This installation is a reflection of contemporary Southern thought that has been influenced by deep-rooted tradition, a troubled past, and a desire to both embrace and dispel common stereotypes.
We, Michael and Dawn, currently live in a small, rural, north Georgia town that is predominantly white, conservative, and Christian. We started this project as a way to understand and discuss topics such as diversity and southern identity with their children. The main question we started with was, "How can we expose our children and educate them about other cultures, races and ethnicities while living in a homogeneous community?"
The installation consists of 64 16"x16" wood panels on facing walls in a 13'x5' grid pattern. 52 panels are drawings that feature the alphabet with their corresponding images (Dawn) and notable Georgians throughout history (Michael). 12 panels are blank and provide surfaces for the video projection. The installation also features two 24 min. sound scores that feature environmental recordings integrated with soundbites of speeches, music, newscasts and readings from the Georgians featured in the portraits.
This project will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine, and has been partially funded by the University of Maine at Augusta via a four-day residency coinciding with the exhibition opening on October 1. The exhibition opening will be streamed live here, so if you can't make it to Maine in person, you can join us online.
The rest of the project has been covered by out-of-pocket expenses. To date, the total is around $1500, which includes 64 wood panels, art materials, 2 video projectors with ceiling mounts, 2 sound systems, 2 DVD players and audio/video cables.
We are looking for funding to cover the materials to build the crates as well as freight costs to/from Georgia to Maine. The materials for the crates are around $250 and the freight costs to and from Maine are around $425. Any extra funds will be used for documentation packets in order to continue traveling the exhibit.
For more information on the project and to view some of the completed panels, visit my Facebook fan page Michael Dickins - artist
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