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Center City Gallery
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.
The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City presents Sustain Me Baby, March 25-June 26. Combining the work of two artists in different media, Sustain Me Baby examines the danger of plastics we cannot recycle.
Joyce Dallal’s “The Other Toy Story” is a 10-foot tall trash-receptacle “baby” that is “fed” during the opening reception and throughout the exhibition with plastic toys. While the giant baby, which can hold several hundred pounds of toys, evokes a sense of play, it also illustrates through scale that the waste we leave behind today will be a massive problem for the next generation. A video by John Flynn, “Feed the Baby,” will screen continuously in the gallery, chronicling the first installation of Dallal’s work in 2011 in a school in Los Angeles.
Surrounding this centerpiece installation will be powerful images from Chris Jordan’s Midway series. The Midway Atoll lies in the northern Pacific Ocean, more than 2,000 miles from the coasts of Asia and North America. Jordan visited the islands some three years ago to photograph dead baby albatrosses, whose stomachs bear the remains of plastics fed to them by their parents, who mistake the trash for food. “Choked to death on our waste,” writes Jordan, “the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.”
Sustain Me Baby is part of KEEPING WATCH, a three-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups to engage the public in matters of local sustainable issues. Developed by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in partnership with the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, KEEPING WATCH connects community partners and projects to raise awareness and inspire action around three local environmental issues: plastic waste and recycling (KEEPING WATCH on PLASTICS, 2014), water quality and urban streams (KEEPING WATCH on CREEKS, 2015), and air quality and the value of trees (KEEPING WATCH on AIR, 2016). For information, please visit www.keepingwatch.org.
The opening reception for Sustain Me Baby on Friday, March 28, includes conversations with the artists and a live performance of original choreography by Mark Diamond, performed by members of the North Carolina Dance Theatre second company (NCDT2). Commissioned by the Projective Eye Gallery, designer Erica Diamond has created the dance costumes from recycled products. The public is asked to bring an old toy to “feed the baby.”
In addition, three miniature “baby” receptacles will collect plastic toys in alternate locations: One receptacle will be installed at Discovery Place; one will travel to various locations on the UNC Charlotte campus; and one will travel to various locations throughout the city of Charlotte.
The gallery will host related programming throughout the run of the exhibition:
Friday, April 12, 7-10 pm
The Keeping Watch Alliance and ecoFab Trash Couture team up to create an invitational runway extravaganza, featuring recycled wares from our favorite designers, along with music and performance. A socially conscious fashion experience!
Clean Martini Screens
May 16 and June 13, 6-9 pm
Join us for eco-film screenings and clean martinis made by local distilleries from local products, as well as light, locally sourced hors d’oeuvres.
· Bag It the Movie, followed by a panel discussion on local recycling issues (May 16)
· Growing Cities and short clips from Jean Paul Ganem, followed by a panel discussion on soil and reclamation gardening (June 13)
The Projective Eye Gallery is located in the UNC Charlotte Center City building at 320 E. 9th Street. Gallery hours are 9 am to 9 pm daily.
This exhibition was made possible, in part, with funding from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.