RUNNERS is the debut work by artists Brent Stewart and Willie Stewart working in tandem on ongoing artworks en-flux that become a conceptual platform for various means of image making via multi-media, performance, sculptural and object installation presenting the plight of two characters played by the artists themselves navigating the terrain of abstract, formal and traditional cinematic narratives within and outside the context of the contemporary art milieu.
The exhibition includes an immersive installation and a single channel video RUNNERS (2015) of the two artists smuggling a concealed case wrapped in a dirty, mauve towel through the backwoods and back-roads of a rural setting towards a particular sacred destination. The installation work reconstructs a type of immersive cinematic freeze frame. This work is a behind-the-scenes look at the protagonist characters within an ongoing, fragmented narrative in which the setting, pieces and props are disconnected from the ongoing story…
“It’s Easyriders meets James Turrell”
brent & willie (April 2016)
“Athens of the South” By John Warren
October 2014 – Current
||“Athens of the South” is inspired by John Dewey’s belief that communication creates a great community, and that citizens who participate actively with public life contribute to that community. In “The Public and its Problems,” he writes:
“The clear consciousness of a communal life, in all its implications, constitutes the idea of democracy.”
John Warren has been teaching video art to underserved students at Maplewood High School in East Nashville every Friday since early October. He’s working with about 60 students to make self-portrait videos, observational documentaries about life around the school (ROTC, an auto body shop, etc.), funny fake trailers, and rap videos. Project is ongoing, and will culminate in a final presentation in 2015.
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