Gallery 5 seeks to engage the larger art community of Boston and vicinity with the goal of positioning Emmanuel College as a viable and significant participant in contemporary art. With its active exhibition schedule, opening receptions, and artist talks, Gallery 5 actively engages the discourse of contemporary art with the goal of introducing this discourse to the Emmanuel College community and beyond.
Gallery 5 provides an essential exhibition space for the Emmanuel College Art Department. The Gallery is consistently active with exhibitions of work by professional artists, emerging artists, artist residents, outsider artists and Emmanuel College art students and alumni. The Gallery is utilized by faculty throughout the year as an educational tool that supports their teaching through the organizing of exhibitions with themes that are directly related to Art Department course content.
Scott Patrick Wiener
I Can't Hear What You Can't See
September 27 - October 31, 2015
Gallery Talk Oct 5, 7:00pm
LandAcq1: Visibility Test for Sky
The ongoing project Landscape Acquisition (2012-Present) is a multidisciplinary exercise in the collision between familiar vocabularies of airborne surveillance and the Western history of beauty in art. Several approaches are necessary to address these contradictory subject matters including video footage shot via cameras mounted to scale model military drones, appropriated and rephotographed stills of actual surveillance missions, and newly constructed archive images used to reorient those histories, to name a few. These processes work to filter and distill the technological image into its essentially discernible condition as an abstract object, one that is loosely attached to its referent and purified of its responsibility to depict concrete realities. The subjects in all instances are simultaneously denied and confirmed through fully recognizable ideals, which indicate an image-based will to exert power over place and time.
Whether carrying surveillance-based or weaponized payloads, military drone technology cannot function fully unless they see without being seen. This current iteration of the LandAcq project at Emmanuel College's Gallery 5 uses colorful RQ-1 and MQ-1 Predator drones as test subjects for airborne, sight-based camouflage that modulate between masking and revealing. These test subjects exist as floating models generated against color fields shaded in blue that transition to white and back again. Behind this test is a solitary military figure who, trained as an air weapons controller, bears some kind of relation to these drone's camo-effectivity. The basis for this association is connected to the single image deemed effective and significant for gathering tactical information and its accompanying pile of discarded surveillance pictures. Amidst a backdrop of light gray latex paint (the actual color used to camouflage the undercarriage military aircraft) the organization of these artifacts propose a constant state of contradiction, whether based in our worlds constant state of war, or more approximately a conflict between the self and an Other, machinic or otherwise. Much like its military usage, the seeing-killing machine in this state becomes a stand-in for the self in conflict, expressed as an empty vessel that is remotely controlled.
Exhibition Proposals and Artist Submissions
Gallery 5 invites artist submissions. Proposals are currently being accepted. The Gallery is located in a highly visible space in the recently renovated Art Department. Artists interested in exhibiting or curating an exhibition in Gallery 5 should submit the following:
10 - 20 images of recent work
Short bio (optional)
Brief letter of intent
Submission materials can be sent to email@example.com or by mail to:
Assistant Professor of Art Emmanuel College 400 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115
Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for return of submission materials, if desired.
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