Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, will have two events marking the opening of a group of four art installations on the Penland campus. The installations are the work of Dan Bailey, Alison Collins, Kyoung Ae Cho, and Anne Lemanski, and they are part of a project called “0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art,” which is a collaboration between Penland School and the North Carolina Museum of Art. The opening events will include a evening slide lecture on Apr. 19 and an afternoon walking tour on Apr. 20, 2013.
On Friday, Apr. 19, the four artists will each make a short slide presentation about their work. They will be joined by Linda Dougherty, the museum’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art, who will give an overview of the project. This event will take place in the Northlight building at Penland at 8pm. On Saturday, Apr. 20 there will be a walking tour of the four installations beginning at 1:30pm. Penland’s director, Jean McLaughlin, will make some introductory remarks at the Pines Portico and then each of the four artists will speak when the group visits their installation. The installations will remain on view through Aug. 31, 2013.
Filmmaker, animator, and photographer Dan Bailey has created a two-part work using time-lapse and low-altitude aerial balloon photography. “Looking Up” is a slow-moving time-lapse video of the sky over Penland. The vantage point is reversed in “Looking Down”, a large printed wall piece that is a collage of photographs of the campus made over many months using a camera attached to a helium balloon.
Alison Collins’s “Temps Perdu” will fill the Dye Shed, a historic log structure at Penland, with hundreds of yards of muslin and hundreds of muslin leaves. On the yardage is text from Marcel Proust’s novel “In Search of Lost Time”. On the leaves are words that refer the things the artist herself has lost. The text is written using a dye Alison made from the rust that collected under some of her steel sculptures.
Anne Lemanski’s “Extirpated” is about animal species that once inhabited this region but have disappeared with no hope of return. The format of Lemanski’s piece is a series of clotheslines suspended between steel supports based on the contour of Kentucky long rifles. Hanging from the lines will be silhouette images of species that have disappeared from Mitchell County.
Kyoung Ae Cho’s “Shining Ground,” memorializes her discovery of mica the first time she visited Penland in 2000. The piece incorporates mica collected from the banks of the Toe River into vertical panels made of cloth, pins, and wood, which will be installed on the outside of the Northlight building. The piece is her attempt to recapture, many years later, the moment of quiet surprise when she first saw the ground covered with the sheen of mica sand.
The other component of the “0 to 60″ project is a major exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. The exhibition, which is open now and runs through Aug. 11, 2013, includes work by the four installation artists along with twenty-eight other artists, many of whom have connections to Penland. This exhibition engages the viewer in an experiential and conceptual journey through time, looking at how time can be used as form, content, and material, and how art is used to represent, evoke, manipulate, or transform time.
For information about the Penland installations and the events on April 19 and 20, call 828/765-2359 or visit (www.penland.org/0to60). For information about the exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art, visit (www.ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions). Penland School of Crafts is located just off Penland Road, near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina
Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in Western North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, printmaking and letterpress, photography, textiles, and wood. The school also sponsors artists’ residencies, an outreach program, and a gallery and visitors center. Penland is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution which receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
For further information call Robin Dreyer at 828/765-0433 or visit (www.penland.org).