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Still Moving Jenny Ziegler, Gilbert Vasquez, Vincent Troia, Nate Morgan, Vanessa Merrill, Andrew Davis, Ed Brown, Kevin Beasley
Still Moving was in conjunction with Art Detroit Now during the second weekend in May 2008. This was an event where over 75 organizations/galleries participated during this weekend to invite the public to a mass experience with art, while informing the surrounding Detroit area that there is a thriving art community in a city that is not recognized for one.
This show was comprised of eight artists that focused on the words/phrase Still Moving as a jumping off point bridging conversations amongst the work. Not using the dialogue of Detroit as subject matter and the theme that seems to reciprocate, but reaching further with broader contexts in mind. Considering the possible associations between the relationship of the words still moving, notions of life and energy slipping on the brink of collapse or is it a resurgence pushing back into a state of vitality.
In a video installation constructed by Nate Morgan the viewers are asked to sit on small wooden benches and watch a video that is projected onto a small board creating an intimate situation. The video is shot in a wooded area where two men are separated by an unknown distance. A man is blindfolded and only walks when the other man strikes a drum. The man striking the drum is sitting in a field in front of a fire. The blindfolded man begins to make his way through the woods towards the beat of the drum bear foot relying on his senses to guide him towards the other person. The way in which the viewer is asked to watch this ritualistic journey is on a small intimate scale which seems to reinterpret sitting by the fire telling stories.
There was not an obvious link connecting the work at first glance. There was a demand that the viewer spend time and ask questions. For instance, Kevin Beasley's installation situates objects in grouped arrangements that begin a dialogue among these smaller arrangements activating the larger installation. Objects that may seem arbitrarily placed begin to make sense forcing the viewer to focus and reexamine. Questions of boundaries as to where the work "ends" or "begins" evolve when subtleties within the work begin to appear.
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