Dugg Dugg: the newest addition to NoDa’s art scene
Posted on 15 Apr 2009 by Liz Barrett
video: Justin Ruckman; watch this video on Vimeo
It was the first warm weather Gallery Crawl of the year and the streets of NoDa were alive with people streaming in and out of galleries, bars and shops. Yet, it wasn’t until I got to Dugg Dugg, a new gallery, opening that very night, where I found the most energy and excitement. Entering into what seems to be an old mill, I walked up the stairwell, into a sprawling warehouse and immediately thought: this is the space all other galleries in NoDa wish they were.
In just two weeks, Andrea Brown and Iris Williamson, young twenty-somethings, transformed this neglected warehouse space, overcoming an inch of dust on the ground, rust-covered toilets and gaping holes in the floor that looked into the laundry mat below. The end result was an unpolished, edgy art space crawling with art-lovers and hipsters sipping wine and enjoying art and conversation on Dugg Dugg’s opening night.
As written on their blog, Dugg Dugg is:
“(…) committed to promoting contemporary art in Charlotte by featuring both emerging local artists and respected visiting artists. We aim to be a strong catalyst in bringing Charlotte communities together through diversity, innovation, and experimentation. Through Dugg Dugg, we hope ideas will sprout up, minds will open, and Charlotte will become a stronger presence within the contemporary art world.”
It is the presence of the local emerging artists that gives this space an air of excitement. From photography, to sculpture, oil paintings, performance pieces and video art, most of the young artists are making bold statements without fear. Andrea, co-owner with Iris, has very little self-interest in this venture, instead wanting to create a platform for her contemporaries to showcase their work under a structure that allows the artists to keep most proceeds from a sale. This in turn, means they are very happy to accept donations.
Opening night was their trial run and it wasn’t until a few days later that they signed a full year lease. We’re thrilled to see what they do over the next year, because we’re sure it’ll be something you can’t easily find in Charlotte. So, visit Dugg Dugg and support the local arts.
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photos: James Willamor; view these photos on Flickr