Charleston installation artist to visit CCU (Update: Started today)

Just a friendly reminder bump to the front page that this awesome event started today, January 9th and will last most of the month. Read below for all the details.

Jonathan Brilliant will be Coastal Carolina's visiting artist for two weeks. Visitors can come and watch as Brilliant creates a site specific sculpture. 

Brilliant uses traditional weaving and common materials to transform spaces into lyrical environments. 

Via Coastal News

The Charleston native, is the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellow for 2011-2012 and received a prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011. He has created sculptural installations at Universities and Galleries throughout the country including McColl Center for Visual Art, The Ox-Bow School of Art, The Vermont Studio Center, The Penland School of Crafts, The Redux Contemporary Art Center, The University of Oklahoma, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond and The East/West Project in Berlin Germany. Brilliant earned a bachelor's degree in studio art from the College of Charleston and an M.F.A. in spatial arts from San Jose State University.

Brilliant's monumental-scale installations are created using objects found in the contemporary coffee shop. Using only weaving and tension, mundane objects are converted into extravagant creations.

"In this ongoing series of work," says Brilliant, "I continue to explore my sense that the coffee shop and related consumer environs are more organic and nurturing than the 'real' natural environment. Wooden coffee stir sticks woven in place with tension, coffee cup sleeves stacked inside of one another and coffee grounds pressed into the wall combine to create a series of compositional elements designed to activate the entire gallery space."

The instillation will take place at the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, visitors can watch the artist work on January 9th to the 19th. The opening of the instillation will be held Thursday, January 19th from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Brilliant's piece will be on display until February 17th. 

On November 30th Brilliant announced his visitation to Coastal Carolina on his blog, after his CCU exhibit he will travel to Columbia College in Columbia, SC and do another installation there.

You can find Jonathan Brilliant on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and of course his website

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