June 2019 | Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown "Amarillo Ramp"
Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown
Super 16mm Film
Amarillo Ramp was Robert Smithson's last art project: he was killed in a plane crash while flying over the Amarillo, Texas site on an aerial survey. The piece was completed posthumously by Nancy Holt and Richard Serra. Though Amarillo Ramp still exists today, the site itself has been transformed. The artificial lake that once surrounded the Ramp has vanished, and the Ramp itself is overgrown with scrub and scattered with cow chips.
Gruffat and Brown explores how Smithson's earthwork constitutes an index of the Anthropocene, a term coined by ecologist Eugene Stoermer and atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen to describe the current geological epoch marked by the unprecedented degree to which human behavior impacts the earth’s ecosystem. Surrounded by the infrastructure of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and set atop the rapidly depleting Ogallala Aquifer, Amarillo Ramp is an observatory where human interventions and land uses and human scales of space and time are set against geological and cosmic scales.
Bill Brown is a media artist interested in ways landscape is interpreted, appropriated, and reconfigured according to human desires, memories, and dreams. His films have screened at venues around the world, including the Rotterdam Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and Lincoln Center in New York. Brown lives in North Carolina and teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Sabine Gruffat is an artist who works with experimental video and animation, media-enhanced performance, participatory public art, and immersive installation. Her experimental and essay films explore how technology, globalization, urbanism, and capitalism affect human beings and the environment. Sabine's films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Migrating Forms in New York. Her feature film I Have Always Been A Dreamer has screened internationally including at the Viennale, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and The Copenhagen
International Documentary Film Festival.
On view [Two Locations]:
Friday June 14, 2019 6-9pm
Attic 506 (studios above Local 506)
506 Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC
Friday June 14th - July 11 10am–6pm
Greenbridge Lobby via oneoneone gallery
601 W. Rosemary St.
Chapel Hill, NC
May 2019 | Conner Calhoun "Palm Readers"
Video w/ Audio
When living in arctic climates the wooly bear caterpillar can live up to fourteen years before turning into a moth. They go through cryogenesis, and freeze themselves until they are ready for bloom, to which they immediately mate and then die. This made me think about puberty in humans, it also made me think about how these worms outlive golden retrievers, or most marriages. An exaggerated sense of time dwells in the Wooly Bear Caterpillar. This video is made from found imagery of people holding the worm in their hand, some of which have wedding rings. Layered on top of each other the images sensually fade into one another while a 13 segmented version of SADE's "No Ordinary Love" plays. Like never-ending foreplay the video slowly inches into its own demise.
Conner Calhoun is a queer, multi-media artist based in Raleigh, NC. They currently work as the Special Event Coordinator at LUMP gallery/projects. They graduated with a BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. They have been awarded the Regional Emerging Artist Residency at Art Space NC (2016), the Leipzig International Artist in Residency Grant (2016), and the Rhodes Family Scholar Award for Mixed Media (2016) and they were recently chosen to be the Artist in Residence at Obracadobra (Oaxaca, Mexico) for the Summer of 2019. Their most recent projects/exhibitions include a solo exhibition, A snake don’t slither it crawls, at Hosting Projects (Los Angeles, CA), and a Two Person Exhibition with Bill Thelen, Soft Power, at My Room (Carrboro NC).
May 10, 2019 6-9PM
April 2019 | David Colagiovanni
March 8, 2019 6-9PM