Mutable and Constant
installation by Devin Utah
October 17 – November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17 from 6-9 pm
A decayed VHS tape lodged in a VCR broadcasts flickering, distorted images while time-worn audio cassettes slow down until they sound otherworldly. Haunting glitches dance across salvaged television sets while the viewer views oneself through the lens of an old security camera. Defunct equipment, VHS tape, found images and forgotten objects are given new life in Devin Utah’s media installations. These exhibits fill a space with light, sound and reclaimed ideas. “At the core of my work is an impulse to transform my own thoughts and experiences into a collective voice, to which others can relate and draw strength,” says Utah. “From this place of shared emotional energy we can move forward towards an opening of ourselves to the psychic landscape around us.” Utah’s work tends towards the darker aspects of everyday life. It’s fitting that “Mutable and Constant, a show that celebrates the lifecycle of analog materials, should occupy in the Cameron Gallery during October, a month that includes Halloween, Samhain and other festivals of death and rebirth.
Since moving to Durham over a year ago, Utah’s work has featured repurposed old media and mutable atmospheres. A previous installation, Digital Dysphoria, was an immersive analog environment which took place at The Fellowship Hall, in collaboration with Kyle Knight, Rachel Nelson and AV Geeks.
“Mutable and Constant,” is the second exhibit in the Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new exhibition space is named in honor of our longtime friend Danny Cameron. Over the years, Cameron has volunteered his time and expertise along with operational and building support from the Dan Cameron Family Foundation. Cameron’s support invests in a future that embodies creative reuse in communities and provides space for exhibiting artists.
An opening night reception for “Mutable and Constant” will be held on October 17th from 6-9 pm with music, refreshments and art making. The exhibit runs through November 15. The Cameron Gallery is located inside our new and permanent location in the Shoppes at Lakewood, at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, in Durham. Cameron Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.