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The Block2 Gallery

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Last updated Mar. 01, 2018 - 8:57 pm

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

The Wild
Leah Sobsey, Joy Meyer and Jeff Whetstone

  • Leah Sobsey, Murmuration
    HD video, color 5:02 minutes

    With a focus on preserving fragile natural specimens, Sobsey calls attention to threatened indigenous species.

    Her art and anthropology background and her love of stories have become tools to artfully map and investigate her own history, and now that of others.

  • Joy Meyer, The Wilderness
    HD video, stereo sound, color 4:03 minutes

    The Wilderness is a meditation on the relationship of place to human emotion.

    As we revisit a site, our standing memory becomes scripted with new memory, in this view a site can become a depository of stray feelings that accumulate but simultaneously dissipate.

  • Jeff Whetstone, Drawing E. obsoleta
    HD video transferred from 16mm film 8:24 minutes

    Among the dense forest of central North Carolina, the artist uses photography and video to explore the connections between man, nature, and masculinity. You see these themes emerge in his video Drawing E.Obsoleta, which shows Whetstone wrangling a black rat snake (or E. obsoleta, its Latin name) in an attempt to use the snake's body to draw the landscape in which it lives.

POP, DROP AND SHATTERED! at Block2
William Lamson, Tracy Spencer Stonestreet and Haviland & Colagiovanni
Located at Market Plaza in downtown Raleigh
November 29, 2017 – February 28, 2018
On view each evening at dusk and each First Friday
William Lamson, Emerge,
HD video, stereo sound, color 2:07 minutes
Emerge is a platform for a performative experiment, a collaboration with forces outside of the artist's control to explore systems of knowledge and belief.
Tracy Spencer Stonestreet, Dropping (After Ai Wei Wei)
HD video, stereo sound, color 7:01 minutes
Dropping uses the manipulation of domestic objects, but instead of destroying, the artist gathers the pieces – a metaphorical gesture of trying to make sense of a fragmented past.
Haviland & Colagiovanni, Music for Teacups
2K video, stereo sound, color 7:33 minutes
Music for Teacups rhythmically dissects the poetic moment of a falling and breaking teacup as it makes audible its transformation from a complete object.

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

BLOCK2 GALLERY EXHIBITED ARTISTS

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