The Story So Far, Opening July 12

Paradise, C.J. Randall

Growing up in Philadelphia, C.J. Randall says he was fed a steady visual diet of the great fantasy and sci-fi films of the ’80s.” But it was The Dark Crystal, a mystical movie that follows a young elf, that changed everything. Randall’s father took him to see the film at seven years old. Afterward, the young boy went home and drew a pivotal scene on a giant sheet of paper. In the coming years, he’d continue drawing, culling inspiration from the era’sgrim, gritty, beautiful, [and] brutal black-and-white comic books.” This passion for illustration led him to Kutztown University, where he earned a BFA, and eventually to Asheville in 2001. Since settling in the mountains, Randall has worked as a puppeteer with Red Herring Puppets, contributed to the Black Lives Matter mural in Pack Square, and exhibited at dozens of downtown venues. This summer, he’ll present a series of vividly narrative mixed-media pieces at BlackBird Frame & Art as part of a solo showcase. I want [visitors] to get the same sense of magic and awe that I felt when I went to the movies as a kid,” Randall tells Asheville Made. To be transported out of the everyday and feel something powerful, resilient, [and] graceful.”

The Story So Far…, the Art of C.J. Randall: July 12-August 24; Opening Reception: Friday, July 12, 6-8pm

BlackBird Frame & Art365 Merrimon Ave., Asheville

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