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Eric William Carroll performance and gallery reception

Eric William Carroll performance and gallery reception
Date Friday, September 27, 2019
FeaturingEric William Carroll
Location The Underground - View maps and directions
Instructions for GuestsFree parking is available in the West Lot. Enter the Lundquist Community Life Center (lobby of Benson Great Hall) and go up one level. Signage will direct guests to the Underground.

Event Description

Artist Performance: Friday, September 27th at 7PM in The Underground, Brushaber Commons, 2nd level. Reception with the artist in the Johnson Gallery following the performance.

For the past five years, Carroll has traveled to underground laboratories and astronomical observatories in order to find out exactly what we don't know. In "A Light Year of Lead", Carroll presents his findings through large scale color photographs, video, and installation. Pivoting away from scientific facts and clarity, Carroll focuses his lens on mystery, magic, and absurdity while simultaneously working as a documentary photographer. The resulting work oscillates between scientific objectivity and human subjectivity, the massive and the massless, extraordinarily sophisticated experiments and dumb luck, leaving the viewer in a state of wonder, confusion, and curiosity.

At the center of the exhibition is "Bubble & Swallow", a short film that documents swallows flying around an obsolete particle detector in which Carroll has painstakingly traced each frame of the film. Installed on the floor is "7x6x30", a gridded installation of scientific sticky-mats, a tool more often found in laboratories than galleries. The result is a wonderfully uncomfortable sonic and sensoral experience--like walking on wet paint or flypaper. Carroll is simultaneously collecting and creating evidence, but he leaves it to the audience to figure out the questions he's asking.

At the exhibition opening, Carroll will sing about his work in a hybrid artist-talk/musical performance with special guest performers. Carroll approaches the normally dry subject of science with a heavy dose of humor and humanity. The performance will last approximately 30 minutes with a reception to follow in the gallery.

About the Artist:

Eric William Carroll's work on photography, science, and nature explores the differences in how we experience, represent, and organize the world. Through his photographs, installations, and performances, Carroll creates visual and emotional connections that span enormous distances in space and time. At the heart of his practice is a sense of humorous curiosity that allows us to contemplate the Universe and the smallest particles on a human scale.

Eric William Carroll received his BA in philosophy from Coe College (1998) and received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Carroll's work has been shown widely and has been included in exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Aperture Foundation, the Museum of Con- temporary Photography, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Pier 24 Photography, among others. Carroll has participated in residencies with the MacDowell Colony and Rayko Photo Center and was the winner of the 2012 Baum Award for Emerging Photographers. Born and raised in the Midwest, Carroll currently teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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