Pump House Regional Arts Center, Kader Gallery - September 5 - October 20, 2012
Reception: Saturday, September 15, 5-7pm
Within/Without is an exhibition inviting questions about what it means to live in proximity to others. The exhibition is comprised of four parts.
The first part of the exhibition is a small collection of shared landscapes that explore proximity. They represent an ongoing dialogue with artists and photographers, from in and outside the region, in response to notions of place, landscape, and distance. Each represents a document originally shared via cell phone as an intimate gesture from one to another. Included are carefully translated drawings and prints accompanied by their cell phone facsimiles. The context of these exchanges are an attempt to collapse distances through shared and immediate digital experiences of being as well as mediated processes of documenting and translating the materiality of 'place' through another's eyes.
The second part of the exhibition, a collection of etchings, explores cultural aspects of proximity and the connections we have to particular representations of subjects. Images from unknown passerby's, google, youtube, film, and mass media (Vogue magazine) are explored for their gestural narratives and connection to questions that surface in relation to identity, intimacy, and the body.
The third part of the exhibition is a video (installation) of intimate interviews by individuals from in and outside of the region exploring cultural connections between place and identity. Interviewees include: Hmong elders as well as other immigrants, locals, and those who find themselves currently living in La Crosse. Talking points with interviewees include questions about place of origin and how they share their culture, values, and/or sense of self with others in our community.
I want you to say this...
The fourth part of the exhibition is an audio installation (microphone, speaker, podium & transcript from video). Participants are invited to engage through direct & indirect involvement with others, namely the interviewees from the video and the outside. Participants are encouraged to step up to the podium and select a small passage from the video transcript to read aloud. A microphone (specifically made to capture the readings’ audio range) will allow the reading to be heard outside, as it is spoken (real-time). The installation is meant to explore gesture and the translation of relatable experience as it passes through one another.