Assembled, a selection of new works by Charles McGill, opens on Friday, May 3, 2013 at The Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.
An opening reception for the artist will take place on Friday, May 3, from 7:00–9:00 pm. The exhibition will remain on view through May 25, 2013.
Charles McGill is perhaps best known for his outrageous constructions that address issues of race, class, and social mobility. Since 1996, he has been working with the unconventional medium of golf bags, deconstructed and rebuilt on wood panels. He is the fictitious founder of the Former Black Militant Golf and Country Club, an expression of the satire that informs his work. In addition to denoting wealth and social exclusivity, golf has, as one reviewer notes, “a history of institutionalized racism and sexism.” However, his work has evolved beyond the initial direct satire of golf and now places more emphasis on process and the physicality of his unique materials. McGill notes that the expressive quality of the works derives primarily from the process itself: “Golf bags are not meant to come apart,” says McGill, “so there’s no way to make these pieces without getting really frustrated. The material is unforgiving and this informs the process.” His newest work is semi-abstract and is the manifestation of McGill’s struggle with the stubborn materials of stitched leather and vinyl. It makes use of humor, shock, and the materials of popular culture to gently prod the viewer toward a new perspective on contemporary social dynamics.
Charles McGill, an adjunct professor of painting and drawing, is a working artist who has spent the last 20 plus years making and exhibiting his work professionally. His art work has been reviewed in The New York Times and Art in America and appears in several private and public collections. Charles is also a published illustrator. As an eclectic and versatile artist, his work runs the gamut from painting and drawing to performance-based media and sculpture. McGill holds a B.F.A., from the School of Visual Arts, a M.F.A., from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
The Page Bond Gallery, located at 1635 West Main Street, Richmond Virginia exhibits contemporary art in a wide variety of media and disciplines including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery acts as a venue for the work of emerging and established artists with local, national, and international reputations. For more information, visit pagebondgallery.com, or call 804.359.3633.