New Year, New Stuff

As 2012 begins, I'm looking forward to new opportunities and savoring some of the brighter spots of last year. 

Big news first: I'm excited to announce I have been selected as one of two 2012 Regional Emerging Artists in Residence for the winter/spring at Artspace in downtown Raleigh. I'll be as much of a fixture there as time allows from January to June. My studio will be on the second floor, adjacent to the other Artist-in-residence, Sarah West. This residency, truly, is an honor, and I hope I can do it justice. Many of the artists who have held this residency in the past are folks I respect a whole lot.

I'm also involved in two shows happening now, one of which opens Friday at the beautiful new VAE space on W. Martin Street. Contemporary South should be a rad one — it was juried by Xandra Eden of the Weatherspoon in Greensboro, and the theme is near and dear. 

Meanwhile, a selection of work from the past three years is on view in a two-person show with Luke Miller Buchanan at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery in the Performing Arts Center in downtown Raleigh. If you're there to see the symphony or another performance, I hope you can check it out — it runs through February.

A couple other recent things worth mentioning — Neill Prewitt and I collaborated with The Hot @ Nights at Flanders Gallery. Matt Hedt helped us document it, and the videos are pretty durn good. The Hot @ Nights are a fantastic band, and super dudes, and Flanders was really sweet to put this on.

Yuxtapongo worked on video projections for the ultra-Halloween bash at CAM in October:  


X-tra fun night. 

But a huge part of 2011 for me was the Dream Acts community art project I did with Neill Prewitt and Eleanor Blake. We've just finished a documentary video about the project, which was made possible by a grant from the Town of Chapel Hill. (We presented a rough cut of this doc at the Visualizing Human Rights conference in November.) Through course of the project we made friends, contributed to alliances, and, I think, brought a little light to an extremely vital community too often misrepresented and overlooked. It was a hugely rewarding project and I think this work will continue in various ways. In fact, Eleanor was asked to join the Board of the Human Rights Center, so she's now a part of the very group that was our crucial liasion to the Abbey Court community.   

That's it for now — happy new year! 

Dream Acts (2011)


"Dream Acts: The Abbey Court Community Art Project" was a six-month, grant-funded community art project that culminated in an exhibition of work initiated by artists Eleanor Blake, Lincoln Hancock and Neill Prewitt during their involvement with residents of Abbey Court in Carrboro on Jones Ferry Road. The exhibition was comprised of residents’ art, co-created work, and work of the artists. An environmental assemblage of video, photography and objects, "Dream Acts" sought to share the creative energy of Abbey Court, while exploring the boundaries real and imagined that shape our perception of and interaction with an environment or community. 

"Dream Acts" was the second installment of "Into the Streets," an annual commission sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Public & Cultural Arts Office and the Public Arts Commission. Founded with the intention of placing artists within a specific proposed community, the project aims to foster connections between people from within and outside the community. 

At the Dream Acts exhibition at the former Chapel Hill Museum.

At the Dream Acts exhibition at the former Chapel Hill Museum.

Here's a story about the project, and a documentary we made about the experience and the exhibition. The Facebook project page is here.