Woodie Wentworth

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When  Woodie Wentworth strolls down history-drenched MacDougal Street in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, walking the same path of dissension as such luminaries as Pollock, Ginsberg, and Dylan – both Thomas and Bob – she doesn’t look necessarily out of place. Her t-shirt and jeans are respectably unassuming; her hair, decidedly undone. If anything, she looks hungry, and she readily admits a desire to eat as she positions herself in one of Caffé Reggio’s coveted, yet uncomfortably warped, wire bistro chairs along the sidewalk. “I think about food almost incessantly,” she says, scooting her bantam-sized body toward the table. New to New York City, having arrived barely a week before, she is either unimpressed with her environs or savvy enough to keep her [...]

Russell Biles

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Russell Biles’ brick bungalow just north of downtown Greenville has a wide front porch and a terraced backyard that falls away into dense woods. From that lush and sun-dabbled space you pass through a door into a dark and musty basement workshop. Crammed in are a couple of small work tables, an electric kiln in one corner, and a yellow fiberglass shower stall in another. In-process, old, and broken art works are scattered around. It’s like two different worlds on one residential lot. The art Biles makes provides a similar contrast. He makes figurative ceramics, not unheard of but not the dominant form for the medium. Most have political and social messages. He mines old television shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Leave it To [...]

Morihiko Nakahara

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Morihiko Nakahara is at Inakaya, a Japanese restaurant on Two Notch Road. He doesn’t order, the food just starts coming. Some white flounder, tuna, horse mackerel in which the carcass of the fish has been skewered and wrapped around the chunks of raw fish. There’s Japanese vodka served in small glasses over ice and beer. He shares the drinks with the guys behind the fish counter and keeps up a nearly non-stop conversation with them in Japanese. Eating sushi, and one of his companions this night is eating it for the first time, is a lot like programming a concert or a season. “It’s like going to a concert for the first time – you need a guide,” says Nakahara, music director of the South [...]

Tyrone Geter

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Tyrone Geter recently had hip replacement surgery and was getting around with a stick, good for, he noted, keeping away dogs and writers. He was sitting in the den in an easy chair before the fireplace which, this August morning, was not in use, since at 10 a.m. the temperature was already above 90. His sister Liz had come from Ohio to give him a hand since the July operation and he had one of her hearty breakfasts perched on his lap, a glass of carrot juice on the table beside him. And his stick. After eating and talking a bit, Geter gets ready for the trip upstairs to the two huge rooms that constitute his studio. “You better not stand behind me in case [...]

Cary Ann Hearst

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Cary Ann Hearst comes across as a redheaded fireball whose diminutive size belies her larger-than-life personality and voice. Frequently backed by her husband, Michael Trent of The Films, the two musicians can be seen in various locales around Charleston, and around the country actually, playing a primeval brand of roots music that takes its cues from blues, rock and roll, vintage country, and old-timey gospel. Along with a small collection of similarly-inclined local musicians, Hearst is also one of the founders of the Charleston-based record label, Shrimp Records. One of the label’s first releases was Hearst’s new recording, “Are You Ready to Die.”  Featuring the talents of veteran producer, engineer, and songwriter Butch Walker and a startlingly eclectic array of original songs, the EP caught [...]

Erik Campos shot rock n’ roll

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It happens at almost every rock show. You’re right down front, being elbowed and jostled. The band is roaring, the crowd is screaming, the lights are dancing across the stage, and suddenly it hits you. “This is magical,” you tell yourself. “If I could only bottle this and take it home.” Erik Campos knows the feeling well. An award-winning photographer with a passion for jangly, overdriven guitars, he relishes being as close to the action as possible. He has a knack for recognizing those transcendent moments, those testaments to rock’s transformative power. “I’ve always loved music,” he says, cradling a cup of coffee in his hands in a booth at a local coffee shop. “I get the storytelling part of it. I get the writing [...]

Spoleto Sorted Out

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When people look at the Spoleto Festival USA, they’re sometimes overwhelmed. Where to start? If you’re interested in traditional classical music and opera, it should be simple enough, but it isn’t. And what’s with these operas you’ve never heard of? Or the ones that are very well known, but you can’t understand why the festival is doing such popular pieces? Then there’s the lineup of solo performers – doing what exactly? It also looks like most of the world has been imported for the jazz series. OK, relax. This is how it’s supposed to be. The Spoleto Festival isn’t for those with narrow interests; it’s for those who want to explore performing arts of all kinds from all over. Let us provide you with a [...]

Bonnie Goldberg

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Standing naked, I tried not to stare directly into the bright light. I felt completely outside of my body, and a little bit faint, until a calming voice urged me to relax and breathe, to just shake the stress out of my arms and shoulders. The voice had the consistency of warm caramel, and within moments, I was again conscious and aware that I was safely with Bonnie Goldberg in the basement of the Columbia Museum of Art’s “About Face” studio. This out-of-body moment was inspired by a conversation I had with Goldberg during her solo show in December 2010 at Frame of Mind, a local eye-wear boutique that doubles as a gallery. Goldberg expressed that the emotional connection she felt with a model was [...]

Lyon Forrest Hill

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When an artist undergoes a great change, it is inevitable that his work will reveal the past, present and future. Lyon Hill’s portfolio reads like a narrative self-portrait that stems from torment and blossoms into a dark, yet romantic evolution, catalyzed by the relationship with his wife, Jennifer. Hill plays in many creative arenas, including the Columbia Marionette Theatre, and crafts everything from puppets to comic books, videos, neoprints, paintings and illustrations. “Drawing is one of my favorite things to do,” Hill said. “The drawing is what I’m doing a lot of these days.” While Hill dabbles in a multitude of media, the immediacy of illustration entices him to concentrate on drawing. “I’m all about getting to it as efficiently as possible,” Hill said. “I [...]

Adam Shiverdecker

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Adam Shiverdecker claims to be “working towards becoming a better artist” – yet this talented sculptor already has a solo art exhibition and several acclaimed group shows under his belt. To top off this résumé, his piece entitled Mutiny took the award for Best Graduate Work at the 52nd-Annual Student Art Exhibition at McMaster Gallery in March. Mutiny is a sculpture of a large, featureless, genderless, doll-sized figure. The androgynous being has hand-less arms folded across its chest and miniature incarnations of itself standing on each shoulder. The central figure stands looking nonchalant, while the two small figures play out a tug-of-war across his head and operate the pump-jack that they have burrowed into the larger figure’s skull. “Yeah, they are pumping my head and [...]