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Aggie Zed

Aggie Zed's "Another View of Heaven" at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Aggie Zed's "Another View of Heaven" at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Aggie Zed was born in Charleston in 1952, and grew up on Sullivan’s Island with enough family and animals to populate a full-fledged farm. Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture, and shortly after moved to Virginia, where she has remained since, leading a rather private life.

“I first met Aggie Zed when I was a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University in the early 1980’s. I have always loved her work and felt a particular sympathy with her subjects. I was pleased to learn that she was a native of Sullivan’s Island and that she showed regularly at Nina Liu’s gallery [in downtown Charleston]. Back in 2002 (or so) I began a conversation with her about the possibility of this show. Aggie falls into that category of artists we tend to specialize in here at the Halsey—the oddly overlooked,” says Halsey director and curator Mark Sloan.

This winter, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art will unveil Keeper’s Keep, Zed’s first solo exhibit in a museum-like institution. Her paintings, mixed media and ceramic sculptures, drawings, installations and sketchbooks will be on view. Zed’s dreamlike environments and narrative imagery will fill the Halsey with an otherworldly exploration of man’s relationship with the animal kingdom.

Aggie Zed is one of the most extraordinary artists I have worked with in my 27 years as a curator,” says Sloan.

“I am terrifically excited about this exhibition, as are her many admirers nationwide. This is her first museum-scaled exhibition, and long overdue. I am pleased to be able to present such a comprehensive collection of her work in front of our audience.

words: Stacy Huggins

Shark Chase by Aggie Zed

Posted in Visual on February 16, 2012 (Winter 2012) by Art Mag.

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