pertinent to understanding the effects of change.

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Betsy Cain: Saturation

March 14 – April 21, 2018

Reception – March 22, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

Artist Studio Visit – April 15, 2018, 3 – 7 pm

Closing Artist Talk – April 19, 2018, 6 pm

Laney Contemporary presents saturation, an immersive exhibition by artist Betsy Cain.

This solo exhibition will showcase her new series of drip figures and mossheads, large-scale abstract landscapes and figurative works which saturate the viewer with the feeling of the south.

Highlighting Cain’s uncanny ability to create a diverse range of works in a manner of her own style, through various expressions and a wide variety of media, the vision is purely Cain’s.

Based in Savannah for over thirty-five years, Cain draws inspiration from her southern surroundings of salt marsh, live oaks, spanish moss, and the almost visible humidity in the air.

“My work is a saturation of pigment and the visual field. Painting isn’t thinking, it’s mind/body flow and a channeling of spirit.”

Heavily rooted in abstractions with a figurative undertone, her paintings permeate the viewing plane. The large strokes and gestural motions create a meditative and pneumatic state for the viewer. The movement in Cain’s work speaks to the ebb and flow of the tidal waters in Savannah and her relationship with the salt marsh.

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Eny Lee Parker: First Hand

January 18 – 20, 2018

Reception: January 18th, 7 – 9 pm

As today’s consuming culture continues to prioritize comfort and convenience, we no longer notice the corners of our spaces, nor do we appreciate the fragility of things. This newest collection by ceramist and furniture designer Eny Lee Parker brings emphasis to furniture, not only in the conception of space, but in living. Parker reclaims the essence of making used in traditional craft from our past – the slowness, the intention, the respect for natural resources, creating a contemporary collection that brings awareness to our presence as well as to non-living things. The purpose of her designs is to echo humanity in character, emotions, and physicality through using traditional methods of fabrication in a contemporary setting.

Eny graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and is working towards her MFA in Furniture Design. She was recently featured in New York Times’ Style Magazine and is an honoree of the American Design Hot List, selected by Sight Unseen.

Parker has exhibited in several group shows including SCAD Gutstein Gallery and Pei Ling Chan Gallery (Savannah, GA). She has also participated in numerous design fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair for the past three years, Wanted Design in 2014 and 2015, Form & Seek (Milan Design Week) in 2017, and Sight Unseen (offsite) in 2017. Her designs have been reviewed in Architectural Digest, Sight Unseen, T Magazine, Cultured Magazine, Design Milk, Refinery29, among others.

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Grand Opening Exhibition

September 28, 2017 – January 13, 2018

Laney Contemporary Fine Art is excited to announce our grand opening September 28, 2017.

The exhibition features works by acclaimed contemporary artists Katherine Sandoz, Betsy Cain, Marcus Kenney, Todd Schroeder, Pamela Wiley, Stephanie Howard, Benjamin Jones, and Will Penny, in addition to showcasing select photographs by Jack Leigh.

Penny will create a site-specific, video projection mapping installation in the green space in front of the gallery.

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The Spirit of The Place

High Museum of Atlanta
March 4, 2017 – June 11, 2017

The Spirit of the Place: Photographs by Jack Leigh showcases the lyrical work of celebrated Savannah photographer Jack Leigh (American, 1948–2004). Leigh was among a generation of Southern photographers that came of age in the 1970s, including William Christenberry and William Eggleston, whose work focused on the subtle beauty found in ordinary and out of the way subjects of the American South.

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Now the Once

Curated by Susan Laney
SCAD Pinnacle Gallery
September 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents “Now The Once,” a solo exhibition by SCAD Faculty Emerita Pamela Wiley. The exhibition showcases Wiley’s latest body of work which transcends the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking. Employing the language of textiles as form and process, these works are dimensionally stitched drawings, where linear planes dissolve and negative spaces resonate from the surface, inviting us to consider the power of the line and its impact on perception.

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Edge to Edge

Featuring the work of multiple Laney Contemporary artists
Curated by Chip Simone
September 3 – December 3, 2016

This fall The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia will exhibit “Edge to Edge”, the first ever state-wide survey of contemporary Georgia photography. The work that has been selected for “Edge to Edge” was chosen for its visual strength, expressive sophistication, and technical artistry. As such the exhibition will serve as a testament to the power of photography itself.

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Unseen Patterns

Curated by Susan Laney
Westobou Festival
September 28 – November 18, 2016

Curated by Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary (Savannah), Unseen Patterns is a large-scale, site-specific installation stretching throughout the Westobou Gallery. Wyszomirska’s work reflects the effects of climate change: freak winter storms, extreme weather changes and highly fluctuating temperatures. It is based on aerial maps of the Savannah River and satellite imagery of weather patterns of the Chesapeake Bay. With the use of software, Wyszomirska turns this visual data into patterns which are then cut into a wide array of shapes. From there, she paints the layers of information embedded within their shapes and contours to create fluid, open compositions in which suspended forms of felt and Mylar seem to defy gravity.

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Kevin Cooley: ‘High Water Mark’

Curated by Susan Laney
SCAD Trois Gallery
August 12 – September 23, 2016

The Savannah College of Art and Design presents “High Water Mark,” the latest artwork by Los Angeles-based artist, Kevin Cooley. This immersive installation, created with the support of the university, explores the confluence of demands on our most precious resource — water — in the legendary Western landscapes of lakes Powell and Havasu. Both reservoirs tame the Colorado River to create a reliable water supply for millions of people throughout the Southwest while simultaneously offering “unparalleled opportunities for water-based recreation,” according to the National Park Service.

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Curated by Susan Laney
June 21 – August 14, 2016

“Aint–Bad: Vision to Reality” highlights the publisher’s thoughtfully curated editions, exploring the organization’s development from a singular vision and idea at its 2011 inception to the impressive brand it is today. The exhibition includes a selection of photographic works by SCAD alumni who have been profiled by Aint–Bad, as well as publications produced by the brand in the last five years.

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Curated by Susan Laney
April 26 – June 19, 2016

“Time and Place and Eternity,” an exhibition by SCAD alumna Stephanie Howard (B.F.A. painting) depicts an invented mythology of the South in intricate pen and ink renderings of human and animal characters and the dreamlike world they occupy. Howard synthesizes modern and imagined folklore heavily influenced by literary artists such as William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, as well as her artistic family, including Rev. Oliver Howard.

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December 4, 2015 – May 8, 2016

The Jepson Center for the Arts, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, opened on March 10, 2006, after years of dedicated planning. Safdie envisioned a building that would both reflect “a new spirit which speaks of the openness that contemporary society aspires to,” as well as maintain the historical integrity of the urban architecture of Savannah. Now, after nearly a decade, the Jepson Center continues to fulfill its role as a cultural icon within our city, playing host to educational programs, traveling exhibitions, and an expanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

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Curated by Susan Laney
SCAD Alexander Hall Gallery
January 29 – February 20, 2016

“Persona” is an exhibition of exceptional recent work created by SCAD Atlanta and Savannah graduate and undergraduate photography students and recent alumni. With more than 75 photographic works on view, “Persona” demonstrates the talent, personal vision and point of view that characterize these SCAD student photographers. The exhibition features inventive and expressive approaches to portraiture, including cyanotypes, camera obscura, mixed media photo collage, multiple exposure and artist’s books, along with digital color photography, video installation and black and white prints.

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Curated by Susan Laney
Westobou Festival
September 30 – November 20, 2015

Story Line: Wiley, Howard and Moneyhun, brings together three artists working in very specific – and very different – media to the new Westobou Gallery in downtown Augusta. Curated by Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary, this exhibition explores social, mythical and cultural themes connected by that most foundational of artistic ideas – the line. Pam Wiley’s work explores ideas of family, heritage and her Low Country environs through textiles. A storyteller from the folk art tradition, Stephanie Howard’s elaborate line drawings illustrate her view of Southern heritage. Hiromi Moneyhun creates complex hand-cut paper works, adding an element of subtle dimension to her line-driven pieces.

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Curated by Susan Laney
Westobou Festival
October 1 – 5, 2014

CURRENTS brings Savannah to Augusta by way of the river between them. The show’s seven artists exhibit under the same roof for the first time. Banded together by the historic city they call home, they have also all graduated with degrees in various disciplines from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Many are former or current staff or faculty members serving at the same university. They are additionally linked by their shared and distinct talents as well as by their experience and analysis of the Lowcountry. Savannah’s history, traditions and people inform these artist’s practices.

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Curated by Susan Laney
July 15 – October 2, 2014

“Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs, 1972-2004,” is the first museum survey of work by the acclaimed Savannah, Georgia-based photographer since his passing 10 years ago. In addition to exploring Leigh’s documentation of low country terrain and traditions, the exhibition traces distinct threads of influence in Jack Leigh’s career — from works by mid-20th-century artists who inspired him to works by contemporary artists influenced by his indelible legacy.

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Curated by Susan Laney
Whitney Gallery
June 6 – 29, 2013

Form: Figurative Works, showcases narrative compositions by eight contemporary painters and photographers. The group show marks the first curated exhibition resulting from an ongoing collaboration between Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary and June Stratton of Whitney Gallery.

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Curated by Susan Laney
Oglethorpe Gallery
November 16 – 22, 2011

A renowned local artist, Makover will exhibit never-before-seen mixed media photo encaustics that center around this small Georgia town, rich with Civil War and Civil Rights history. Midway is an autobiographical, coming of age exhibition that juxtaposes the death of Makover’s father with the birth of her children.

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Curated by Susan Laney
Oglethorpe Gallery
February 19 – 27, 2010

Featuring works by: Steve Bliss, Lisa M. Robinson, Craig Stevens, Julio Garcis, Daniel E. Smith, Sal Lopes, Juliana Peloso, Katherine Hoelscher, Katherine Sandoz, Pete Christman, Ken Rosenthal.

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