On May 4 from 5-8pm Miller Gallery invites you to an exhibit featuring painter Charlotte Filbert and designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell.
Two dynamic artists, both Filbert and Caldwell will be exhibiting work from present and past series. The decision to exhibit works created prior to 2017/2018 stems from the desire of both gallery and the artists to introduce Charleston to the full breath of the artists’ works. Their representation in the Charleston art market will be hitting the one-year mark in June, but both Filbert and Caldwell have exhibited and sold in art markets around the globe.
Charlotte paints the colors, layers, and complexities of her emotions. She works on numerous paintings simultaneously - always listening to music. Filbert moves from canvas to canvas, one color at a time. Each completed piece is a colorful, energetic, mosaic vision, and often touches on the idea of change.
Filbert’s first “big” show was in 2009 in New York’s prestigious Opera Gallery, which has exhibited works by the likes of Keith Haring, Anish Kapoor, and Pablo Picasso. Since then Ally Hilfiger, Allen Morris, the late Robin Williams, and numerous private collectors have acquired her oil paintings.
A self-proclaimed “re-inventor”, Caldwell spends countless hours sifting through thrift stores, antique stores, abandoned warehouses, and salvage yards for inspiration. “Sometimes the objects I discover simply inspire the overall design idea and other times the objects actually become the raw material for the piece”, says Caldwell.
In 2013 Caldwell earned international attention when celebrity, Lady Gaga, used his Binary Chair as a part of her marketing efforts for her ArtPop album tour. Lady Gaga used the Binary Chair as a symbol of melding both the pop art and pop music worlds. Public and private art lovers, including the High Museum’s permanent collection, have invested in Caldwell’s designs.
Based off of the thread of change and equality woven through Filberts series, Miller Gallery has requested that those who wish to share a brief story (200 words max) of an unexpected act of kindness or their efforts to bring positive change to the world are encouraged to submit via email. Up to 40 submissions will be shared on Miller’s social media accounts and Blog throughout the duration of the show. Miller Gallery and the artists hope that this campaign will shine a light on everyday goodness while encouraging the spread of positive stories in the media. Selected participants will be given an 11 x 14 print of one of Filbert’s paintings from her Stand Up series. The hashtag #StandUpAndShare will be used for this campaign.
For more information or to submit a #StandUpAndShare, please email [email protected] or call 843-764-9281.