March 2nd – March 25th, 2022
First Friday Reception March 4th, 2022 6:00-8:00 pm.
The bright, and playful soft sculptures by Charis Fleshner are a sure way to bring joy into your day. Charis creates works based on this idea that joy is a revolutionary act and to sing, dance, and create despite so much working against the vibrancy of the human spirit. These soft sculptures are reflections of her vibrant paintings that will also be on display. These works are wonderful examples of how line, shape, and color can dance.
Charis Fleshner is a conceptual artist who calls Colorado home, along with Goober cat, the best and worst studio assistant ever. Charis was accepted into University of New Mexico’s MFA program under painting and drawing but rebelled against categorization and fell in love with soft sculpture there instead. She likes to play with the idea of making art that begs to be viewed from multiple angles, inviting viewers to participate with the work by moving their bodies to fully view it. As a feminist, she views joy as a revolutionary act and hopes her work reflects this. The words of Audre Lorde never cease to speak to her studio practice as well as her work teaching art. “There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” (Audre Lorde) In addition to creating her own work, Charis teaches art and gender studies at local schools.
Arts Visalia is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from Noon-5:30 p.m. Drop by or schedule an appointment by calling 559-739-0905 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have created Virtual Gallery Tours that are available at www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours, so enjoy the show virtually or in person.