The UT Downtown Gallery is excited to present an upcoming exhibition curated by New York artist, Joel Carreiro.
November’s exhibit will feature video and other works by three artists: Matthew Garrison, Yeon Jin Kim, and Chris Miner.
The artists in Based on a True Story use narrative in their works in a variety of ways.
Chis Miner’s videos include autobiographical fragments, ruminative monologues family history, dramatic events, and sometimes allegorical or iconic elements. He often appears in his works as a version of himself and sometimes adopts other personae, complicating the author/character relationship and problematizing the reliability of the narration. His works vary greatly but always dig into crucial issues of meaning, orientation, faith, doubt and human relationship.
Matthew Garrison’s videos also complicate the issue of the real and the fictional, combining, for example, documentary footage from the Iraq war with sequences from D.W. Griffiths films. His huge photographic works show thousands of empty rooms pulled from website chat rooms, begging the stories of these nameless participants in “social media”. Similarly his video sculpture of a wishing well summons the wishes represented by the coins thrown by countless unknown dreamers.
Yeon Jin Kim makes scroll drawings hundreds of feet long and builds models and sets out of common household materials, which she then films to make narrative videos. Often a destabilized point of view is established by the placement of the camera in unconventional locations; hidden in a small handmade train pulled slowly past the drawings and models or falling-floating above the scenes. The settings for her stories range from a city-sized spaceship to a forest peopled by creatures and hybrids resulting from altered evolutionary trajectories, but these imagined worlds always refer back to our own.
Please join us for the First Friday festivities. All events are free and open to the public.
For additional information on this exhibition, please call the UT Downtown Gallery at 865.673.0802 or visit us online at http://web.utk.edu/~downtown.
Wed – Fri 11-6PM