Mass Cultural Council and the New Art Center (NAC) will present Mass Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.
One of the exhibiting artsts, Deb Todd Wheeler (Mass Cultural Council awardee in ’15, ’11, ’03) blends photography, sculpture, mixed media, and installation in her ongoing project in the atmospheres. Here is more about the project, in the artist’s own words.
In this atmosphere, an atmosphere that scuba divers call 1 bar (101325 pa of pressure), we breathe the air, a perfect mixture of gases that we instinctually suck into our bodies… it’s our atmosphere, and we inhabit it and fill it with our expulsions: the things we shed, we expel, expunge…
Off and away… a scream, an emotion, things we are done with, byproducts of living, of productivity… the residue of making…
Extra chemicals, turpentine, wrappers, fumes, all that stuff we want to disappear, and leave us with the treasure we made…
By-products be gone! Evaporate into the other atmospheres, up or down the drain, flushed away into the vast and uninhabitable depths of space and sea… but you know the planet’s cycles spit it all right back at us.. oceans return flotsam to the shores, evaporated liquids rain back down – nothing is truly gone forever, nothing dissipates into thin air… it’s just not true. It will always return to us, eventually absorb back into our bodies, tangible hauntings of our own productivity….
See more at:
Mass Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
September 18-October 17, 2015 (opening reception on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 7-9 PM)
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA
Images: all images courtesy of Deb Todd Wheeler.