Alex Waggoner - SLOW
In her latest body of work, Alex Waggoner explores the ever-changing streetscape of downtown Charleston, SC. As the city continues to undergo massive development projects, the historic charm of this coastal peninsula has adopted a new identity, one comprised of multistory apartment dwellings and franchised businesses moving into the blocks once occupied by family-owned shops and restaurants. Streets have become lined with retroreflective barriers, chainlink fences, and a plethora of signs announcing “SIDEWALK CLOSED” or “DETOUR AHEAD.”
Waggoner’s paintings explore these scenes of the city’s physical reconstruction, while also providing an ode to the landmark buildings that now serve as backdrops to the development taking place; a new vision of Charleston emerging right before our eyes.