Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery to Host Feminist-Inspired Exhibition

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USC Upstate Communications
For The Carolinian

Spartanburg, S.C. – Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery is pleased to present “Pent Up Pink,” a collection of feminist-inspired sculptures by Greenville, S.C. artist Fleming Markel. The exhibition opens on Feb. 23 and runs through March 30, 2018. An artist talk and public reception will be held on March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby and the gallery. 

In “Pent Up Pink,” Markel analyzes and interprets many traditions and beliefs within our governing, religious and social institutions. Many of these traditions and beliefs are myths, unfounded notions, yet they exert control on our daily lives and on our world view. 

“By constructing objects that question the veracity of those myths, I try to counteract their social control,” Markel said. “I juxtapose disparate materials to make sculpture with titles that offer questions, but no answers. My sculpture, while hu-morously off-kilter, might also be uncomfortably confrontational. I am fascinated by cultural myths, especially those that control women. So, I often begin a sculpture with a particular feminine myth in mind.  I make objects I want to see.  In this particular series, ‘Pent-up Pink,’ the materials of each sculpture are themselves purveyors of cultural myths: Plexi-glas, steel, women’s craft materials, household objects. With a nod to Minimalism, Surrealism and Pop Art, I work under the influence of, and in homage to, the Feminist Art of the 1970’s.   My sculpture is not a crusade but a journal.”

A native of South Carolinian, Markel holds hold a B.A. from Winthop University, a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina, and a M.F.A. from Clemson University. She spent several years working in Lee Gallery at Clemson University, and is presently manager of Greenville Technical College’s Riverworks Gallery located on the Reedy River.

According to gallery director Jane Nodine, “This exhibit brings into focus feminist topics of control, manipulation and conditioning that are prevalent in society. Some of the content in the show is provocative and may cause con-cern among viewers. In celebration of Women’s History Month it is a perfect time to examine these stereotypes with contemplation and humor.”

About the Gallery

The Curtis R. Harley Gallery is one of three galleries sponsored by University of South Carolina Upstate and is dedicated to original works of art and events that support our mission to offer exhibitions and activities that cultivate an under-standing of art as a discipline, the relationship of art to life, and the historical and societal role art plays for the educated individual. Free and open to the public, the gallery presents exhibitions from the University’s permanent collection and shows that feature Upstate students and faculty. Located in the Performing Arts Center, the gallery is staffed by students as part of an ongoing internship program for experiential learning, The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information contact Gallery Director, Jane Nodine, office: 864-503-5838 or email,