May 10, 2019 – June 21, 2019

The Asheville Area Arts Council welcomes, Beyond Knowing, a new exhibit by curator, David Sheldon, into the AAAC Exhibition Space, May 10 – June 21, 2019.

Beyond Knowing features works by established and emerging artists that use art making as a means of exploring larger questions, such as “Who am I?”, Why am I here?”  and “Where am I headed?”. The paths and mediums of choice are varied, but there is a common thread in the desire to go beyond one’s comfort zone and to extend one’s own limits of understanding.

The ability to go beyond those limits might be a the results of years of practice and attainment of knowledge by the artists, or the ability to do so might be the result of a natural tendency in an artist – a constant urge to go beyond one’s own limits. Another might reach a point at which the only option for going further seems to be a “letting go” and branching directly into new territory with as open a mind and heart as possible. The resulting work has a rich and provocative vitality – not necessarily providing easy answers to the aforementioned questions. In fact, the work might provoke more questions than answers. There is an inherent quality in the work that stimulates and provides an opening, perhaps, for the viewer to begin and sustain their own search Beyond Knowing. 

Art & Exploration: the Nature of the Search
Friday, May 24th. 5:30-7:30 PM
A brief, provocative spoken-word performance by Alli Marshall followed by an informal panel discussion amongst artists represented in Beyond Knowing, and chaired by David Sheldon. Presented with a series of questions related to the process of artistic discovery, a fruitful and lively discussion between panelists will follow.  This event open to the public. Questions will be encouraged after the discussion.

You have two opportunities to meet the artists! Join us on Friday, May 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm for an artist panel discussion in addition to the First Friday reception on June 7, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Artwork by: Melanie Norris and Juan Benavides

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