In November 2013, I will present an original triptych of projected animations in Arlington Art Center’s Tiffany Gallery. These animations together form a single work of installation art, entitled RELAUNCH, that responds formally and substantively to a standout architectural feature of the gallery and of Arlington Art Center–a trio of historic stained glass windows dating to the 1930′s and attributed to Tiffany Studios. This Kickstarter campaign raises the funds needed to execute the exhibition. Your contribution will help pay for needed technology, custom carpentry, and transportation expenses. RELAUNCH opens on October 30th with a reception on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. RELAUNCH is presented through the Arlington Art Center 2013 SOLOS program.
A History Of The Windows
These windows, first installed in an Arlington mausoleum, are reconstructed from an original set of thirteen. The mausoleum closed and eventually fell to disrepair, with the windows covered over and forgotten. Later, the U.S. Navy acquired the land upon which the mausoleum was built and the windows were rediscovered. Only three windows survived.
The windows of Arlington Art Center’s Tiffany Gallery have a history that underscores that things change, and that preservation and remembrance are practices often married to compromise. After all, these windows were constructed not for their own sake, but for the memorialization of the lives of specific people. Today, that connection is largely severed. What remains is powerful, but the power is the sheer pleasure of looking.
What The Show Will Be Like
RELAUNCH addresses the windows’ dislocation and transformation by, in a sense, dislocating and transforming the windows yet again. For the duration of the show, the Tiffany Gallery will be converted to a triple-screen movie theater, each screen precisely covering one window. Looping animations echoing the windows formally through color, shape, and light will continually play across these screens. In this way, the historic windows are both obfuscated and totally re-imagined. Subverting the windows as they are and employing a little irony, this project draws attention to the history of the windows, Arlington Art Center, and a specific course of events that culminated in the creation of a unique art space. From a broad perspective, RELAUNCH encourages consideration of what may be lost and gained when a part of the past is made new again.
About The Artist
My name is Matthew Fishel. I'm an artist from Baltimore, MD. I went to St. Mary's College of Maryland for my BA in Art & Art History, then MICA for my MFA a few years later. My work is animation for installation. I like to work with the same tools used to make sci-fi films and hyperreal video games, but put them to work to create quiet, meditative art. I'm interested in history, and the way things have their meaning change over time. RELAUNCH will by my second solo show. My online portfolio can be viewed at www.matthewfishel.com, and you can send me emails at mail [at] matthewfishel [dot] com.
Risks and challenges
RELAUNCH is a big step for me, but builds on the kind of work I've been doing for last few years. There are lots of technical considerations, but the biggest challenge will be finding the support for a work of art that doesn't readily present itself as a salable object. I've been extremely fortunate to find a willing partner in Arlington Art Center, and mostly at this point I'm just excited to put the show together. Thank you for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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