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Recent projects put a fresh spin on notions of exploration and expedition in the twenty-first century. Our methods of investigation reveal a latent irony.
The exhibition at Atlantic Center for the Arts captures elements of their recent project GREY ISLAND, which took place this past June on a “spoil Island” located in Mosquito Lagoon, Merritt Island, Florida. (A spoil island is a man-made island, often created as a byproduct of channel dredging). GREY ISLAND, advocates for a rethinking and refocusing; rather than seeking to conquer the natural world through technology. “We artistically and poetically suggest ways of reconnecting with the landscape at hand and understanding technology as existing within – rather than despite of – the natural environment.” The GREY ISLAND project cast the artists in the role of explorers approaching the Spoil islands of Kennedy Space Center as if it were new territory, as unfamiliar and unmapped as the surface of the moon. Positing that these islands offer new worlds, the project critically examines the notion that leaving Earth is the only way to ensure the survival of the human race. This exhibition coincides with a site-specific program supported by Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
1414 Art Center Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Address: 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 (Click for Map)