Kimberly Valentinsson’s “Melancholy” is the sad Summer show you’ve been waiting for

  Word nerds know that “melancholy” and “sad” are not synonymous. Sure, they describe a similar feeling, and casual conversation allows them to be used interchangeably. But melancholy evokes a different feeling than sadness—by several sources, it’s defined as “sober thoughtfulness,” “a gloomy state of mind,” and “pensive sadness.” Melancholia, then, is more complex than simply being sad. Kimberly Valentinsson’s solo show,...

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What is going on in SCAD’s “Modern Love” exhibition?

The words “modern love” evoke a variety of emotions, so an art show devoted to the phrase is bound to be complicated. In Modern Love, up at the Gutstein Gallery until August 20, there’s a lot going on, and the theme doesn’t seem to fit the majority of the works in the exhibition.     Modern Love is a juried exhibition with over a hundred works by SCAD faculty, alumni, student and staff. The show synopsis notes that the...

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Artists on display: Non-Fiction Gallery plays host to week-long “Goldfish” residency

When I arrive at Non-Fiction Gallery Wednesday afternoon, it looks more like a studio than a gallery. Bottles of paint and Blick bags stuffed full of supplies dot the floors. The walls are still blank, save a few works in progress that are taped up with black mounting tape. There’s a futon in the middle of the gallery and a laptop blasting Michael Jackson. It feels counterintuitive for the gallery to become the studio—I feel like I’ve...

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“Yamacraw in the Sun” sheds light on a complex Savannah neighborhood

On the west side of Savannah, between West Boundary and MLK up near Bay, is a little neighborhood called Yamacraw Village. Built in the 1940s, it’s made up largely of Section 8 housing and, if you believe everything you hear, it’s essentially an active minefield. Its residents are all criminals who leer at any outsiders from their porch, and if you walk through there at night, you’ll definitely be shot or mugged or assaulted. Marian...

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“Proclivity” examines force of habit through painting, sculpture, video

Have you ever thought about how you began a habit? Let’s say you bite your nails. Do you remember the very first time you put your finger in your mouth and chewed down? What did the action offer you in the moment—a way to channel your frustration or anger or anxiety into a physical activity? Does the habit affect you now? Do you ever consider how your nail-biting could reflect your deep-hidden beliefs?     Proclivity, the...

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