A collaborative two-part exhibition presented by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture & The Light Factory. In a time when mass imagery is more often a quick superficial surveillance of self and other, the power of perspective, context, and a deeper interpretation has never been more needed. Perspective has always been a means to intensify an image, raising issues about vantage point and voyeur. Through experimental film and immersive optical installation, the two-part exhibition Heightened Perspectives offers the idiosyncratic heightened perspectives of two-lens based artists, Phil Solomon and Ethan Jackson.
HEIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE 1
Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City
September 16 – November 30
Opening Reception, September 16, 6-8 pm
Experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon’s American Falls, originally commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, blends found footage from documentary and Hollywood film with film of the rushing waters of Niagara Falls, creating a powerful metaphoric landscape. Projected on the 22-foot gallery wall, American Falls celebrates moving reticulation around gesture, both human and natural.
“’American Falls’ invokes the specter of a nation whose present unraveling is all too rooted in its history ..." - Paul Roth, former senior curator of photography and media arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Ethan Jackson works with light, optics, and images, producing immersive optical installations and still and moving imagery about place and perception. His site-specific optical installation at Projective Eye will create a wall of subtle light on the gallery window facing 9th Street. Pools of color, each reflecting aspects of the world outside the gallery, will build a complex and ever-evolving natural mural, in real time.
HEIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE 2
The Light Factory
November 18 – January 6, 2017
Opening Reception, November 18, 6-9 pm
Installation artist and photographer Ethan Jackson will project video into the front and back rooms of The Light Factory exhibition space, transforming all four walls into slowly moving landscapes. Phil Solomon’s experimental film Twilight Psalm II: Walking Distance will bisect these two video installations. Reviewing the film for The New York Times in 1999, Stephen Holden wrote, “Mr. Solomon's supremely lyrical ‘Psalm’ imagines a movie extracted from a rusted medieval film can left over from the Bronze Age. What unfolds on the screen suggests an ancient abstract painting encrusted with rust and sand, behind which human faces half-form and disappear, suggesting eons of time and civilizations rising and falling.”
Positioning the Splendid: Brent Skidmore & Robert Campbell
December 14 – February 17, 2017
Opening Reception, January 13, 2017
Sculptor and craft educator Brent Skidmore is a professor in the Department of Art & Art History at UNC Asheville. His carefully balanced sculptural objects and furniture pieces defy gravity, exposing the precariousness and fragility of life. Robert (Bobby) Campbell, associate professor of graphic design at UNC Charlotte, is a painter and designer who recasts the overwhelming stimulus of today’s popular culture into tightly woven vector images on plastic, with which he creates wall-size installations of tumbling shapes. Both artists present splendid moments of action, repose, and release.
KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT
February 24-April 27, 2017
Opening Reception, February 24, 2017 6:00 to 8:00 pm
The College of Arts + Architecture presents the fourth and final 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.