During the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Redux Contemporary Art Center will be presenting Novelty by artist in residence Cory Oberndorfer, a pop art muralist and large-scale painter. Oberndorfer will create paintings in the gallery space as well as on the façade of Redux during a three-week residency from May 8 – May 26. The public is encouraged to visit the gallery during the installation to view Oberndorfer’s process of transforming the gallery space. The exhibition opens with a skating parade and reception on May 26, 6-10 pm. All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Inspired by graphic design, Oberndorfer transforms roller derby skaters into icons to convey both idolization and a sense of product identity. In a palette of bright colors, the artist draws inspiration from three of his favorite things, “sweets, pop culture and bad-ass women, although not necessarily in that order.” This combination brings a playful sense of innocence to athletes who play an aggressive, full-contact sport. Acknowledging the nostalgic return of the all-female sport, Oberndorfer utilizes visuals that remain timeless, like old-fashioned candies, or those that have been re-contextualized by a new generation, such as half-tone values, sunburst patterns seen in propaganda posters and retro color palettes. To learn more about Cory Oberndorfer, please visit www.coryoberndorfer.com
The Lowcountry High Rollers are very excited to be involved. We hope you will join us at 6pm on May 26 as these derby girls lead a roller skating parade through the streets of Downtown Charleston, closed just for us! Bring your skates, meet the High Rollers and join this parade culminating on the steps of Redux for the opening reception of Novelty. To learn more about the Lowcountry High Rollers, please visit www.lowcountryhighrollers.com