Press release from the Black Mountain Center for the Arts:
The Black Mountain Center for the Arts will host an artist’s opening and reception for the show titled War Paint and the Minimalist Bear, an exhibition of pop art by artist Ron C. Greenlee in the Upper Gallery on Friday, Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are so happy to exhibit Ron’s work,” says Lori Cozzi, BMCA executive director. “I’ve known him for many years and think his work deserves to be seen by the larger community. Our gallery selection committee was excited to have this opportunity to display this genre.”
Greenlee is a Black Mountain resident who has lived in many places throughout the south and been influenced by a wide range of contemporary artists from Warhol to Longo, Johns to Herring and Rauschenberg to Burkhart. He is formally trained and has worked around art in one way or another since the 1980s.
“I have an affinity for sharp lines and color,” says Greenlee. “I like flat spaces offset with depth, the printed word, typefaces, graffiti and logo design. I incorporate these elements and many more into my art.”
The range of his training and influences have created a duality in his process. “Artistically speaking,” Greenlee says, “I see myself with two faces: one that loves the more traditional application of paint and the creation of a story that only exists in the ether, a work created through precise care to give vision to a thought. The other plays with all types of media and styles to produce small works that are digitally knitted together to create a complex visual style.”
Join us at the gallery opening and support local art and artists. War Paint and the Minimalist Bear will run through Friday, Feb. 28. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street in the old City Hall. For more information or questions, visit blackmountainarts.org or call 828-669-0930.