New Redux exhibit to explore ‘Void’

Artwork by Sinisa Kukec will be featured in the solo exhibit “From Void to Void” at Redux Contemporary Art Center.

Whenever an exhibit is described as a “contemporary psychedelic melodrama,” it’s one I have to see because likely it means an artist is striving for meaning.

Whether the meaning comes across to the viewer is always up for interpretation. Plus, it’s the summer doldrums, so excitement in the arts is welcome.

The new exhibit opening Aug. 10 at Redux Contemporary Art Center is “From Void to Void,” a solo exhibition by Sinisa Kukec.

He describes his work this way: “Whenever I have an opportunity to do a solo exhibition, I perceive the space as a terrain or otherworldly experience. Maybe it’s an opportunity for you to crawl around in my head and see what that looks like or meet some of the characters who are there.”

He uses big, bright, shiny objects made from recycled found objects, including trashed furniture, and repurposes them to create a dream world for the viewer.

In conjunction with Art After Dark, the opening night will include an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., visitors will experience Theatre Marvelosa, an international troupe that is “part circus, dance troupe and rock opera starburst.” Also starring with the troupe is Libraries and PJ Party Dad.

The experiential portion of the evening is $5 for members of Redux and $10 for nonmembers.

Redux is at 136 St. Philip St., and the exhibit will be on view until Sept. 20. Call 722-0697 or go to reduxstudios.org.

The Indie Grants program of the South Carolina Film Commission has announced more than $29,000 in grants for three projects in our area that will receive funding, production and creative support from experienced film professionals and film students from Trident Technical College in Charleston.

The Indie Grants program is a joint partnership between the South Carolina Film Commission and the film school at Trident Technical College. Each project will provide two to three students with hands-on training with the filmmakers and other film production professionals.

Grants like these provide the seed money for young filmmakers to get projects done. This marks the fourth year of the program.

“Conversations” is an animated film by Charleston director Ayala Asherov featuring a dialogue between animated visual images with an original composition performed by an orchestra. The film will explore the lack of face-to-face communication between people in society today because of modern technology.

Director Mills Allison of the Isle of Palms is working on “Dig,” a drama about four graduate students attempting to expose an 1871 conspiracy. A love affair ended in murder, and the students attempt to reconnect the slain lovers to uncover the truth.

In “La Nanita,” a defense attorney’s good intention backfires after he fights to defend a woman on trial for the death of her son. Georgetown’s DeShantell Singleton is directing this drama.

For more about the grants and the film commission, go to www.filmsc.com.

Last year, Barbara Gray finally admitted that she was the mystery woman kissing Elvis in one of the sexiest photos in rock ’n’ roll.

The year was 1956 and they were in Richmond, Va., right before Elvis’ famous appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Her identity had been a source of speculation for years with Elvis fans before Gray’s article in “Vanity Fair.”

But Gray, now a real estate agent in Charleston, has never attended Elvis week or been to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

Now, she is going as a minor celebrity. She will be at the Collecting the King Memorabilia Show at the Peabody Hotel on Aug. 12-15. She will get to meet eager fans.

And then the second event is at Graceland on Aug. 15, where she and Al Wertheimer, the photographer, are special guests. Priscilla Presley is also coming to the event, so there’s an added thrill.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death, and organizers expect it to be the biggest Elvis Week ever.

Go to www.elvis.com/elvis week.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@ postandcourier.com.