Welcome to the second installment of our Curator’s pick post – basically, a “best of” or “favorite” pick by a local curator or gallerist from the works currently on view at their own institution.
This week we talked with Crista Cammaroto, Director of Galleries at UNC-Charlotte. Crista wanted to promote something we have all come to value at the Gallery – an emphasis on experimentation for UNCC faculty – particularly promoted and supported through the Gallery’s summer programming. This year, the result is Digital Dialogues, an exhibition Crista describes as “a courageous show of research through making by our own professors with the final results now on display in the Projective Eye Gallery.” Two collaborative projects, funded by the College of Art + Architecture, are the result of two years of research and work.
Public Time features the work of Thomas Forget (architect) and Janet Williams (ceramic artist). Rooted in an analysis of Charlotte’s transportation infrastructure, the project explores how data may be visualized and materialized with an aim to illuminate the social impact and potential of the region’s circulatory systems. Vibrational data collected from rail tracks, for example, has been transformed into 2D visualizations and then realized in sculptural forms.
The second collaboration on view is Hybrid Skin, by Jefferson Ellinger (architect), Thomas Schmidt (ceramic artist) and Paul Stockoff (graduate student in architecture). The magnificent large-scale installation is comprised of febierglass-backed ceramic tiles, fired in a traditional way, but case from variegated molds digitally designed and created with the KUKA robotic arm. Cracks in the porcelain, produced both during and after the firing process, form a spectacular surface pattern that is illuminated from behind. In a time when experience is becoming increasingly virtual, Hybrid Skins integrates the digital and the tactile, reconciling the incongruities between old and new material processes to offer a sensory experience in the physical here and now.
The exhibition is on view through July 28 at the Projective Eye Gallery, located at 320 E. 9th Street. The gallery is actually open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm, so check it out.
Photograph by CoA+A gallery staff, looking across the table of “Public Time” by Thomas Forget & Janet Williams and into the installation of “Hybrid Skin” by Jefferson Ellinger, Thomas Schmidt, Paul Stockhoff