Temporal Cartography lands in Durham in June
May 31, 2018
"Temporal Cartography" to map out the city's changes at Durham Art Guild
DURHAM, NC — Brick, steel, concrete, glass—the seemingly unyielding components of buildings belie the transience of the communities in which we live and work. Cities are never complete: Streets shift, neighborhoods transform, structures age and are replaced. The physical form of the city is as organic as the people who build them, live, and work there.
As Durham careens through a time of unprecedented expansion, artists Tom Dawson and JP Trostle contemplate the changes happening around them in "Temporal Cartography," an installation opening June 15, 2018, in the SunTrust Gallery at the Durham Art Guild. The art exhibit, which runs through August 11, explores the past, present and future of Durham via video, sculpture, maps, photography and performance.
"Temporal Cartography" invites the viewer to consider the effects of short-term thinking, long-term planning, and the impact of gentrification and the environment on where we live.
PHOTOBOMB! — A frame from "Scraper"
Components of the show include:
➜ "Scraper," a 7 hour-long time-lapse of the building of One City Center. Playing on a continuous loop, the video condenses three years of downtown construction into a single day.
➜ The Futurescope: A sculptural time machine that presents deep histories of Durham and projects future urban scenarios. Participants map, draw, and plan responses to the futures.
➜ Cityscape: A site-specific, walk-through installation that encourages audiences to consider how cities are developed.
➜ Entropic Maps charting Durham's "Ghost Streets," the formerly vibrant livable streets erased by Highway 147.
The artists have integrated other voices from the community, inviting future city planners — from graduates of N.C. State Design Studios to elementary school children — and including their visions of Durham in the show. In a series of upcoming performances with the Futurescope, Tom Dawson hopes to spark participatory design responses from diverse audiences, from Durham summer camps to Drink-n-Draw and Futurist groups, to help guide Durham through future timelines.
Tom & his Time Machine — Chrononaut Tom Dawson takes the Futurescope to E.K. Powe Elementary School.
Receptions are planned for Durham Third Friday on June 15 and July 20, from 6-8pm. Check durhamartguild.org and the DAG app for additional events throughout June, July and August.
Beyond the SunTrust Gallery, elements of the exhibit will appear online and in the DAG App. The first of these surfaces today, with the release of "DEMO," a time-lapse of the 2015 demolition of the Green Wall and park in downtown Durham. The 14-minute video is a prelude to "Scraper," and can be seen at https://youtu.be/lubV9XqOv-s
"DEMO" — The 14-minute prelude to "Scraper" is now online. It captures the 2015 demolition of the Green Wall.
Temporal Cartography June 15—August 11, 2018 SunTrust Gallery, Durham Arts Council Building 120 Morris St., Durham NC 27701 Opening reception: Friday, June 15
About the artists:
TOM DAWSON spends much of his time as a Landscape Architect and City Planner. "Temporal Cartography" is a fusion of his professional life and art life, which intersect at creative mapping, participatory design, and sculpture. Tom is a resident artist at the Scrap Exchange and develops sculptures using upcycled metal. He has constructed street furnishings, like sculptural bike racks, to help establish a Durham "sense of place" to several urban spaces.
JP TROSTLE is an award-winning illustrator and game designer who spent a quarter century in the newspaper business drawing maps and cartoons for numerous publications, including The Herald-Sun and Indy Week. He is known to frequently make elaborate props for photo shoots and game conventions. "Temporal Cartography" marks a return to filmmaking for JP, who made animated shorts with his brother on an 8mm camera when they were kids.
The DURHAM ART GUILD is a nonprofit member-driven visual arts organization established in 1948. The Guild's mission is to enrich and connect our communities by creating opportunities and providing leadership for current and future visual artists and art enthusiasts.
TEMPORAL CARTOGRAPHY is made possible with the generous support of the Durham Art Guild, the Durham Arts Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Scrap Exchange, Alex Maness Photography, North Carolina State University, and Monkey Bottom Collective.