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The presence of coal influences every artifact and experience of Appalachia. My work is an attempt to unmask the elusive relationship we have with coal through a dialectical exploration of materials, records and sites. Historically coal from Appalachia powered the American industrial revolution and created mining towns that were extremely prosperous. These towns, like the industries that facilitated their growth, were not meant to last. The powerful and transient impact of coal is apparent in the crumbling, once decadent, mining towns that sprung from the coal fields of Appalachia and in the people who remain there. The materiality of coal is rarely engaged first hand but the presence of these prehistoric solar batteries can be felt in nearly every experience. For those living outside of dying coal towns, remembering coal and their direct relationship to it can be difficult. When the bituminous coal found in Appalachia is burned, it releases solar energy collected 330 million years ago by monumental forests. Charging a cellphone or enjoying the warm glow of an incandescent lamp is facilitated by the biological labor put forth in the Carboniferous period. To understand the impact that coal has and will have on our society we must understand the way it has shaped our collective past. Like the communities, geologies and histories found in the coal fields of Appalachia, the works in this exhibition accrue meaning through their relationships with one another. Sedimentation, extraction, riches, and devastation in the coal fields of Appalachia.
Reception: Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 7 - 9 pm Exhibition: May 10th through May 21st, 2011 Location: Trisolini Gallery, Athens Ohio. Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm Thursdays 10 am - 8 pm
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19”x 384”x 120” Mixed Media 100 miles of mountain top removal: West Virginia. 32 feet of ghost town: Santoy, Ohio.
78”x 130”x 6” Bituminous coal from the Buckingham underground coal mine near Corning, Ohio.
10 minute video loop on a silver screen. Thermal video of the Ohio University Coal fired heating plant.
82”x 27” Inkjet Print Scans of a second story bathroom door from a dry goods store turned biker bar in Malta Ohio.
FLOOD MARK 1913
13”x 19” and 41”x 56” Ink jet Prints on Aluminum A Mobile Platen Scanning Unit image of Acid Mine Drainage deposits.
40”x 15”x 15” Mixed-media A hand-controlled viewing of the 1980 Exxon film Coal: A Bridge to the Future.
A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE
81” x 42” Inkjet Print An enlarged image from a typical geology text book of the carboniferous diorama at the Field Museum in Chicago.
6”x 9” Books These books were created in conjunction with an ongoing body of research and work. Some of which is in this exhibition.