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Flannery O’Connor, a visual response: great exhibition at GPS

An exhibition opens this Friday evening (Oct. 20) at the Greensboro Project Space on Lewis Street. The space is the UNCG School of Art’s contemporary art center.

“Intrusions of Grace: A Visual Response to the Works of Flannery O’Connor” is the combined photographic works of Southern artists Anne Berry (Newnan, Georgia) and Lori Vrba (Chapel Hill, North Carolina). Curated by Dennis Kiel, Director of the Dishman Art Museum of Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Flannery O’Connor was aware of the connection between fiction and visual art; she argued that writers sometimes painted because it made them notice things. Both the writer and the visual artist should be concerned with showing the reader or viewer something important, what Joseph Conrad called “that glimpse of truth for which you had forgotten to ask.”

The works in this exhibit also hint at the mystery of the unknown and the existence of things beyond the surface. These works, like O’Connor’s stories, present something real and believable while hinting at what is invisible but nonetheless true.

Also, a “Southern Artist Panel” will be held on Oct. 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about GPS events at http://www.greensboroprojectspace.com/.

Visual: “Genesis,” Lori Vrba