If you or someone you know will be in Burlington, VT between now and January 7, 2018, please check outSEA LIKE A MIRROR, a new temporary public-art video-installation piece I was commissioned to create for the City of Burlington. It is part of the Burlington City Arts' exhibition Of Land and Local.
Georgie Friedman SEA LIKE A MIRROR
Single-channel, site-specific video installation on windows
BCA Center Gallery, City Hall Park, Burlington, Vermont
HD video, rear projection film
15 min looped (no audio)
9' x 19'
LOCATION | VIEWING TIMES October 20, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Tuesday - Saturday | Dusk - 11 p.m.
OF LAND AND LOCAL October 20, 2017 - January 7, 2018
BCA Center Gallery | Burlington, Vermont
Charlie Bluett | Brian Collier | Georgie Friedman Hope Ginsburg | Rebecca Hutchinson | Elliott Katz Katie Loesel | Elizabeth Nelson Don Ross | James Scheuren Jessica Scriver | Lynn Sullivan | Naoe Suzuki John Willis | Nancy Winship Milliken | Mary Zompetti
OF LAND AND LOCAL explores how issues relating to the watershed fit within a domestic and global context. Themes investigate ideas of place, conservation, commodification, and water’s cultural role within our community. This exhibit celebrates its fifth year at the BCA Center & Shelburne Farms. The sixteen artists further explore last year’s watershed focus bringing a fresh perspective to this important topic.
Sea Like a Mirror consists of active Atlantic Ocean footage which is mirrored so the sea's natural frothy-lines have a Rorschach-like effect and move in unpredictable ways. The unnaturally churning Atlantic slowly transitions to imagery of Lake Champlain's* surface, which advances through calm, mid-day water to post-storm, sunset and dusk footage. The lake's water slowly abstracts due to the waning light, until the sky's colors become fractured lines skimming and bouncing off the rapidly moving black waves.
The title references three main components: the visual and psychological elements of the footage, the vertical and reflective aspects of the installation, and our relationship with the power of the sea and storms. The latter being a maritime reference and a direct homage to the Beaufort Scale's first descriptive (and poetic) term for the wind's affect on water, Calm | Sea like a mirror | 0 knots, which was chosen because it is both perfect, and contrary.
* Filmed specifically for this project during a site visit to Burlington, VT in June 2017.
Sea Like a Mirror installation views, City Hall Park, Burlington, VT, October 2017. Video documentation forthcoming. To be notified, please reply with "Sea Like a Mirror video documentation" in the subject line.