The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City opened in September 2011. Curated by Director of Galleries Crista Cammaroto, the gallery presents major exhibitions and installations by national and international artists and distinguishes itself by presenting inter-disciplinary "happenings" in conjunction with exhibitions throughout the year. For an overview of past exhibitions, please see the Press Book.
About the CoA+A Gallery System
The mission of the College of Arts + Architecture gallery system is to create lively forums in which the curious encounter the work of global, regional, and local artists through diverse media and dynamic exchanges that are nourished by the intellectual and creative life of the university. Our programming will echo crossovers of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and dance inherent to the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. We seek to provide a haven for experimentation, to invigorate the environments we occupy, and to amplify the means to engage art and design in our community.
Sustain Me Baby
March 28-June 26
Opening Reception Friday, March 28, 6-8 pm
The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City presents Sustain Me Baby, March 25-June 26. Combining the work of two artists in different media, Sustain Me Baby examines the danger of plastics we cannot recycle.
Joyce Dallal’s “The Other Toy Story” is a 10-foot tall trash-receptacle “baby” that is “fed” during the opening reception and throughout the exhibition with plastic toys. While the giant baby, which can hold several hundred pounds of toys, evokes a sense of play, it also illustrates through scale that the waste we leave behind today will be a massive problem for the next generation. Mine., a video about our attachment to toys by John Flynn, will screen continuously in the gallery.
Surrounding this centerpiece installation will be powerful images from Chris Jordan’s Midway series. The Midway Atoll lies in the northern Pacific Ocean, more than 2,000 miles from the coasts of Asia and North America. Jordan visited the islands some three years ago to photograph dead baby albatrosses, whose stomachs bear the remains of plastics fed to them by their parents, who mistake the trash for food. “Choked to death on our waste,” writes Jordan, “the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.”
Sustain Me Baby is part of KEEPING WATCH, a three-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups to engage the public in matters of local sustainable issues. Developed by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in partnership with the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, KEEPING WATCH connects community partners and projects to raise awareness and inspire action around three local environmental issues: plastic waste and recycling (KEEPING WATCH on PLASTICS, 2014), water quality and urban streams (KEEPING WATCH on CREEKS, 2015), and air quality and the value of trees (KEEPING WATCH on AIR, 2016). For information, please visit www.keepingwatch.org.
The opening reception for Sustain Me Baby on Friday, March 28, includes conversations with the artists and a live performance of original choreography by Mark Diamond, performed by members of the North Carolina Dance Theatre second company (NCDT2). Commissioned by the Projective Eye Gallery, designer Erica Diamond has created the dance costumes from recycled products. The public is asked to bring an old toy to “feed the baby.”
In addition, three miniature “baby” receptacles will collect plastic toys in alternate locations: One receptacle will be installed at Discovery Place; one will travel to various locations on the UNC Charlotte campus; and one will travel to various locations throughout the city of Charlotte.
The gallery will host related programming throughout the run of the exhibition. Read more.
This exhibition was made possible, in part, with funding from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.