Vice Versa: 01

Collaborating Artists: Toni Lovejoy and de’Angelo Dia
Title: Sacred Stories

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 19
7 – 9 pm / Performance starts at 7:30 pm

Location: Free Range Brewing

Artists’ Statement:

What is sacred? Is it our congregations, mosques, temples, Renaissance paintings, hymns, scriptures, and stained glass windows? Or does sacred include the universal search for truth, family, oral history, abandoned places, or the mundane tasks of life? The concept of sacred in the hands of humanity can be a divisive tool that hinders the progressive nature of life and unity. Through Sacred Stories, artists Toni Lovejoy and de’Angelo Dia attempt to redefine what sacred means through photography, video installations, and poetry.

Artists’ Bios:

Toni Lovejoy (@mynameis.lovejoy) is an African American artist based in Charlotte, NC. Raised by a renowned American Western Artist and educated at Colorado Institute of Art, she’s been creating images for over 30 years. Known for her Girl in the Red Beret series based on loss, Lovejoy has been inspired by the works of Turner, Monet, and Renoir, in her landscape work and more recently, the work of Carrie Mae Weems. She began her career as a photojournalist in Iowa photographing sports, then fashion and editorial work in Australia. After moving to the States in the 80s to continue her fashion work, she interned for a celebrity photographer in Arizona, before beginning to work in the film and commercial world. Later in her career, Lovejoy switched from film to digital and began exploring landscape photography influenced by Ansel Adams. In 2013, Lovejoy took a year off to travel and camp in all 50 states with her ten-year-old daughter, creating the series Seeing the Face of God. She’s most recently been experimenting with alternative processes and showing her most recent series, A Citizen of No Nation.

de’Angelo Dia (@1518dia) uses photography, performance art, and creative writing to investigate public opinion and contemporary beliefs in order to catalyze dialogue around and public concern for cultural, social-political, and theological issues. Dia has studied art in Athens, Greece, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Nairobi, Kenya. He received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and Sociology from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary. His artistic influences include ethno-gothic literature, street art, and neo-Appalachian art. Dia is an alumni artist-in-residence of the McColl Center For Art + Innovation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (Artist Roundtable). Currently he is working on his first full manuscript of poetry titled We Only See Each Other at Funerals and Weddings. He is also a member of the Goodyear Arts collective.

Vice Versa is a quarterly event held by The Light Factory that is focused on providing opportunities for local artists, promoting artistic collaboration, and presenting work that engages various Charlotte communities. By combining photography with another art form, two collaborators will create work to be presented in a one-night pop-up experience that will take place in different locations throughout the Queen City. The program encourages experimentation and innovation between the two collaborative artists, and each Vice Versa presentation will include a conversation between the artists and a Q&A with the audience.

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Toni Lovejoy

de’Angelo Dia