Charlotte sculptor, Keith Bryant will install 365 ceramic globes along the banks of the New River at the 221 Access State Park in Ashe County on May 5-7. This weekend event will include the opportunity to camp, attend talks by park rangers and community nonprofit leaders, and to discuss environmental issues currently facing the New River.
Falling into the NEW
Growing up in Colorado on a well we were always aware of water, how much we used, how long our showers were and if there was enough water in the well to water the garden. Living in a semi arid climate heightens ones senses of the wet. To this day I have a hard time putting water on my garden or plants without thinking of where it came from or how much there is out there and I never water my grass.
The New River is an amazing water way, it’s age and history is one of awe. This project is a collaboration between the old and the new through the lens of time. The ceramic spheres that I call peas are about abundance, a meditation on the gift of each day. From the onset of this project these spheres so similar yet each unique, were intended to sit in a creek or riverbed. This connection between solid and fluid is an intriguing one to contemplate. Each new site for the peas incorporates the surroundings differently. Through this installation I am hoping to pull the viewer into a heightened awareness of the river. The strategic placement of these colorful objects draw the viewer in, allowing them to immerse themselves into an experience of place and pondering about the river, how important it is not only as a source but a power, an entity without form and a thing of beauty and inspiration.
- Keith Bryant
About the Artist
Keith Bryant creates work from a place that exists beyond the confines of language yet enhances the realm of understanding riddles in life, connection and independence. Working in wood, metals and ceramics his forms employ abstraction but not without metaphor. His sculptures address ideas of loneliness, isolation, architecture and landscape. His work has been exhibited nationally and held in corporate collections throughout the southeast and mountain states.
As an educator in the arts for over two decades Keith has taught for UNC Charlotte in the Department of Art & Art History since 2000. His instructional focus is ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. A move in 1990 brought him to Charlotte, NC for the first time to teach at Central Piedmont Community College after teaching at University of South Carolina, Columbia. He holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BFA from Colorado State University and a residency at Philadelphia College of Art – today known as University of the Arts.