'Drown then Swim' dives deep into Hussey's expansive work (updated with video)

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Update December 17:

Adam Boozer has posted a cool time lapse video of the 'Drown then Swim' opening reception. The great turn out was more than deserved.

Check it out, it's posted above.

Update December 15:

With the opening of 'Drown then Swim' just one day away, now is a great time to educate yourself on the rich and winding history of Tim Hussey's artistic career.

The exhibit looks back through 10 year of Hussey's work as a painter after he broke from his daily grind in New York as an illustrator. The decade of work led Hussey to the realization that he had to first drown in the ideas of what society wants from you as an artist, find yourself, then really begin to swim.

Charleston City Paper contributor Kinsey Gidick had the chance to get a sneak peek at the decade of works and sit down for an in-depth talk with the artist himself. Her piece works as more of a biography than an article and is very well done.

Go take a read.

Update November 19:

This just in from Hussey himself:

It’s a solo show with over 100 pieces— the film will be showing, Nick Jenkins is writing music just for the opening, the Lee Brothers will be boiling peanuts on the back veranda, Lana and Social will be serving food and drinks, Charleston mag will have a booth there, etc etc.

First reporting:

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the Rebekah Jacob Gallery presents 'Drown then Swim,' a solo exhibition by artist Tim Hussey at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

Here's how the City Gallery describes the upcoming exhibit:

This exhibition at Charleston's City Gallery at Waterfront Park presents the first comprehensive survey of Tim Hussey's work from 1992 to present day, focusing mainly on paintings and drawings produced from 2000 to 2010. 'Drown then Swim,' an installation of more than 75 art works will examine the progression from his early post-commercial illustration years to the more primitive, spontaneous expression of his paintings on canvas, board and paper. Hussey's painting are worlds open to exploration. Forms, color, line and words emerge, recede, and coalesce in layers of imagery and the various materials he uses and manipulates with skill and energy. His creative process fosters the enigmatic juxtapositions and fragmentation of imagery and narratives, including figures, portraits, body parts and handwriting.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, December 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be an artist lecture on Saturday, December 18th, at 6 p.m.

Both events are admission free and open to the public.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is located at 34 Prioleau Street.