Skye Gilkerson

Date Thursday, September 5
through Sunday, October 27, 2013
Location Johnson Gallery

Event Description

About the Show

The Sunrise Watches the Sunset consists of two videos playing across from each other. Each video was recorded at the same time on opposite sides of the earth: one on the East Coast of the United States, and one in its nearest inhabited diametric opposite, Perth, Australia. The videos face each other as if created for their own observation. The piece places the viewer in an impossible location, and addresses cycles, vantage point and perspective.

Each drawing is made of an unfolded page from the New York Times, with every punctuation mark removed. The remaining paper is saturated with its own medium: black ink, leaving a cosmos of blank spaces. Each piece represents one month of the past year; the titles are drawn from the unseen text of each page, zooming into specific content from that day, ranging from individual tragedies and victories to world wide events.

About the Artist

Skye Gilkerson’s work has been shown in solo, two person, and group exhibitions in museums and galleries across the US including The Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Temple University Gallery in Philadelphia, and the DUMBO Arts Festival in New York. Skye was a 2011 and 2012 Trawick Prize Finalist, and she was awarded a First Place Award from the Majestic Gallery, a Chenven Foundation Grant, a Studio Fellowship with Smack Mellon, and Artist Residency Grants with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Philadelphia Art Hotel.

Her work is featured in Learning to Love You More by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July, and is in the Robert F. Pfannebecker Collection, the Bethel University Collection, and many personal collections in the US and Germany. Skye received her BA in 2004 from Bethel University, and her MFA in 2009 from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Show Events

Artist Talk
Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m.
Eastlund Room, CLC Level 2

Reception in the Johnson Gallery following the talk.


Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art