February 2020 | Jeff Whetstone "Night Cast"
10 min 27 sec
Where I am from there is no horizon. The close hills and veiling trees contain your vision in a viscous, intricate texture. The dense terrain coddles you. For some, it smothers.
Out West, out of my element, I feel exposed. But the desert's emptiness, its succinct horizon, clarifies thought. Space laid bare seems to make time stand still. How is my identity structured by my native landscape? How tied am I to the land, subconsciously?
Night Cast is part one in a three-part series of videos that explores the relationship between people and their native landscape. The structure of Night Cast uses the strategies of popular reality and documentary programs that portray rural people. Like a documentary observer, I film the outdoorsmen while they hunt through the woods, then I interview them about their experiences. Night Cast diverges from the reality show/documentary approach and avoids realistic narratives that are often a conduit for oversimplified representation, or stereotyping, of a subject. Night Cast inquires into the abstract nature of these men's experiences and thoughts, where vulnerability rests comfortably with masculinity. Their familiar landscape is likewise abstracted to create a groundless dark stage intermittently pierced by theatrical light.
The Green World is a term used to describe the settings of Shakespeare's plays where the human relationship to nature is an important theme. In Mid-Summer Night's Dream, set in the green world, characters leave behind the constraints of reality and are liberated to explore new, transformative ways of seeing and being. Characters find escape from the practical narratives of civilized existence. Night Cast examines characters in a transformed narrative set in the not-so-green world. It is not mid-summer, but mid-winter. Our character's soliloquy is not about the comical strategies of love, but the vulnerable and dark corners of masculinity.
Jeff Whetstone was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been photographing and writing about the relationship between humans and their environment since he received a Zoology degree from Duke University in 1990. Whetstone received his MFA in photography from Yale University in 2001, and since then his work has been exhibited internationally. In 2007, Whetstone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a body of photographs entitled New Wilderness. The following year he received the first Factor Prize for Southern Art. Since 2008, his work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker Magazine, Time Out New York, Village Voice, and Art News, just to name a few. He is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Whetstone first exhibited his video work in 2011 when his experimental narrative short, On the Use of a Syrinx, premiered at the Moving Image Festival in New York. Whetstone is a 2012 recipient of a North Carolina Arts Fellowship in film and is Professor and Head of Photography at Princeton University. His work is in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum, the New York Public Library Collection, the North Carolina Museum, the Nelson Adkins Museum, the Nasher Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Friday February 14, 2020 6-9pm (one night only)
Attic 506 (studios above Local 506)
506 Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC
Also on view in the lobby at oneoneone
December 2019 | George Jenne "Word Dump"
color HD video with sound
9 min 5 sec
Friday December 13, 2019 6-9pm (one night only)
November 2019 | Rachele Riley "The Evolution of Silence"
The Evolution of Silence (Annie Scanner ASC)
Video w/ sound
Rachele Riley has been recognized both by the AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards (2017) and The Webby Awards (Official Honoree in NetArt) (2014) for her multimedia piece, The Evolution of Silence; and by Communication Arts Magazine for her logo design for Holler (2018). She has received grants from the DigitalGlobe Foundation, USA Projects Open Match Fund, and through faculty research funding from University of North Carolina Charlotte, The University of the Arts, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Her works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad—at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI (2017) and at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden (2015). Other international exhibitions have been at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada (2014) and at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK (2013). She presents her work nationally and internationally, recently at CUMULUS: The Virtuous Circle in Milan, Italy (June 2015) and as a participant in the Mapping Ephemeralities workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015).
She is currently Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She holds a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005), a Vordiplom from Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle (Germany) (2001), and a BS from New York University (1994).
October 2019 | Amanda Barr "Faceless FaceTime"
Video w/ sound
*Additional production credits include: Jerstin Crosby, Lauren Johnson, Mac McCaughan, Nick Senese, Matt Byron
People are detached and lonely and communicate through interwebs looking for kinship. Here we have insecure characters separated trying to connect and find an answer. Each being in the world is tiny in the community of spirits, disconnected in any personal way but connected through media in our current existence.
Amanda Barr was born in Ashland, Oregon. She received a BFA from RISD in 1996. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and locally at CAM, Lump, and Light Art + Design. She works with all mediums including costume design and clay. Amanda is an artist who supports the arts not only curating art exhibitions and creative events in her community at her art space My Room, she also runs an artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico called Obracadobra.
September 2019 | Bill Thelen "nobody's home"
Video w/ sound, 52min
nobody's home features the found footage of Gregory Askins, a tenant of mine who passed away in 2003 from complications due to AIDS. Mr. Askins lived in my attic apartment with his beloved dog FiFi. During the last year of his life he never left the apartment and would not receive visitors. He would leave a list of the things he needed by sliding it under my door. After he died, I found this video along with artwork, a detailed diary and various ephemera after cleaning out his apartment. Sadly, no one claimed his belongings. - Bill Thelen
Bill Thelen is an artist, curator, and educator based in Raleigh. He is a highly collaborative creator whose works are a mix of drawing, painting, sculpture, and video. His work has been featured in two Nasher Museum exhibitions, Southern Accents and Area 919. He is founder and director of the gallery and collective Lump, in Raleigh, and holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
August 2019 | Out of office reply
Closed for August. See you next month.
July 2019 | Olivia Ciummo "We All Carry With Us Our Mothers"
We Carry With Us Our Mothers
Video w/ sound, 4:49m
I thought we’d all be laughing at ourselves
but we’re taken by ourselves
it’s all undifferentiated
Planetary events, and blood red landscapes blend with ethereal sounds as text leaves clues about floating away. Shot in Los Angeles County, CA. Sound recorded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Catskills, NY.
Olivia Ciummo, is a filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles. Over the last decade she has exhibited at museums, film festivals, galleries, universities, backyards and cultural centers, both nationally and abroad. Her moving image work has screened at venues such as The Museum of Modern Art – NYC, The Pittsburgh Biennial, Museum of Portimão- Portugal, Media City Film Festival- Windsor, Crossroads Film Festival- San Francisco, Cairo Video Festival - Egypt, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and The Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas. She holds all the essential degrees for art making and runs a studio out of her home making ceramics, moving images, and other 2-D situations.
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.
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