The Ground Falls Away: expansion

October 30th, 2009 · No Comments

by Jay Needham

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Stills from The Ground Falls Away: expansion, 2008, 2-channel video and sound installation, continuous loop/ variable length.

Los Angeles based artist Andrew Freeman and I installed a new piece titled The Ground Falls Away: expansion, at Las Cienegas Projects on October 14th. Link over the the gallery here. Andrew is also exhibiting photographs from a different body of work in a new show in Los Angeles at Sam Lee Gallery  Locating Landscapes: New Strategies, New Technologies. (Lee Gallery will be uploading images soon.)

Our generous hosts and partners in The Ground Falls Away: expansion are la Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación. Nestor Correa, Andrew Carver and the APPC staff have created a wonderful platform where the arts and sciences exchange ideas. Our many thanks to you! Link over to the APPC.

From the Las Cienegas Projects press release:

The Ground Falls Away: expansion, a video and sound installation that looks at the terrestrial movement of conservation and economic expansion displayed in the landscape of Panama’s Canal Zone. Recorded on location in one of the world’s largest construction sites, artists Andrew Freeman and Jay Needham explore the physical and cultural conditions of the canal-zone as the metaphoric hourglass of the Americas. In this initial offering from their ongoing work in the region, the “expansion” project presents a fluid focal point for the artists; the installation points to a commercial and ecological zone where multinational pressures conspire to unearth the inevitable collision between global conditions and the environment. Produced in a partnership with the Panamanian NGO, la Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación, the work examines a newly widened canal that harbors a myriad of consequences in the wake of its prior existence as part of a transnational US military landscape.

Video from the Las Cienegas installation.

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