Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Artist's Statement: Anna Redwine

At Bedtime, 2007
Carbon on paper
18 x 24 in.
$ 625

“I draw life. I use the word 'draw' to mean 'extract', like to draw blood or draw a breath. During each drawing experience, I attempt to surrender self while I distill the life of the subject through mark-making. Because in this endeavor my most honest marks are the first ones, the drawings on these panels are collections of only the raw, initial renderings of life. Each panel contains only one individual animal, drawn several times. One beetle, one spider, one bird. These drawings are not pictures of the physical structure of the animals, rather they are documents of a focused experience of empathy with another living thing. “

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Biography: Anna Redwine

While I Am Irritated And It Is Not Because Of The Weather, 2007
Carbon on paper
18 x 24 in.

Anna Redwine was born in New Orleans in 1978, where she was exposed to a rich variety of art and life. She received a BA in English from the University of Mississippi in 2000 and returned seriously to visual art in 2002. In 2006 she completed her MFA at the University of South Carolina.

Recent Exhibitions

Anna Redwine: NEW presented by IF Art Gallery Gallery 80808/Vista Studios 808 Lady Street Columbia, SC October 12-23, 2007

Essence of Asia: Eastern Influences in Western Art presented by Reflect Arts, Inc. The Asian Fusion Gallery of the Asian Cultural Center 15 East 40th Street (between 5th and Madison) New York March 31-April l4, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Carl Blair & Anna Redwine: Old and New: October 12-23, 2007

if ART
1223 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 238-2351


Old & New



OCTOBER 12 – 23, 2007

Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, 5 – 10 pm

Opening Hours: Weekdays, 11 am – 7 pm; Sat., 11 am – 5 pm;
Sun, 1 – 5 pm

From October 12 – 23, if ART will present at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios two solo exhibitions: Carl Blair, Old & New, and Anna Redwine: New. The exhibition opens October 12 with a reception from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Opening hours for Gallery 80808/Vista Studios will be expanded during the if ART exhibition. They will be weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun, 1 – 5 p.m. Gallery 80808/Vista Studios is located at 808 Lady St., Columbia.

Carl Blair, of Greenville, will present oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, gouaches, monotypes and etchings from the early 1970s through 2006. Most of the work suggests the landscape and is executed in an abstracted, lively, colorful, expressionist manner. Anna Redwine of Columbia will show vivid and energetic graphite drawings, on gessoed panels, of insects and other animals. Redwine produced the work earlier this year during a residency at Paris Mountain State Park near Greenville. Blair, too, created most of his work at Paris Mountain, where he lives.

Kansas native Blair (b. 1932) in 2005 received the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for Lifetime Achievement. He has been as an artist, administrator and educator a driving force in South Carolina arts since he appeared on the scene in 1957. His prominence as a painter and sculptor has increased steadily and has been marked by several museum retrospectives since 1995. In 1999, he was included in “100 Years/100 Artists: Views of the 20th Century in South Carolina Arts,” the South Carolina State Museum’s look back at the 20th century. Blair in 1998 retired from teaching at Bob Jones University in Greenville, where he taught for four decades.

Anna Redwine (b. 1978), a native of New Orleans, in 2000 received a BA in English from the University of Mississippi. In 2006, she received her MFA at the University of South Carolina art department. Her April 2006 masters’ thesis show, Life In One Breath, was at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, organized by if ART.