After graduating from UNC in 1998, Andrew Ross was active in the Chapel Hill arts community for nearly a decade, working as a commercial photographer and photographic artist. He also served on served on the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. Various jobs took him around the world as he taught photography to hundreds of university students. Now, Andrew’s career comes full circle with his new exhibition in February at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.
Andrew moved back to town in May 2018 following a diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He decided that in order to make the most of his time and talents by sharing his art and supporting a cause that is near to his heart. All of the proceeds from the exhibition and auction on February 10 will go to benefit the North Carolina Chapter of the ALS Association, which Andrew hopes will help advance research to find a cure for ALS.
The disease has taken his ability to walk, talk and survive on his own, which is why Andrew considers his art to be an escape from reality now more than ever. He says his work captures “intimate windows into an unreal world that we may dream to enter with the hopes of leaving our troubles, confusion and chaos behind.” His art focuses on the themes of isolation, perception and recording one’s familiar surroundings to return to and study at a later time. The public will have the opportunity to bid on some of his life work including more than sixty framed and unframed original and pre-print images ranging in size from 11″ x 17″ to 40″ x 48″.
The event will take place at the CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio on Sunday, February 10, 2-5 p.m. For more information, click here.