Jarod Charzewski and Loul Samater


Currently on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina are two new installations by artists Jarod Charzewski and Loul Samater.

Occupying nearly the entire second floor of the gallery space is Scarp, an installation by Jarod Charzewski comprised of what appears to be thousands of neatly folded items of clothing. The carefully organized mass of clothing replicates a geological formation with exposed strata and reveals a synthetic and fabricated history. Charzewski received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota and has since exhibited internationally with shows at Ace Art Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada and Trisolini Gallery in Athens, Ohio.

On the main floor of the gallery Loul Samater has created Diving Dunce, an environment that seems to reference a party with a mass of glitter and tinsel enclosed in an entirely pink room. The series of painterly sculptures which occupy the gallery are mysterious and seem to exist in early stages of decay. The viewer is left to question if they have suddenly become a participant or has the celebration already ended. Samater received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.