Redux is presenting a new group exhibition featuring five American photographers who challenge the nature of truth as documented by the photograph.

"The Constructed Image" exhibition will explore works made by these contemporary photographers: Luis Gispert, Daniel Gordon, Lori Nix, Chris Scarborough and Nathan Baker.

Each of these "artists employs digital manipulation, traditional photographic manipulation or the use of models and sets to create a new photographic reality. Each artist calls into question how truth is recorded and conveyed to the viewer through imagery, and the subsequent effect of constructed imagery in contemporary society," says Executive Director Seth Curcio.

This impressive collection of images is obviously backed by a long list of accolades that each of these phenomenal photographers has received. Here's a quick view at the caliber of photographers who will contribute to "The Constructed Image."

--Photographer, filmmaker and sculptor Luis Gispert completed a double solo exhibition with Zach Feuer Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery in New York City this year. The Whitney Museum in New York City recently selected work from his latest series, "El Mundo Es Tuyo" ("The World is Yours") for their permanent collection. His work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and in exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art, London; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Germany and MoCA, Shanghai. A survey exhibition of his work will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami in 2008. Gispert lives and works in Brooklyn.

--Bending the line between truth and illusion, artist Lori Nix creates fictional worlds from small dioramas that seem to exist on a grand scale. Nix has exhibited widely across the nation and is repressed by Randall Scott Gallery in Washington D.C., Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles; G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle; Miller Block Gallery, Boston, and ClampArt in New York City. Nix was featured in this month's edition of Wired Magazine.

--Daniel Gordon is a New York City-based artist and recent graduate of the Yale University School of Art. Gordon has exhibited with Zach Feuer Gallery in New York City, GroeflinMaag Gallery, Basel, Switzerland; and the Angstrom Gallery in Dallas. The artist uses photographic sources as sculptural material, which he then constructs and rephotographs for presentation.

--Chris Scarborough works in intricate detail, pixel by pixel, reconstructing and distorting his subjects' faces and bodies according to the tropes of Japanese manga or anime, examining ideas related to cuteness, beauty and perfection. Scarborough has exhibited with TAG Gallery in Nashville, Gescheidle in Chicago and Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta. He has a forthcoming exhibition titled "Warbabies" with the Foley Gallery in New York City.

--Nathan Baker attended both Kendall College of Art & Design and Columbia College in Chicago. His work, which often involves complex sets, offers a voyeuristic perspective, which offers the viewer the spectacle of watching another in the thrall of a particular experience. Baker has exhibited with the Randall Scott Gallery in Washington D.C., Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Ore., and the Schneider Gallery in Chicago.

"The Constructed Image" will be on display until June 7 at Redux, 136 St. Philip St. For more information, call 722-0697 or visit www.reduxstudios.org.

'Landscape of Slavery'

The Gibbes Museum of Art has organized a groundbreaking exhibition, "Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art," to offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of plantation images in the American South.

The traveling exhibition was on view at the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville, Va., and will now be at the Gibbes through Aug. 3.

Todd D. Smith, director of special projects for the Gibbes, explains the inspiration for the exhibition: "The mission of the Gibbes is to tell the story of the visual culture of the South and the plantation has been, and still continues to be, a defining characteristic of the history and present state of the region. The museum's collection includes several important works related to the subject, and we were inspired to lead an effort to unravel the realities and fictions that surround the subject matter."

Curated by Angela D. Mack, the museum's deputy director for curatorial affairs, the exhibition features more than 100 paintings, works on paper, photographs, mixed-media and installation works. The three venues each offer a unique installation and presentation of objects, and a complete list of objects in the exhibition is available at www.gibbesmuseum.org.

The art comes through the eyes of a range of artists such as Eastman Johnson, Winslow Homer, William Aiken Walker, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, John Biggers, Edwin Harleston, Carrie Mae Weems and Kara Walker.

"Landscape of Slavery" examines depictions of plantations, plantation views and related slave imagery in the context of the history of landscape painting in America.

Visit the museum at 135 Meeting St., call it at 722-2706, or visit online at www.gibbesmuseum.org for more information.

Local glassblower

Local glassblower Michael Barnett just recently opened Ganesh Glass, Charleston's only "hot shop" (another name for a glassblowing studio). Opening the shop has been a childhood dream of Barnett's and with hard work, a supportive family and seven years of experience, the artist finally made it happen. Ganesh Glass is named for one of the Hindu gods — Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles and patron of Arts and Sciences.

When asked what drew him to glassblowing, Barnett said, "Working with glass is ever changing, constantly evolving and making me change and evolve with each new piece." His contemporary creations are an outstanding display of shapes, colors and techniques, and each is a one of a kind piece.

Ganesh Glass' work is being displayed at Ellis Nicholson Gallery, 1.5 Broad St. and select pieces can also be seen online at www.ganeshglass.com. To commission a custom piece, receive details on upcoming glass demonstrations or receive more information in general, e-mail info@ganeshglass.com or call 327-3291.

Brownie Harris

Throughout his career, photographer Brownie Harris has focused on people and what they do.

Whether he is photographing the luminaries of our time, from presidents to movie stars, or ordinary people at work in factories and on farms, his goal is to show the dignity of his subjects. His work illustrates how he approaches all his subjects with the same respect.

The challenge of finding and showing hidden beauty in the working world drew Harris to corporate photography.

Even when the location has nothing to offer, Harris is often able to build a picture that tells a story.

See his work and listen to him tell his own story at the Center for Photography's free "Second Monday Lecture Series with Brownie Harris" on Monday at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.center4photography.com, or call 577-0647.

Also check out www.brownieharris.com.

'Vernacular Emanation'

Sparks Studio and Gallery is presenting the works of Stephanie Stovall, Jeremy Merreigh and Daniel B. McSweeney. "Vernacular Emanation" will have an opening reception Saturday 6-9 p.m.

An artist originating from Oklahoma, Stephanie Stovall's works are obsessive and derivative of space, line and form. The focus of her art is to pull together abstract spaces with sharp contrasting lines, hoping that the viewer will play with interpretation. To Stovall, they are each their own moment, story and captured sequence of things seen. From looking at buildings to seeing the dispersed gravel, every shape and form comes from real life and comes together in either an organic or mechanical structure.

Jeremy Merreigh left home at the age of 16 and traveled the states, finding shelter wherever he hung his hat. Merreigh then joined a punk band that decided to make the move to Charleston. After months of living in his car, Merreigh moved in with his girlfriend (now wife) and began delving in photography and screen-printing. He fell in love with screen-printing and has since shown at Print Studio South and Charleston Art and Design. Merreign strives for work that is accessible to the public.

Daniel McSweeney is a local contemporary sculptor/potter whose work ranges from functional pottery to abstract sculpture. He is the founder and owner of Spark Studios and Gallery, which will be holding its two-year anniversary this June. McSweeney attended the Kansas City Art Institute, and his work can be seen around Charleston and in the past April edition of Charleston Magazine.

Join this crew for their opening Saturday at Sparks Studio and Gallery, 12 Hagood Ave.

For more information, call 817-1937 or e-mail sparkcharleston@yahoo.com.