The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City opened in September 2011. Curated by Director of Galleries Crista Cammaroto, the gallery presents major exhibitions and installations by national and international artists and distinguishes itself by presenting inter-disciplinary "happenings" in conjunction with exhibitions throughout the year. For an overview of past exhibitions, please see the Press Book.
KEEPING WATCH on AIR
March 18-May 28
Opening Reception March 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
The College of Arts + Architecture and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute launch the third year of the KEEPING WATCH initiative with a focus on air quality and tree canopy. Merging the divine and symbiotic relationship between air and trees - and between art and science - KEEPING WATCH on AIR presents diverse work by seven artists who bring the invisible and peripheral into prominent view, connecting us more consciously to the world around us.
Floating throughout the gallery, Jed Berk’s interactive "Blubber Bots" become a tangible metaphor for the air that surrounds us, suggesting the mystery of what is in air and how we both react to it and affect it. Berndnaut Smilde’s wall-sized photographic image of an ‘indoor cloud’ from his Nimbus series will prompt a discussion of the need for healthy air inside buildings as well as outside.
The issues of mature tree canopy and clear-cutting will be addressed with the help of a life-size tree constructed in the gallery by Charlie Brouward. Likewise, Robert Wiens’s large watercolors of tree segments will highlight issues of tree and forest conservation. Not unlike historical botanical illustrations, these detailed watercolors bring attention to the individuality of each tree. Linda Foard Roberts’s newly created image of a grand, mature tree will evoke the emotional attachments many people have to trees. Upright and healthy, the tree reminds us of the longevity of immense canopy trees and their many contributions to a community's well-being.
Further making air “visible,” the front window at UNC Charlotte Center City will exhibit prints by UNC Charlotte Lecturer Kristin Rothrock based on scientific renderings of particulate air pollution.
In partnership with the gallery and KEEPING WATCH on AIR, Clean Air Carolina presents Particle Falls, a public art installation projected on the side of the UNC Charlotte Center City building from March 4 through April 23. Artist Andrea Polli’s animation of real-time air quality data makes visible to the public the invisible particulate matter in air pollution.
KEEPING WATCH is a multi-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups to engage the public in local ecological issues. Through the work of artists, writers, environmental experts, and scientists, KEEPING WATCH has connected community partners and projects to raise awareness and inspire action around plastic waste and recycling (2014) and water quality and urban streams (2015). For more information, and to read articles about local air and tree issues, please visit keepingwatch.org.
Schedule a tour!
The gallery offers free tours for groups of six or more. Please contact Donna Sofsky to schedule a tour for your group. Tours last approximately one hour. Please indicate if you are interested in our current exhibition or the Lona-Frey Collection, a collection of limited edition prints and sculpture from 1930-2000.
Hours, Location, and Contact:
The gallery is located at 320 E. 9th Street and is open seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm. Click here for parking information. PLEASE NOTE: The area around the UNC Charlotte Center City building is under construction.
For information about exhibitions and programs, please contact
Crista Cammaroto, Director of Galleries