“Heavy Rotation,” a three-week showcase of emerging trends in contemporary video art is under way at Franklin Street Works.
Beginning on Friday, Feb. 24 and closing on March 16, this ambitious project consists of four “mini exhibitions,” each lasting four days, and each reflecting different themes.
Through multiple, short-lived shows, Heavy Rotation aims to provide an adrenaline rush of shifting contexts, fresh curatorial perspectives, and highly varied technologies. The show’s fluctuating structure also asks us to imagine the exhibition as a series of changing visual events, rather than a static installation.
One grouping includes artists who harness specific elements from nature (including rocks, water, snow, and a snail) as imagery to foreground unique approaches to “process” in the act of art making. Love and interpersonal relationships inform another show, which explores romantic exchanges, desires, and miscommunications via a variety of platforms and situations (including Chat Roulette, Craigslist singles ads, and public displays of affection). A third installation explores “psychological landscapes,” whose narratives are situated within imaginative, culturally specific, and often geographically peripheral environments. Finally, New York-based curator Anthony Thornton rounds out the schedule with a selection of videos that explore the public inevitability of private performance within our increasingly connected world.
Participating artists/curators include: Robert Chirila, Petra Cortright, Keith Edmier,Lindsey Eskind, Don Evans, Jesse Fleming, T. Foley, Alexa Gerrity, Matteo Giordano, Ilana Halperin, Seth Kelly, Karsten Krejcarek, Camille Laurelli, Jillian Mayer, David O’Reilly, Ariana Page-Russell, John Pilson, Cheryl Pope, Joshua Seidner, Rbt. Sps., Brent Stewart, Anthony Thornton, and Grant Worth.
A reception for the exhibition is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 1.