“In Pursuit of Shadows,” sculptures by Christopher Kearney, opens June 20 at The Scrap Exchange.
When you see Christopher Kearney’s sculptures, you want to look close, closer still, to make certain they won’t start moving. His work takes inspiration from natural landscapes, religious architecture and the objects one sees daily, but doesn’t really notice. Using reclaimed clay, along with materials scavenged from dumpsters, curbsides and construction sites, Kearney gives shape to objects that straddle the boundaries between nature and the surreal. “I spent a lot of not so creative time on construction sites,” he says, “so it is especially ironic that these would be a source of materials for my creative work!”
Kearney graduated from UNC Greensboro, with a Fine Art concentration in Sculpture. His work was selected by The Machine, a nationally juried exhibit at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. His art has also featured in different outlets around North Carolina. He is a grant recipient from UNCG and the United Arts Council of Wake County and Raleigh.
The opening reception for “In Pursuit of Shadows ” is scheduled from 6-9PM on June 20, in conjunction with Third Friday Durham activities. The exhibit runs through July 12.
Immediately following the reception for “In Pursuit of Shadows,” Third Friday festivities at The Scrap Exchange will move outside with a nighttime film experience beginning at 9pm. Durham Cinematheque will be on hand to present “Circle Spiral Slow,” a three-part film program by Tom Whiteside with live music by Arrows Out.
Three screens will be set up on the concrete wall that stands outdoors near The Scrap Exchange entrance. In the first part, the images start slowly and pick up speed as they move around all three screens. The images date from the 1940’s to the 1970’s and includes industrial motion studies, basketball drills, the earth in space, and knot tying techniques. The second part features films on the central screen. The third part goes back to the circular motion around all the screens as the action gets more loopy and bumpy. The show ends with our “slow dance” excerpted from “Kathleen Mavoureen” made by Porter and McCutcheon for Edison in 1906.
Green Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free to the public. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.