The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Carolina Living - For a sea­son­long vis­ual arts cal­en­dar, go to: www.char­lot­teob­server.com/ en­ter­tain­ment/arts-cul­ture/ ar­ti­cle217677675.html.

For more than a decade, Raleigh-born, New York-based mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist Jen Ray has been cre­at­ing fic­tional worlds pri­mar­ily in­hab­ited by pow­er­ful women. Work­ing in paint­ing, in­stal­la­tion, sound and per­for­mance, Ray’s works aim to cel­e­brate women while ini­ti­at­ing di­a­logue around gen­der, iden­tity and fem­i­nism (some­times spe­cially re­lated to the South where Ray was born and raised). A grad­u­ate of Winthrop Univer­sity, and boast­ing an im­pres­sive re­sume in­clud­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances in New York, Dal­las, Ber­lin and more, the artist re­turns to the area with a new body of work in her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion at SOCO Gallery. The open­ing of “Vi­rago” is 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20. More op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet the artist in­clude a gallery walk­through at 11 a.m. Feb. 21, and – if you have al­ready signed up for Char­lotte’s Sphere Se­ries – the chance to hear Ray in con­ver­sa­tion with cu­ra­tor Jen Sudul Ed­wards in March as well.

Each week, Grace Cote and Lia New­man of­fer Ob­server read­ers a to-do list on im­mers­ing your­self in vis­ual arts around town. New­man is di­rec­tor/cu­ra­tor of the Van Ev­ery/Smith Gal­leries at David­son Col­lege; Cote is se­nior co­or­di­na­tor at Jer­ald Mel­berg Gallery.

Cour­tesy of Al­bertz Benda Gallery, New York, and SOCO Gallery

Un­ti­tled, 2018, by Jen Ray, in “Vi­rago,” at SOCO.

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