I am building a mountain of paper at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art in Charlotte, NC. The idea behind this is to create an experience that evokes the outdoor environment that inspires us. As a painter, my work is about the intersection of the outdoor experience and art. Because painting is inherently a two dimensional experience, this installation is a way to create a more immersive experience for viewers.
This installation has two parts, a paper mountain and a video projection of skies.
For the Paper Mountain, I am folding over 1,000 paper cranes that will be suspended from the ceiling. The flock of birds will form a mountain in the Elder Gallery space. The paper used is a lightweight material, and I hope that by layering the experience of such a large formation with a delicate material, this will help convey the fragility of the environment.
The second part of this exhibit is the Sky Project.
For this, I am crowdsourcing photos of the sky from all over the world, and projecting them on one of the gallery walls. The sky images will form a large grid that will gradually change as new images are added. This project is a reaction to the outdoor experience as filtered through our phones. We take photos of everywhere we go and everything we do and share them on social platforms such as Instagram. Many people’s experience of the outdoors is entirely based on what is Instagrammable. How do we continue to have unmediated experiences in nature with the constant distraction of telephones in our lives?
Images will only be used for this project and for promotion of this project.
Why is this project important?
Art helps build community connectedness. It gives people the opportunity to dream and to experience joy.
Paper Mountain and Sky Project explore the intersection of the outdoor experience and art. I believe that in an increasingly digital world, it is vital to go outside. My hope is that this installation will encourage people to commune with nature and experience the world directly.
Through exploration and conversation, art can help create empathy. As an artist, I am fortunate to be part of this discussion.
THANK YOU to everyone who has funded this project so far!
The Cycle Path, Robert Brown, Carey Bagdassarian, Carolee Blumin, Rebecca Falls, Jennifer and Jim Rogers, Alan and Veronique Singerman, Mark and Marcy Singerman, Paul Lathrop, Tom Power and Meg Hiltz, Lisa Singerman, Dave Singerman, Fred Perrino, Zach Chupa, Dan Frideger, Dave and Marquette Edwards, Tony Ferlisi, Drea Mastromatteo, Bill Youtie, Meagan Coates, Amy Davison, Jill McDevit, Tracy Chandler, Anna Roberge, Marijke Fotia, Suzanne Leitner, Theresa Conroy, Elizabeth Martin, Paul Reitano, Leah Shellberg, Kyle Whisner, Ilona Kohlerova, Bob Joy, Ilona Kohlerova, Diane Blumin, Terry Lasky, James Shanahan, Craig Blumin, Lindsay Juley
Thank you to all those who contributed images to Sky Project!