One of Charleston’s newest contemporary art galleries, Miller Gallery, presents an all-star lineup of artists in its upcoming February exhibit, Fire&Grace, in collaboration with the New Gallery of Modern Art of Charlotte, NC.
The exhibit focuses on works by Hay, incorporating both her human and rabbit portraits, as well as works from her latest series, Persisters, which depicts societal influencers like Rachael Maddow and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Hay received her MFA from the New York Academy of Fine Art and was recently featured in Queer and Now at the Tate of London.
Hay’s “lush” rabbits complement the sparse lines of Slonem’s bunny series. According to a press release, Slonem wakes up each day and “warms up” by painting bunnies, finishing his pieces off with well-worn, repurposed, frames. The press releases also promises, “Relevant and visually powerful statements by Hay and Fairey will juxtapose the light-hearted rabbits created by roster artist Jo Hay and New Gallery of Modern Art’s Hunt Slonem.”
Fairey, as you probably know, is a Charleston native, best known as the artist by Obama’s 2008 campaign “Hope” poster. You can see his murals in spots around town — check the building across from The Daily, as well as CofC’s College Lodge on Calhoun Street.
On Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. head to the gallery, located at 149 1/2 East Bay St. for an opening reception featuring works from Shepard Fairey, Hunt Slonem, and Jo Hay.