Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SOCO Gallery Opens in Charlotte

 While we lament the closing of Castell Gallery in Asheville, we celebrate the opening of Southern Comfort Gallery (SOCO) in Charlotte. 

Chandra Johnson has been working up to this event since 2014, and now announces the grand opening of SOCO Gallery (SOCO) in a renovated 1920's bungalow in Charlotte's Myers Park neighborhood, at 421 Province Road.

Johnson says that SOCO is "a contemporary art gallery" that "represents emerging and established artists working in all mediums with a specialization in photography."

The gallery offers 1,200 square feet of exhibition space, as well as a bookshop and garden.

The opening exhibition now up at SOCO is Fluid Journey, a group show of photography which, according to Johnson, explores "the idea of the transformative qualities of both water and leisure and how they affect our physical and mental states."

This show, up through August 22nd, 2015, features work by Will Adler (see image below), LeRoy Grannis, Xavier Guardans, Mona Kuhn, Karine Laval (see image above), Ken Van Sickle and Massimo Vitali.

 As part of the run-up to opening SOCO, Johnson organized a show of work by the transitional Jeff Whetstone (see image below), featuring work from his New Wilderness portfolio at a site specific installation in Dallas at the Joule Hotel’s Comme Des Garçons PLAY Space during the Dallas Art Fair this past April. 

SOCO Gallery is already getting national attention, as witnessed to by the article in W Magazine, here. 

Congratulations to Johnson and to all in the photography community in Charlotte on the opening of this space for the exhibition of Southern photography, or, at least, the exhibition of photography in the American South.

Long may you thrive!

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