Schneckloth Weekend Exhibition

701 Center for Contemporary Art Presents:

 

SARA SCHNECKLOTH

Through Flesh And Stone

An Interactive Drawing Experience

ONE WEEKEND ONLY

June 10 – 12, 2016

Artists’ Reception, Friday, June 10, 7 – 9 pm.
Reception Admission: members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation

For one weekend only, 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents an interactive installation, Through Flesh And Stone, by University of South Carolina art professor Sara Schneckloth. The installation will open Friday, June 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with a reception, and will stay up through the weekend. Hours on Saturday will be 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; on Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The artist will be present during the duration of the exhibition.

Schneckloth projection 1“This is the premier of this project, and as such, it feels like an experiment in action,” Schneckloth says. “The exhibition is an experimental mix of drawing, print, and projection, with the viewer’s body at the center of the work.” Creating the suggestion of traversing through a Southwestern slot canyon, Schneckloth will present an immersive art installation that will provide a visual and physical experience as the viewer walks through a 20-feet long, 12-feet tall and 18-inches narrow tunnel made of spandex screens on which the artist projects organic, colorful, animated drawings.
“The projected, mixed media drawings evoke both geological and biological processes,” Scheckloth says. Informed by her recent study of the New Mexico landscape, the projected drawings are inspired by visceral forms inside and outside the body, from beating hearts to lava flows. Viewers can touch the screens-with-projections as they make their way through the constricted space of the tunnel, making the installation interactive with the projections and screens moving and responding to the viewer’s touch.

“My hope is for people to share in the sense of mystery that I experience in these spaces,” Scheckloth says, “whether it’s fear, or wonder, or being put into a different state of awareness aboutSchneckloth projection 2 time and the body. The canyons, for me, are places to feel incredibly young, connected to processes that have endured for ages, beyond simple understanding.”

In addition to the tunnel installation, Schneckloth will exhibit more than two dozen drawings, including 15 drawings on which the screen projections are based. Please see the attachments for images of two of those drawings and a video of an animated drawing.

Schneckloth (b. 1970, Davenport, Iowa) was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013. She has shown drawings in more than 70 exhibitions throughout the USA, United Kingdom, South Africa, and France. Her essays on drawing and embodiment have appeared in the Journal of Visual CultureVisual Communications Quarterly, and the Manifest International Drawing Annual.  She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has lived and worked in Iowa, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Cape Town, and Columbia, S.C.  An Associate Professor and McCausland Fellow in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, she is presently investigating the intersections of biology and architecture as imagined through drawing.

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