On Exhibit: January 11 – February 22, 2020
Reception: Friday, February 21, 2020, 5 PM – 7 PM
This event is in conjunction with the Welcome Reception for Residency #176
Atlantic Center for the Arts Main Campus, Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery
1414 Art Center Ave. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
For more information (386) 427-6975
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
“As collaborators, our practice is research based and often site-specific. Recent projects put a fresh spin on notions of exploration and expedition in the twenty-first century. Our methods of investigation reveal a latent irony. We peer curiously at the world at hand, exploiting processes of discovery that seem absurd and humorous. Our end goal is to reveal new micro and macroscopic territories, expose hidden histories, or bring forgotten knowledge to the fore.”
The exhibition at Atlantic Center for the Arts captures elements of their recent project GREY ISLAND, which took place this past June on a “spoil Island” located in Mosquito Lagoon, Merritt Island, Florida. (A spoil island is a man-made island, often created as a byproduct of channel dredging). GREY ISLAND, advocates for a rethinking and refocusing; rather than seeking to conquer the natural world through technology. “We artistically and poetically suggest ways of reconnecting with the landscape at hand and understanding technology as existing within – rather than despite of – the natural environment.” The GREY ISLAND project cast the artists in the role of explorers approaching the Spoil islands of Kennedy Space Center as if it were new territory, as unfamiliar and unmapped as the surface of the moon. Positing that these islands offer new worlds, the project critically examines the notion that leaving Earth is the only way to ensure the survival of the human race. This exhibition coincides with a site-specific program supported by Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
GREY ISLAND Another Final Frontier: Spoil Island Habitat
Did you know that Kennedy Space Center is located inside of a National Wildlife Refuge?
Join Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge’s first artists in residence on a unique otherworldly expedition exploring the past, present and future of Kennedy Space Center’s Mosquito Lagoon.
Kayak to Grey Island where you will be greeted by the artists who will talk about their experience living in a NASA inspired habitat on the island in summer 2019. Explore their tools, habitat, and documentation while snacking on astronaut Neapolitan ice cream bars. Listen to stories of intrepid locals who set up elaborate camps on the islands in Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon.
The tour will include short talks by experts from NASA and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge who will speak about the ecological management of Kennedy Space Center and MINWR, home to over 1,000 species of plants, 117 species of fish, 68 amphibians and reptiles, 330 birds, 31 mammals and of course NASA, Blue Origin and SpaceX.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition “Another Final Frontier” at Atlantic Center for the Arts, this is a unique opportunity to meet artists Shona Kitchen and Aly Ogasian and writer/architect Charlie Hailey.
Event will run:
Tuesday, 21 Jan -9:00-11:45 AM
Thursday, 23 Jan -9:00-11:45 AM
Friday, 24 Jan – 4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Saturday, 25 Jan – 9:00 -11:45 AM
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