April 20th, 2010


Columbia, S.C.  – May 6th will be the 3rd annual Urban Tour and Frame of Mind will be keeping with its tradition of 1st Thursday art shows by featuring Columbia native Susan Haynsworth (within the festivities).

                Susan has returned from the wilds of New Mexico and Hawaii to share her latest collage series, “Strata”, meaning “to layer”, in Italian.
The collages are made up of vintage 1950’s advertising images that have been enlarged, torn, and re-assembled, creating layers of vibrant color, textures, and shapes. The effect has been compared to disintegrating film stills, or billboards that have been exposed to the elements. The iconic images used to sell products remain, and the viewer can have the feeling that they are looking through a tattered veil into the past that has created our present. Much of this process for Haynsworth, however, was about playing with color, or “painting” with the paper.
Haynsworth grew up in a household where her graphic designer father was frequently studying design and advertising imagery, looking beneath the surface. This has given her a unique perspective, and a fascination with the aesthetic and social implications of advertising media. Haynsworth says, “This was a time when the whole American paradigm was changing. The “American Dream” was being created, and that has remained the model ever since. It’s an interesting time right now in America because many people are re-thinking that model.
It begs the question: Are we a reflection of advertising, or is it a reflection of us?

As an extension of the art portion of the Urban Tour,  Anastasia & Friends (a new gallery space in the foyer of the Free Times building) will be open to highlight its recent display “the funny show” (featured artists are Anastasia Chernoff, Mike Krajewski, Billy Guess, Woodie Wentworth, and Mallane Stanbury).

Also, Third Eye Lounge will be a one night display/experience in the Silver’s Building.  Featured artists are Lyon Hill, Thomas Crouch, Preach Jacobs, Thomas Hammond, Sammy Lopez, Dre Lopez and music by DJ Goldfinger.  As an added treat, Dre Lopez and Lyon Hill will be premiering “The Third Eye Man”, their original short shadow puppet show.

Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 4pm and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.

You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling (803)988-1065 or via email at

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