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The Block2 Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 05, 2017 - 11:31 am

Raleigh Art's Block2 Video Series is a visual platform for video, digital and new media artists. Viewed after dark, the changing videos aim to expand a viewer's notion of what visual art is and introduce the community to new artists, ideas and experimental mediums.

Location and Hours

Market Plaza
233 Fayetteville Street
Every night from sundown to 3 am

Current Exhibition

Sway ©2016 Matt McConnell

Plausible Worlds

video work by Shen Wei and Jaclyn Bowie

Shen Wei compels the viewer to be in the space and moment, taking notice of the subtle changes that take place over the passage of time.

Jaclyn Bowie has created an imagined world with a focus on renewal and restoration to accompany the musical score by Tescon Pol, based on the orbital rotation of Jupiter's moons. These imagined spaces welcome a pause from reality.

Shen Wei, Dusk of the Harmonious Garden, 2016

single-channel video, stereo sound, color 15:25 minutes copyright of Shen Wei, courtesy of the artist and Flowers, London / New York

Jaclyn Bowie, Geij, 2017

720p HD video, stereo sound, color 2:45 minutes

Presented by Raleigh Arts, a division of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. The City of Raleigh and the Office of Raleigh Arts gratefully acknowledge First Citizens Bank's partnership and support of Block2. For more information about Block2 and the Raleigh Arts, go to www.raleighnc.gov.

Artist Calls

Block2 Artist calls

Call For Video Artists - Raleigh Art's Block2 Video Series is an outdoor visual platform for video, digital and new media artists. Viewed after dark, the changing videos aim to expand a viewer's notion of what visual art is and introduce the community to new artists, ideas, and experimental mediums.

If you are interested in submitting material to be considered, please contact Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at stacy.bloom-rexrode@raleighnc.gov

History

Raleigh Art's Block2 Video Series is a visual platform for video, digital and new media artists. Viewed after dark, the changing videos aim to expand a viewer's notion of what visual art is and introduce the community to new artists, ideas and experimental mediums. Block2 is an extension of the Miriam Preston Block Gallery, which showcases changing exhibitions of local artists in the Raleigh Municipal Building.

The sculptural projection screen, titled "Sway", was designed and fabricated by Raleigh public artist Matt McConnell. Cary-based AVCON, Inc., an audio-visual engineering/design firm provided the expertise and equipment for projecting large-scale imagery.

The Block2 Video Series aims to create an environment for visual splendor. We hope you will take a moment to look, listen and enjoy.

Originally viewed in a street-level window at the corner of Fayetteville and Hargett Streets, Block2 was relocated on a larger visual scale to Market Plaza as a part of a vision to redevelop and activate an originally underutilized space.

Exhibited Artists

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