Olek - Front of Flanders Gallery Photo by Bryan Reagan
Tonight's First Friday is - as usual - dominated by Flanders progressive presentation of contemporary work. The show, called Make Ends Meet features artists Matthew Curran and Jonathan Brilliant of Raleigh along with Polish artist Olek. The group presents a textured body of work that completely consumes the Flanders building. A new body of Curran's exsquisite large scale stencil work adorns the walls surrounding sculptures by the other two artists. Brilliant constructs volumous popscicle sculptures that grow from the floor and take on flowing organic forms. Perhaps the most striking part of the show though, is Olek's obsessive woven coverings- completely painting the front of the gallery and found objects inside. Between the three artists, Flanders has put together one of the most exciting shows of the year.
Another great show is right down the street at DesignBox - Pat Fitzgerald's Pleasurable Perplexions. More humble in scale, but just as inspiring, Professor Patrick Fitgerald of NC State Design School presents his latest in hybridized imagery. Consistently one of the most prolific and evolving artists working at NC State, Fitzgerald continues to explore the vibration between traditional image making and the generative and manipulative qualities of digital process. Fitzgerald's empathy for the next man and his synesthesia like expression of emotion come together to create something youthful, contemporary and completely unique.
Also, if you are willing to pay admission, CAM Raleigh has a new show as of mid may- artist Jose Lerma presents The Credentialist exciting sculpture and illustration work to CAM.