Out of Darkness
Johnston County, NC, 2015
Archival Pigment Print, by Adam Bellefeuil
Sept 30th through January 15th
Virtual content available at https://raleighnc.gov/places/block-gallery
Adam Bellefeuil, I’Nasah Crockett, Jimmy Fountain, Tama Hochbaum, Lindsay Metivier, JP Jermaine Powell, and Xiaowei Wu
These times call for reinvention and finding creative new ways to address our given circumstances. For many of us our reality has shifted to a new existence that at first may have felt like being trapped in a tragic dystopian movie. However, once the reality sets in and we begin to adapt and even overcome these conditions we move out of the darkness that once overtook our world.
These photographs and videos pay homage to Film Noir. This genre first evolved out of economic necessity following World War II as low to modestly budgeted film projects. The result of working with minimal equipment and resources led to creative experimentation then and now.
George Jenne was born in Richmond, VA. His films and videos are experimental narratives, marked by a convergence of literary and cinematic languages. He draws on his broad, background in the film industry, which includes working as a mold maker at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, as a lighting technician on numerous commercials, as Director of Photography on low budget music videos, and as owner of Bandolier, a prop and model fabrication company, originally based in New York. George has a BFA in Film/Animation/Video, from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. He has attended numerous residencies including, The MacDowell Colony, Art Omi, and the Fine Arts Work Center, where he was a fellow, twice. George was also short listed for the Creative Capital Grant. He has exhibited his films and videos at Exit Art, Jack The Pelican Presents, PS122, The Nasher Museum at Duke University, and The Speed Museum in Louisville, KY, to name a few. He is represented by Freight + Volume in New York. He lives and works in Chapel Hill, NC where he is currently director of Lump Projects, a non-profit gallery in Raleigh, that operates through a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Adam Bellefeuil’s photographs offer an intimate look at a southern American landscape that appears to be caught simultaneously in a state of hyper-accelerated growth and spiraling decline. Embracing the slow craft aspects of medium format film photography, Adam’s contemplative black and white pictures observe how culture and the passage of time have influenced these familiar places.
I’Nasah Crocket states making art in a time of a pandemic forces a rethinking, a return to basics — light, shadow, time itself — and a resetting. Expectations, subject, technique, and even the lived experience of time itself shifts.
Jimmy Fountain started a self-imposed quarantine to prevent himself from possibly spreading the virus. He didn’t leave the house for 2 weeks except late at night when he knew he would not come into contact with anyone. This is when he started shooting this series.
Tama Hochbaum There is darkness at the edges of these images, and sometimes overall, but there is surely clarity in the darkness, a dramatic chiaroscuro.
Lindsay Metivier photographs compulsively. Doing so generates a photographic archive, a perpetual montage of infinite information that calls attention to the passing of time. She then culls, edits and presents from this archive – the moments that teeter between the familiar and the surreal.
JP Jermaine Powell A legacy of creative problem solving is one of the greatest weapons against life’s battles that he can give to his children and future generations.
Xiaowei Wu takes interest in darkness, as an impulse to diminish representations as well as an aesthetic to resist coding by popular entertainment and commercial art.
Block Gallery – Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27602
Connecting local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach, the Block Gallery was dedicated in 2006 to honor Miriam Preston Block, a former Raleigh City Council member and community leader. Greeting all visitors to the Upchurch Government Complex, the gallery’s marble walls and elegant staircase provide an ideal setting for showcasing original artworks. Exhibits change every eight to 12 weeks.
OFFICE OF RALEIGH ARTS
The Office of Raleigh Arts, a part of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, fosters and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers.