Reviews of Gallery Project show Unhooked From Time

Installation and Audio/Video piece at Gallery Project

Collaboration between Andrew Thompson and Scotty Slade, photos by Chris Lee and Cynthia Greig respectively

Excerpt from AnnArbor.com, John Carlos Cantu, writer:

“Finally, Detroiters Andrew Thompson and Scotty Wagner have amassed the exhibit’s most ambitious project with their “Seen and Not Seen” installation set in the gallery’s rear alcove. This duo’s dubious trove of the 20th century electronic detritus piled ceiling high in the Gallery Project’s rear corner takes a page from master-Dadaist Marcel Duchamp’s “Etant donnes” with a near-hidden eyehole nestled in the rubble. A subterranean, bony model keeps a discreet eye on the gallery by way of a functioning remote video monitor. Amusing, chilling, and puzzling, Thompson and Wagner certainly prove they’ve had a lot of time on their hands to construct this outstanding artwork devoted to observing the passage of time itself.”

full article: http://web2.annarbor.com/entertainment/gallery-project-time/

Excerpt from thedetroiter.com, Clara DeGalan, writer:

“It seems no show is complete nowadays without the obligatory huge pile of garbage installation that maybe sticks around because it’s relevant in the rust belt (unfortunately), but “Unhooked from Time’s” offering, by Andrew Thompson and Scotty Wagner, Seen and Unseen, has something extra- peek into the yellow viewing portal that’s almost hidden in its bulky side to find out what. Andrew Thompson and Scotty Wagner’s installation with a hidden surprise.”

full article: http://www.thedetroiter.com/v3/2011/05/%E2%80%9Cunhooked-from-time%E2%80%9D-at-gallery-project/

Excerpt from Tom McCartan, writer:

“The best pieces in the show are the ones, like Andrew Thompson and Scotty Wagner’s mixed media piece Seen and Not Seen, that actually effect the viewer’s perception of time in–for lack of a better term–real time. My first impression of their piece, to be honest, was negative. Located in the back of the gallery, it appears as a mountain of technological detritus. It is, basically, a heap of outdated televisions, computer parts, and other little nasties. I was ready to write it off as another glib statement on contemporary Western culture’s “throw-away” mentality, which would make the piece boring and didactic, when gallery co-director showed me the true beauty of the work. The trash heap is hollow and there is a spot, hidden amid the refuse, where the viewer can look inside. The inside is made out to look like a sort of Bedouin living space, replete with sheepskins. There is a figure seated on the ground watching a monitor that relays a live video feed of the gallery from a cleverly hidden camera mounted somewhere on the pile. The effect of watching someone (or something)watch the space that you, the viewer, are a part of, is mesmerizing and serves to actually “unhook” the viewer from time.”

full review: http://www.thegalleryproject.com/review_archive/archive/054_unhookedtime_mccartan.html

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