Friday, May 29, 6-9 pm (Process Vs. Product Lecture with Elissa Auther at 7:30 pm)
Saturday, May 30, 10 am – 6 pm
Twenty-four hours do not seem like a long time. They are just one day in a life that will, on average, contain 27,000 days. Such an average day might consist of a couple car rides, a few meals, several hours of work and a handful of conversations. The average day is appropriately forgettable. But when these average days are combined with the average days of seven billion others, twenty-four hours become much bigger, and more significant. In just one day, fifteen billion cigarettes are thrown onto the side of the road, fourteen billion trees are cut-down and three billion gallons of sewage are dumped into U.S. lakes and rivers. An average day can have a disastrous impact.
Blue Mountain is a participatory, site-specific installation inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and their role in Western North Carolina’s historically important and detrimental industries: tobacco, timber and textiles.
Visitors will be invited to help recreate a mountain landscape in the gallery by cutting out wood block prints, squirting dyes onto the top of a metal mountain structure, and watching as a line of cigarettes, mimicking the Blue Ridge Parkway, is adhered to the gallery floor. The installations will attempt to reorient one’s perception of time and inspire a renewed collective consciousness about our surroundings.
Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Mark A. Reigelman is a Brooklyn based artist specializing in site-specific objects and installations. His work has been exhibited in public spaces, galleries and museums across the country. Currently, documentation of Reigelman’s project The Reading Nest is included in the exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. His project, Manifest Destiny! was recognized by Americans for the Arts as one of the top 50 public art projects of 2012 and site-specific installation, White Cloud, at the Cleveland Museum of Art was named as one of the top public art projects in the United States. French clothing company Lacoste recognized Reigelman as the Cultural Innovator of 2013 and was featured with his work in Details Magazine (NYC). He is a member of the American Design Club (AmDC) and co-founder of the New York based creative collective Art Stars. Reigelman has exhibited work worked with designers such as Jorge Diego Etienne, Isaac Mizrahi, GyBell, Ron Gilad, Dror, Montana Knox and Rockwell Group. Reigelman’s work has been included in publications such as The New York Times (NYC), New York Magazine (NYC), FRAME (Netherlands), L’uomo Vogue (Italy), Public Design (Korea) and Tele Star (France). Most recently his work was featured in the book, Unexpected Art: Serendipitous Installations, Site Specific Works, and Surprising Interventions, printed by Chronicle Books.
Blue Mountain is the third event in the 2015 Back to the Drawing Board series.
Back to the Drawing Board has been made possible by the John and Robyn Horn Foundation and receives media sponsorship from Industrious Productions.
On March 22 from 7-8:30 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public meeting on affordable housing solutions for artists, craftspeople and makers. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to engage with and learn from Artspace, a national non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN that specializes in creating, owning and operating affordable housing and studio/business space for artists and creative sector businesses.