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“Dis/continuum” New Work from Blake Carrington

Exhibition Dates: May 13-June 3, 2011

Opening Reception: May 13, 2011 7-10pm

Blake Carrington was born in Indiana in 1980.  As an artist, he operates within the spheres of visual, sound and media art.  His work in all of these varieties is informed largely by cultural geography, landscape and architecture.  The areas between these formalized spatial practices and the compelling qualities of sound and visual arts are the main focus of his work. He is currently an artist-in-residence at LMCC’s Swing Space on Governors Island, New York, and recently received a NYSCA grant in support of his debut CD release concert at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. He has completed residencies at the HIAP in Helsinki, Finland, the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and the Rustines Lab in Montreal, Canada. In 2009 he received his MFA from Syracuse University, where he co-founded the platform for outdoor projections called the Urban Video Project.  Last year he also co-curated a series for UVP  featuring Trevor Paglen, Jill Magid, Thomson & Craighead, Miranda Lichtenstein and Jaume Ferrete.  His print series Loci_, exploring the questionable translation of field recordings to abstract landscape imagery, is located in The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program in New York.  Blake currently resides in Brooklyn, where he continues to explore new ideas for the utilization of installation, sound and the media art.

The CUAC is pleased to announce Dis/continuum, the first exhibition to feature Blake Carrington.  Here, he will use topography and mineralogy as metaphors to examine cognitive boundaries, perception of landscape, and states of becoming rather than being.  There are three components to this exhibition. First, the Temporary Formations list will include almost 200 geographic landform terms in multiple languages, which will appear as text on vinyl attached directly to the walls.  Second, the Pile Gestalten will explore the idea of pieces becoming a unified whole.  He will use a few rocks or several rocks to generate a pile of rocks. Groups of various materials such as mulch, rock salt and gravel will be arranged and outlined on the floor in an attempt to define their respective boundaries.  Thirdly, the Colored Noise section will evaluate the molecular structures of crystals, using these patterns to create droning ambient sounds.

This exhibition is one of many at the CUAC that features highly acclaimed artists from around the United States and Utah. A review of our programming has recently been included in the highly influential international Flash Art magazine published in Milan, Italy. Artists who have shown at the CUAC over the last four years have been included in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial, collected by Charles Saatchi; they have been exhibited in the Getty Museum, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Saatchi Gallery, major museums in Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Korea, and Spain; They have shown in Deitch Projects, Mary Boone Gallery, Freight and Volume Gallery, the Drawing Center, and many other important New York, Los Angeles, and international venues.

CUAC Mission Statement:

The purpose of the CUAC is to educate Utahns about Contemporary Art through exhibitions of artists from three categories:

  1. Sanpete artists who demonstrate a high level of professionalism in their art;
  2. Utah artists who make art in a Contemporary genre who are emerging or well established;
  3. and artists who are exemplary of important trends in Contemporary Art worldwide.

The CUAC maintains that good education about art starts with strong exhibitions of Contemporary Art that have relevance in content or image to our community. Education also includes outreach to the community in the form of classes for adults and children, lectures and critical dialogue about art, and an inviting, friendly environment that welcomes visitors and encourages questions and strives to provide answers.< br/>< br/>