Domestic Bliss 2019 at the Flood Gallery
April 27 - May 30
Opening Reception: April 27, 6 – 9pm
Exhibit runs through May 30
The Faux Book Club, formed loosely 20 years ago in Asheville, consists of five local artists: Connie Bostic, Brenda Coates, Linda Larsen, Marya Roland, and Alice Sebrell. In those two decades, the five women have yet to actually agree upon a book to discuss, so the club took a different direction, toward their top priority — making art. As a whole, they’re producing engaging contemporary art that lets them (and by extension the viewer) question issues and motives, rather than providing concrete, individual answers. However, an upcoming exhibit themed around domesticity will allow each artist to emerge with her own voice. “We work in different mediums, come from different economic and geographic backgrounds, but seem to be able to coalesce around concepts that we all feel are important,” says member Connie Bostic. “Mostly we can laugh together.” A collective curiosity takes the work into a variety of cross-disciplines, including photography, painting, sculpture, installation, the written word, and kitsch. “The idea of ‘Domestic Bliss’ as a theme is where happy images of home life are the exterior face given to the community that belies the underbelly of this ‘bliss,’” says member Brenda Coates (see story on page 52) “The dynamics of family life reveal a complex web of interpersonal relationships sparring with independent thoughts and desires, sometimes in direct contradiction to those outward appearances,” adds Coates.
The Flood Gallery, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. floodgallery.org. 828-273-3332.