Virginia Scotchie

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In Columbia, SC, on Tuesday, June 26, USC Professor and artist, Virginia Scotchie, presented a performance piece of her mixed media sculptural work, The Seven Deadly Sins. This “Moving Exhibition” started at McMaster College on the USC campus, 1615 Senate Street, at 5:30 and ended at the Five Points at 631-D Harden Street, in front of Gallery V.

Scotchie’s work, consists of 7 shopping carts, each containing objects including animal forms and found objects. The contents of each shopping cart have been case in porcelain and cement. The carts and objects they contain are interpretations by the artist of the Seven Deadly Sins. Each cart was pushed by a student from USC on a 2 mile walk, from McMaster College to the Five Points intersection of Harden and Devine Street.

The performance art piece was in Five Points by the Hootie and the Blow Fish Sculpture, in front of Gallery V and was also televised on WOLO ABC Columbia Tuesday evening at 11pm.

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Virginia Scotchie
Seven Deadly Sins

May 6 - 26, 2012

Thomas Hunter Projects Gallery
695 Park Ave, New York

Living in the Bible Belt in the South and being raised Catholic by parents from Ohio; I have reinterpreted the religious concept of the Seven Deadly Sins in my work. The installation consists of seven shopping carts that were found on the side of the street in Columbia, SC.

Shopping Carts first came into existence in the 1930's by the shopping magnate from Oklahoma, Sylvan Goldman. In the New York Times section on "Who Made That?" it was written:

"One night in 1936, Goldman had an epiphany.” As he worked late in his office, his attention was drawn to two ordinary folding chairs," wrote Terry P. Wilson in his book "The Cart That Changed the World". What if, Goldman wondered if one folding chair was placed on top of another? What if a basket was placed on top of each seat? What if it had wheels? The modern shopping cart was born." (from "Who Made That?", Dec. 18 2011 issue of the New York Times)

I wonder if Goldman imagined his carts being used by an ever-growing population of homeless people….

The abandoned carts I have collected from street corners are obviously carts used on the "streets" not in the stores. The carts used represent huge American businesses such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, The Dollar Store, and Publix.

Each cart contains ceramic and concrete objects.

 In "Punch" the cart is loaded with 47 punching bags slip cast from porcelain clay. Some of carts contain cast animals symbolically representing my version of  “deadly sins”. The animals also serve as a metaphor for some of our human behavior i.e., The cart with a white sheep is a metaphor of how we go along day by day without questioning, justifying or even wanting to know the true reality of the new status quo in the United States. In one of the carts there is a dog representing "man’s best friend" of which we put millions to sleep each year in our animal shelters. Another cart is full of yellow and red chicks, which can be seen as a representation of our inhuman treatment of the animals we raise for food. The pig is a metaphor for our glutinous food consumption in the USA. The animals represent the disengagement and detachment we have from our own reality. 

Visitors will need to get a "guest pass" from the main entrance (next to the enormous black cube) at Hunter College on the corner of 68th St. and Lexington Ave. You may then use any entrance to reach the Thomas Hunter Project Space, located in the basement of the Thomas Hunter Building. itorscenter/68th-street-campus-map

Visitation by appointment is also available.

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My work has been invited for a solo exhibition at the Thomas Hunter Project Gallery at Hunter College, The City University of New York at 695 Park Ave. This solo show will open May 6 and close May 26, 2012.

I have been asked to Curate the 2013 Scripps College 70th Annual Ceramic Exhibition. The exhibition will include 20 artists that I invite from across the United States whose work has had a major impact on the field of ceramic art. The exhibition will take place at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College in Claremont, California. This Spring semester I will be working on the artists to include whose work centers around the thesis of De-Natured Abstraction.

I will also be the juror for the Red Heat annual exhibition at the University of Tulsa. The exhibition is open to all ceramic artists from the United States and I will jury the work to be included in the exhibition this coming May. The exhibition opens in Sept. 2012.

My work "Five Stack Cake" 2011, was recently purchased by the Fuller Museum in Boston Massachusetts for their permanent collection.
Here are some pics from last night at the EVERLAST opening @ Art+Cayce. The work will be up through Nov. 28th, 1329 State Street, Columbia, SC, across from Brookland Cayce High School. Gallery hours M-F 1-4 or by appointment.

The show opening is Friday, Nov. 11, from 6-9pm @ Art + Cayce - 1329 State St., Columbia, SC - across from BC High School.

Virginia is working on slipcast pieces for the collaborative show EVERLAST - which will be opening @ Art + Cayce, Columbia, SC - November 11, 2011.

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Confucius Institute to hold symposium on Chinese ceramic art


Learn about the art and history of Chinese ceramics at a symposium Oct. 13 at the University of South Carolina.

After a morning workshop, the symposium will feature a series of afternoon presentations at McKissick Museum and an evening lecture at McMaster.

All events are free and open to the public.

“This symposium, which follows ‘Eye to the East,’ a large show of Chinese ceramics, which was on display in 2009 at the Columbia Museum of Art and sponsored by the Confucius Institute, presents the best scholarship on Chinese ceramic art in the history of South Carolina,” said Dr. Tan Ye, director of the Confucius Institute.

Ye said people who attend will leave with a rich understanding of the ancient traditions, artistry and influence of Chinese ceramics, including pottery and porcelain.

The daylong event will begin with a workshop and ceramics demonstration by Jiansheng Li, a ceramic artist from Jindezhen, China, and Gary Erickson, a ceramics professor at Macalester College, from 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in McMaster College, Room 103.

Afternoon sessions will be from 3 – 6 p.m. on the museum’s first floor and will feature presentations on the tradition and history of Chinese ceramics and how to authenticate them. The schedule includes:

·         “Authenticating Chinese Porcelain” by Xinyu Shen, senior research fellow at the Hangzhou Historical Museum;

·         “Lost Art: The Ceramics of Xixia Kingdom” by Tian Hang, an artist and historian of Chinese ceramic art;

·         “The Art of Porcelain Capital Jingdezhen” by Li;

·         “Jingdezehn and Me” by Erickson; and

·         “Ceramic Art in Taiwan” by Virginia Scotchie.

B.J Zhang, a Chinese artist and USC graduate student in art, will share his views on contemporary Chinese art in a presentation at 8:15 p.m. in McMaster College. His talk is titled “Modern Art in China and Me.”

An exhibit of Southern pottery influenced by Chinese ceramic traditions will be on display in the second floor of McKissick Museum. Included will be examples of the alkaline-glazed stoneware tradition from Edgefield along with master works from the Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.

The Chinese Ceramic Art symposium is co-sponsored by USC’s Confucius Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of art. For more information, contact Sandra Sabo in the Confucius Institute at 803-777-7660 or via email at

USC is the first research university in South Carolina to establish a Confucius Institute (CI) in collaboration with the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Education. For more information about the CI, its programs and events, visit the website:
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