The College of Arts + Architecture and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute present a fourth year of KEEPING WATCH, the multi-year initiative addressing local environmental issues through an alliance of art, science, journalism, and community engagement. The topic for 2017 is habitat and the urban dilemma of coexistence with nature. Events and exhibitions will take place through April 27 in and around UNC Charlotte Center City.
Curated by Director of Galleries Crista Cammaroto, the KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT exhibition presents the work of artists who ask us to contemplate the natural world from many perspectives. Photographers Byron Baldwin, Cynthia Cole, Deborah Triplett, Meredith Hebden, Micah Cash, and William Wylie have created diptychs that speak to the relationship between nature and the man-made environment. Delicate sculptural works by Natalie Abrams, mounted to walls on both sides of the gallery, will frame these photographic dichotomies. Both abstract and evocative, they represent the largest surrounding parcels of conserved land on the southern and northern edges of the Charlotte area: Anne Springs Close Greenway and Latta Plantation Nature Preserve.
Jennifer Angus’s insect installations, wrapping around the gallery entrance, recall Victorian wallpaper and remind us that smaller creatures also play an important role in the ecosystem. Weaving folklore and science, Heather Freeman’s colorful digital prints of native wildlife will hang in the Center City building lobby, while the front window case will present collaborative work by Madison Dunaway, Caleb Roenigk, and Terry Thirion, creator of the “Disappearing Frogs Project.”
A significant focus for KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT is to break down the wall between the natural environment and the built environment by bringing the natural world inside the gallery. In monthly rotations, artists Jennifer Angus, Shaun Cassidy, and Alison Donohue will create temporary floor installations using materials found in nature.
KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT is funded by the College of Arts + Architecture with support from the Blumenthal Foundation and media partner WFAE 90.7FM. For a complete list of KEEPING WATCH events and partners, please visit keepingwatch.org.