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Likeness and Light
One Wicked Gallery • 511 Castle St.
How Things Grow
Wabi Sabi Warehouse • 9th and Princess
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SINISTER CRIME SCENE: This is just one of Christina Cole’s photographs on display at One Wicked Gallery during the “Likeness and Light” show, opening July 9. Courtesy photo.

Unique, macabre, sinister—just a few adjectives to describe downtown’s art haven, One Wicked Gallery. No other studio in the Port City comes close to resembling Wicked. “[It’s] unique because, well, it’s Wicked,” Christina Cole, owner, says. “It’s fringe society.”

With that said, the seemingly unconventional art gallery is open to showcasing any and every art form in all of its inimitable glory, with just one exception.

“[We] cater to all spectrums of the art world, except the mainstream,” Cole affirms. “We showcase things that regular people would not normally find beautiful or dining-room acceptable but are beautiful to us.”

With this mantra, the studio has undeniably brought some notable shows to the table—Red Death Masquerade, Steampunk Circus, Anatomy and Gabriel Lehman, to name a few. The proud owner deems them all “very involved and amazing” and wants to continue the trend. Thus, the studio will be utilizing this inspiration to bring their view of counterculture straight from inception to reality right before our eyes on Saturday, July 9. One Wicked Gallery will be opening “Likeness & Light”—their film and photography exhibition.

Cole, who holds degrees in visual/graphic art and photography, has always wanted to do a photography show at the gallery. Her inspiration lies within the name itself. “Both photography and film are made from optical devices that use existing light to create a likeness,” Cole explains.

So far a select group of artists have taken creative liberties with the theme. Artists showing their work include published, renowned photographers Rachel Black and David Franck; Seven; Brian Bodt; Melissa Wilgis; Christina Creech; Saralyn Earp; Bruce Evans; Miranda Duncan; Everette Freyberg; Ben Billingsly; Joe Stauffer; and even Christina Cole herself, who will be submitting an installation based on her macabre perversion series.

The materials used in some of their pieces are just as unconventional as the studio itself. Cole notes “organic substances, bones, skulls, sponges and snake skins” will make an appearance. Without giving too much away, she describes her piece as “a crime-scene installation with all kinds of additions.”

Appropriately showcasing a menagerie of photography and film, from many of the area’s most twisted and imaginative artistic minds, the jaw-dropping factor tips the scale at One Wicked come Saturday, located at 511 Castle Street, downtown Wilmington.

How Things Grow
With the opening of one exhibition comes the closing of another. The art world is funny like that—forever revolving and evolving. Meredith Connelly and Kate Sinclair’s show, “How Things Grow,” hanging at Wabi Sabi Warehouse downtown, kicked off last month. It’s closing reception takes place also on Saturday the 9th, with both artists on hand to discuss their work.

“How Things Grow” juxtaposes the evolution of both the tangible and the intangible. Sinclair describes the tangible as “the physical world—plants, people, light, color, and things to touch and see.” Her view of the intangible takes an opposite appeal. “The abstract aspects of the world—emotions, relationships, ideas and energy,” she explains. “This show is really just the beginning of exploring the energy that Meredith and I create together. I have a mixture of new and old work, while Meredith worked hard to produce site-specific works that banked on the surrounding space.”

Although both artists approached the exhibition differently, their variations ended up complementing one another as the project began taking shape. In fact, the harmony they created became the backbone of the entire endeavor. “To see how our work spoke together really was the drive behind the whole project,” Sinclair recalls.

Their decision to collaborate stemmed from art class, specifically ceramics (one in which I, too, had the pleasure of taking with them). During class, both of their artwork showed characteristics of a very distinct, bold and sometimes eccentric style. Each explored texture in their work. Sinclair often employed horizontal rings around mugs, cups and other forms, while Connelly added layers with slurry and miscellaneous pieces of clay in abstract form. Their individual techniques formed the essence of life, when strategic meets whimsical.

In this potting environment, the idea behind “How Things Grow” was born. “It just seemed so familiar to both of us,” Sinclair notes. “When I was approached about doing a show with Wabi Sabi, I needed a partner in crime. Meredith just came so naturally. No question about it; we jive.”
Together, the young artists have yielded noteworthy results, transforming the space into what Sinclair describes an “extrasensory experience.” From paintings to sculptures and even a stop-animation projection, How Things Grow closes on July 9 with an artist reception at Wabi Sabi Warehouse at 9th and Princess streets downtown.

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