Projective Eye Gallery, Fall 2019

Noelle Mason: X-Ray Vision vs Invisibility
August 16 – October 1
Reception: September 20, 6-8:30 pm

X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility is a body of work about the phenomenological effects of vision technologies on the social perception of undocumented immigrants. This project reforms images from U.S. Border Patrol into hand-made objects - cyanotypes, hand-woven tapestry rugs, and embroidered cotton – to expose how technologies such as backscatter, x-ray, sonic, thermal, and digital imaging recycle Cartesian modes of viewing that reinforce a neocolonial social and political relationship with Mexico. 

Noelle Mason is an associate professor of art at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She is also the co-founder and curator of Parallelogram Gallery (Tampa) and CUNSTHAUS (Tampa). She earned her MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Studio Art from the University of California Irvine. In 2004, she was awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has been the recipient of the South Arts Southern Prize (2017), Florida Prize in Contemporary Art (2016), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Artist Grant (2013), among others.

Weird Mothers, a window gallery installation by Jason Watson
September 23 – December 13
UNC Charlotte Center City window gallery

Jason Watson is a mixed-media artist and educator whose studio practice combines interests in fractured figures, found objects, and fragments of text and patter as visual materials that both reveal and conceal elusive layers of meaning. His work has been shown at galleries, universities, and non-profit spaces including the drawing installation Q, at the Mint Museum, the group exhibition Following Threads at the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, the contemporary drawing survey Line, Touch, Trace at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and more recently in the exhibition A New Mark at the UNC Charlotte Rowe Gallery.

Weird Mothers is Watson’s latest design installation and includes drawings, paintings, collage, and found objects to connect various reference from popular culture, literature, and history – from Macbeth, to Mommy Dearest, to the first empress of Rome. The installation will be on view in the front window exhibition space at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography
October 10 – December 10
Reception: october 10, 6-8 pm

Azadeh Akhlaghi, Gohar Dashti, Shadi Ghadirian, Babak Kazemi, Abbas Kowsari, Ali Nadjian and Ramyar Manouchehrzadeh, Newsha Tavakolian

This group exhibition seeks to convey the variety of ways in which decades of political unrest and social upheaval have impacted the Iranian people through a mix of documentary photography, portraiture and fine art photography. Moving through urban and rural locales, the exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to set aside the stereotypical, mediated imagery of Iran and enter directly into the worlds of artists who have lived and worked in the country. Many of the images featured in the exhibition have not previously been displayed in the United States. This exhibition is produced by Candlestar, a cultural consultancy based in London and is curated by Fariba Farshad, Director of Candlestar.