Check out these new exhibits, opening this week in Charlotte and the surrounding area.
Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: These days, it's a bit shameful for Charlotteans not to know who Swiss architect Mario Botta is. He did, after all, design one of Uptown's newer constructs, the impressive Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Sleek, post-modern and innovative, this building has become a staple of the Levine Center for the Arts for good reason. But there's a lot more to Botta than what we can see in the Q.C. The Bechtler's Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory is an exhibit that will clue visitors in on the architect's 50-year career, with views of his constructs around the world. The fourth-floor gallery will feature sketches, architectural models and photographs. $4-$8; Free for members and children 10 years old and under. January 31-July 25. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.
Fascia: Henrique Oliveira
- Henrique Oliveira's Fascia installation at UNC Charlotte Center City.
at UNC Charlotte Center City: Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira's installations are taking over UNC Charlotte's Projective Eye Gallery. Constructed out of plywood, these works protrude from the walls, resembling twisted tree branches and tangled roots. Lining the walls and wrapping around columns, the structures truly seem to have taken on a life of their own. There's a Little Shop of Horror's vibe going on in the works' large, invasive indoor presence. But there's also something beautiful in the works' textures and coloration, reminiscent of human tissue. Well worth a careful examination. For more information on Henrique Oliveira, visit www.henriqueoliveira.com
. Free admission. Opening reception on Jan. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 31-March 12. UNC Charlotte Center City (held in Projective Eye Gallery), 320 E. 9th St
- John Hairston Jr.'s "Merauder"
at Twenty-Two Gallery: This two-person exhibit with new works by Marcia Jones and John Hairston Jr. is going to be cool. That's because both Q.C. artists have a way of pumping out paintings that capture energy in addition to being colorful, creative and intricate. Hairston, whose comic book-inspired works and free style onsite artwork has earned him plenty of praise from us in the past, will feature nine new works in the show. He's also collaborated with Jones for a special piece. Free admission. Opening reception on Feb. 1. Feb. 1-28. Twenty-Two Gallery, 1500 Central Ave