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32"x22" pastel on watercolor paper

Growing Up

When I was a child...

Creating art about common people, emotions and ideas is a result of childhood memories. I use images reminiscent of people and places from my youth.  I enjoyed growing up in  rural Dorchester, working and playing with my cousins. The work was hard but my aunt made the time pass quickly by telling us stories  about our parents when they were young. I spent a lot of time around my aunt and other older women in the community. This was due to the end of "Jim Crow Law" and the men were getting jobs at the Charleston shipyard and the paper mill. the stories I heard were both real and made up to convey lessons to my cousins and me. 

Some of my works illustrate, what is now called low country Gullah life.  Elements are included or taken away allowing the viewer to complete the image, by connecting past knowledge with the images, and colors I present. The use of bright colors are used to catch the eye and to engage the viewer. A variety of media; pastels, pencils, dyes, inks and processes including collage and transfer, the application of which vary with the intent of the art work. I prefer to work in series, by subject or theme. The subject or theme of each series of work determines the materials and the processes used to create the work. I prefer not telling a complete story, but instead allow the viewer to complete the story with the knowledge they bring to the piece. Thus being free to observe, analyze, and interpret the works in a personal way, discovering some idea, and emotion which might be new and surprising 


 

2014 MOJA Arts Festival –  

Visual Arts:The 2014 poster image is Wali by South Carolina native, Alvin B. Glen. An exhibition showcasing Glen’s work, on view Alvin B. Glen: Man, Media, Message will be on view at The Art Institute of Charleston throughout the run of the festival.

In addition to the Alvin B. Glen: Man, Media, Message exhibition, running from September 25 through October 30 at The Art Institute, MOJA Visual http://www.charleston-sc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=197&ARC=424


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North Charleston to feature 2 artists

  • By Olivia PoolSpecial to The Post and Courier
  • Mar 5, 2013

Artist Alvin B. Glen will host an opening reception for the exhibit of his newest mixed-media and pastel pieces 6-9 p.m. Friday at The Meeting Place. There also will be an open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

With his show, called “Renditions,” Glen seeks to capture the essence of the Lowcountry as well as some interesting social and spiritual concepts related to his upbringing in rural Dorchester. “I try to encourage the viewer to see familiar subjects in new and sometimes challenging ways,” said Glen.

North Charleston arts coordinator Ann Simmons said, “Seldom are images in fully recognizable environments, as the artist has either included or taken away some element. He calls this idea ‘Surreal-Realism’ and uses this term to describe his works.”

Glen adds, “I prefer not to tell a complete story, but instead allow the viewer to complete the story with the knowledge they bring to the piece.”

The Meeting Place is at 1077 E. Montague Ave. in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Call 740-5854 or email culturalarts@northcharleston.org for information.



Why

 ...my aunt and other older women in the community. This was due to the end of "Jim Crow Law" ...