Arts
12:58 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Graphic Design at SECCA, Geek Girl Rising, and Violinist Kevin Lawrence on Triad Arts Weekend

Triad Arts Weekend: October 25, 2013

Today on the show we’ll get graphic at the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem. Their new world class exhibit involving the input of more than 200 artists is Graphic Design: Now in Production. Then, from graphic we get geeky at the Comic Book City Con in Greensboro. Among the many offerings there you’ll find a special panel discussion called "Geek Girl Rising”. Eddie Garcia chats it up with organizer Rachel Scott, and Bethany Chafin talks with two time Eisner award winning artist Hope Larson. And we wrap things up with a break from visual arts banter with Bach—Johann Sebastian Bach to be precise. J.S. was arguably the greatest keyboardist of the Baroque, and he often included harpsichord and organ effects in his writing for strings. Bach’s Sonatas for solo violin provides an excellent example, and violin virtuoso Mr. Kevin Lawrence is here to share the many steep challenges and awesome rewards hidden in this monumental work Live in Studio A.

SECCA: Graphic Design: Now in Production

David Ford goes behind the scenes at SECCA.

Over the past decade, graphic design has grown tremendously in terms of its reach, expanding from a highly specialized profession to a tool used by many of us. Today, graphic design is the largest of the design professions, and this week one of the most ambitious graphic design exhibitions is coming to the Triad. Graphic Design: Now in Production opens at the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art on Saturday, October 26th. Co-organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, the enormous exhibit features work produced since 2000 that’s been assembled by more than 200 designers.

SECCA in Winston-Salem is the only venue in the Southeast to host the show. Last week David visited the Center during installation for a preview with Executive Director Mark Leach, Installation Manager/Registrar Cliff Dossel, and Curator of Contemporary Art Cora Fisher. Graphic Design: Now in Production opens at the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art on Saturday, October 26th, and it’ll remain through February 23rd. If you’ve never been to SECCA, you owe it to yourself to go! It’s beautifully set in the woods just off of Reynolda Road right in the heart of the Reynolda Historic District. You get all the architectural splendor you'd expect from the Hanes’ gorgeous English Hunt-Style mansion, PLUS 8,896 square feet of beautifully laid out contemporary gallery space lit by dozens of enormous windows looking out at woods, open fields, and a small pond. Best of all, it’s free. 

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Greensboro's Comic Book City Con and "Geek Girl Rising"  

Eddie Garcia and Bethany Chafin chat with the women behind "Geek Girl Rising" at this weekend's Comic Book City Con.

This weekend Greensboro is hosting the Comic Book City Con. The convention is presented by Acme Comics, and will feature top comic book artists, musical performances, panel discussions, activities for the entire family, and of course, plenty of comic books. Eddie Garcia's guest today is Rachel Scott. She’s the organizer of a panel discussion at Comic Book City Con called “Geek Girl Rising” that takes place Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The panel will be a celebration of women in comics & fandom, and features women who are making a serious impact in an industry and culture that has been primarily male dominated.One of the featured artists will be two time Eisner award winner Hope Larson – Triad Arts’ Associate Producer Bethany Chafin spoke with her earlier this week, and you’ll hear that interview in just about ten minutes.

Eddie met Rachel Scott at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema, a very cool coffeeshop & theatre in Greensboro that she runs with her husband, owner Joe Scott.  Rachel is also a teacher at Guilford Middle School where she has organized a comic book club for students. Geeksboro has a life size Tardis, the iconic time & space traveling police box used by Doctor Who. Eddie had hoped to conduct the interview in the Tardis, but unfortunately this Tardis is not bigger on the inside than the outside.  

Hope Larson has won two Eisner awards (these are sort of the equivalent in the comic book world to an Oscar).  Her first was in 2007 for Special Recognition or Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, and this year, she won an Eisner for Best Publication for Teens for her graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.  Larson is known for her illustrations and comics, but most recently, Hope wrote and directed a short film called Bitter Orange starring Brie Larson.  Larson is originally from Asheville, North Carolina, but now lives in LA, and she spoke with Bethany by phone from her home in CA.Hope will be part of this weekend’s Comic Book City Con in Greensboro, and a panel called “Geek Girl Rising.”  The panel will be a celebration of women in comics and fandom, and the event begins Saturday, October 26, at 3:00 pm. Hope will be joined by the musical sister-duo The Doubleclicks (you can see one of their videos below), and Susanna Polo of the online news source for Geek Girl culture, The Mary Sue, will be moderator. 

Live in Studio A: Kevin Lawrence

Violinist Kevin Lawrence plays some solo violin sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Praised for his "vibrant intensity," (The Times, London) and playing "supremely convincing in its vitality," (Cleveland Plain Dealer) violinist Kevin Lawrence has consistently elicited superlative responses for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. His assertive style and strong musical personality have thrilled audiences at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and in Houston, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam, where the Dutch press described him as "simply miraculous."

 Kevin's release of the complete violin works of the American composer Arthur Foote on the New World label was "highly recommended" as "beautifully played" by the Washington Post, and heard on the Ken Burns series “Not for Ourselves Alone,” broadcast on PBS; his second CD of American violin sonatas, recently released by New World, was hailed as “vital playing” and “a labor of love” by Classics Today.com.Kevin currently chairs the string department at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which recognized him with its Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. It’ll be on the UNC at Greensboro campus in Organ Hall where on Tuesday evening, October 29, at 7:30 you can hear Kevin in recital. He’s tackling what many consider the most demanding music for the instrument: the solo violin sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. Kevin joined David Ford Live in Studio A to share this wonderful music with us. Violinist and University of North Carolina School of the Arts string department chair, Kevin Lawrence. On Tuesday evening, October 29, at 7:30 you can here Kevin in recital performing Bach’s incredible solo sonatas for violin. He’ll perform in Organ Hall on the University of NC at Greensboro campus.   

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