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Past Exhibitions

Aggie Zed: Keeper's Keep

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015

Keeper’s Keep is composed of sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.

Derived from the title of one of the artist’s works, Keeper’s Keep alludes to British usage of the term “keeper” for “curator,” and plays on the double meaning of “keep” as both noun and verb. Aggie Zed is a storyteller whose works take us out of our everyday reality and into a world filled with absurdity, ambiguity, and the gifts of artistic imagination.

Zed’s studio practice is eclectic and varied. Often starting with images from her sketchbook, she may develop some of these concepts into paintings and others into sculptural installations. In her paintings and sculptures, human and animal figures collide with furniture or landscapes; rabbits sprout wheels or wings, while horses drown in collapsing scaffolding. Zed’s dreamscape narratives probe the inner reaches of the subconscious mind.

Although Zed’s work derives much of its meaning from literary associations, her imagery teems with invention and startling leaps of imagination. Her visual poetry conjures a world in which logic and rationality take a comfortable backseat while human foibles and impulses are placed in the foreground. Aggie Zed is a storyteller whose works take us out of our reality and into a world filled with absurdity, ambiguity, and the gifts of artistic imagination.

Aggie Zed: Keeper’s Keep is organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts. This exhibition will be on view February 14 – May 23, 2015 in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery.

To learn more, see link below:

http://halsey.cofc.edu/video/aggie-zed-keepers-keep-2/

 

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Exhibition installation photography by  Jeff Hofmann