The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City presents works by Noelle Mason in X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility, August 16 through October 1, with a reception September 20.
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, FL. 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.
Image: Coyotaje (Los Bananos), 2008, hand embroidered cotton