Some images from Andrew Ranville's No Island is a Man exhibition. This inaugural Rabbit Island exhibition marks the foundation of a partnership with the DeVos Art Museum who will provide future artists-in-residence opportunities to connect to the local communities and exhibit their island work and research. Extra special thanks to our backers for getting us this far, we can't wait to show you what we have planned in the next few months and in the coming years!
The exhibition features—
Seven "shipwrecked" balloons found on the island's rocky shoreline. Andrew's essay in the catalogue talk about these elements of "civilization by proxy".
Six framed, large-scale photographs selected from a series shot on the island.
Four Polaroid photographs (two silver shade and two color).
A limited-edition, artist-made USGS-style map. (Editions are currently available at the museum, but we'll be selling them online shortly)
A large wall drawing/painting based on precise circumnavigations of the island, rendered using projections of the GPS data.
Transects, a film made from explorations through the island. The film is a HD video projection with quadraphonic sound, 12 minutes and 39 seconds, looped.
A hand-crank radio which is tuned into a FM station being broadcast throughout the museum featuring field recordings from the island.
An "endless" pile of skipping stones stamped with the Rabbit Island outline. Visitors are encouraged to take a small piece of Rabbit Island sandstone away and transpose it into another body of water.
Berg's Tower, a large sculpture installation made of 100+ year old driftwood found on the shore of the island. Based on matching spikes driven into the original logs of the old cabin some of the pieces probably came from the docks Berg (the first homesteader of Rabbit Island) had built in the 1890s to enable fishing from the island. The structure is held together only using found driftwood and natural fiber rope utilizing lashings and knots.
A comprehensive catalogue was produced for the exhibition. It contains essays by Melissa Matuscak, the director of the museum, Nadim Samman, a curator and writer, Andrew and Rob. Included with the catalogue is an edition of 5 postcards featuring photographs taken by Andrew. A short-run edition artifact kit was produced for the exhibition as well. The kit–made "in house" at the NMU Art and Design building–is made up of two laser-engraved and CNC-machined blocks of Michigan red oak sourced from the Keweenaw. It includes the catalogue and postcard set, identifier card, the map print, a USB stick featuring field recordings from the island, a forestry-certified incense-cedar pencil, and a handmade brass matchcase which includes a compass and contains strike anywhere matches. Like the aforementioned map, we'll be letting our backers know how to get a hold of these catalogues and kits soon.