Event, Exhibition, Project
January 26 – February 27, 2015
Tahoe and Garage Door Galleries at Sierra Nevada College
A group exhibition juried by Amy Franceschini and Russell Dudley. Featuring 20 international artists, the exhibit builds on the conversation of creative problem solving and embodied place that is integral to the new MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at SNC.
Jill Baker & Jonathan Rattner, Kaitlin Bryson, Caroline Clerc, Michael Damm, Livia Daza-Paris, Disorientalism (Katherine Behar & Marianne M. Kim), Cathleen Faubert, Sofia Gavrilova, Oren Goldenberg, Laska Jimsen, Nicole Lavelle & Sarah Baugh, Rita Leduc, Christine Mackey, Elizabeth Moran, Galería Perdida, PlantBot Genetics, John Q, Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta, Lisa Sanditz and Claire Tolan
There Aren’t Enough Words That Can Tell You the Beautiful Condition of the Sky
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“There aren’t words that can tell you the beautiful condition of the sky,” are the words of a 101 year old farmer out on Long Island in Bridgehampton named Richard Hendrickson who has kept a daily log of the weather since July 1, 1930. Every day he sends his findings by phone to the National Weather Service. His weather station consists of a wooden box on tall legs with thermometers inside and a wind gauge and a rain gauge nearby, the latter doubling up as a snow gauge.
“Volunteers like Mr. Hendrikson are important”, explains a Weather Service meteorologist, “because they fill in the fabric of our climatology the right way.”
Hendrickson calls his devote act of paying attention “a service to his country”. He is doing this for a reason, as “a service”. I might venture to say he has been put under a spell by the atmosphere, but he rationalizes this spell as “service” only to keep the neighbors from asking questions.
In the constellation of artists in Embodied Place, a series of provocations are presented. They mirror the devotion of Mr. Hendrickson through a range of modes and media. The works included in this exhibition do not ask for rationalization, they ask questions and expose sustained engagement with place, body and material. New modes of courting invite us to look, feel and act in service of the beautiful condition of the sky.
The exhibition Embodied Place is between this and that, an encampment flickering about, a play of objects seen outside their frames, a mirage materialized
The woman’s figure in the Polaroid peers into an upside-down periscope. Her feet, raised on scaffolding to just above her head’s height, her eyes, still above, look out to the horizon. Her view enters the optical contraption looking out, then looking down, then looking out again at the horizon. Her view is at the exact height it would have been standing on the earth just before climbing the scaffolding.
Her view coalesces into a one- point perspective. She is camping out – there, her body disappeared.
Cub Camp manuals talk of the Point: “To be a point is to be without mass, capable of instantaneous movement – to be noted, mapped, and marked. To earn the privilege of the badge of a point is to maintain responsibility for one’s actions and choices. It is most important to remember that a point is not a thing but a place, a moment.” To be a point is to embody choice. As a point is massless, it is essentially unpredictable. A point chooses and articulates place by its presence and activity.
Thus the embodiment of place is the flickering of points, the articulated terrain in between. It is the space between the objects, between the ideas that generate tension: Land O’ Lakes, smoke signals, and the olfactory residue of missed opportunities. All cozying up.
Opening Reception and Panel Discussion
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Friday, February 27, 2015 6 – 9pm
Holman Arts & Media Center
From 7 – 8:30pm there will be a panel discussion (second floor HAMC) moderated by Amy Franceschini. Panel members include Ignacio Chapela from UC Berkeley, Wendy Baroli of GirlFarm, Geoffrey Holstad and Mary Rothlisberger of Cabin-Time and Jared Stanley, local poet and writer.