Artists Tonya Gregg and Juan Logan take on race and culture in their exhibitions
Prisoners of perception
By Vincent Harris, Charleston City Paper
On the surface, the two exhibitions running concurrently at The Southern Contemporary Art Gallery right now would seem to have little in common. Tonya Gregg’s After Midnight In The Dynasty, is a series of paintings of African-American women surrounded by dreamlike objects and sly, mischievous-looking cherubs. The women are posed almost too ideally, as if they’re in advertisements or photo shoots.
The second exhibition is more abstract. Juan Logan’s Fatal Links is a series of mixed-media works with a haunting recurring theme: Disembodied heads with no features, used in different sizes and colors throughout his work. In one such painting, called “The Help,” the heads are so lightly colored that they fade into the more dramatically colorful background. In another, part of a series called Elegy, they’re much darker, crowded chaotically into a boat with precise angled lines.
The two exhibits seem as different as night and day, but they both deal almost entirely with race.Continue reading