How do you measure a year in your life? What makes it meaningful to you?
Waterworks Visual Arts Center and The Community Care of Southern Piedmont are proud to present 525,600 MINS. – Time and Place, two exhibitions that dovetail to explore the twin concepts of time and “our place in the world,” a juried group show and a public conversation wall.
Visual Art Exchange (VAE) member artists' works selected fro the group show dmonstrate how creative people contemplate time and place. For instance, the passing of time - revealing how people and things age; the measurement of time and/or the tools used to quantify time; the changes in times - how technology has changed the world; or how time affects a cerain place - compairing images of a piece of land before and after urbanization. Fifty works in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media represent 32 artists from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Candy Chang’s work transforms public space by providing a platform for community conversation and dialog. Following the unexpected death of a dear friend, the New Orleans-based artist needed a way to cope with her loss. With the help of friends she turned the side of an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard, and stenciled a fill-in-the-blank sentence: “Before I die, I want to...”
Using over ten languages, Before I Die walls have been created in more than seventy countries, including Kazakhstan, Argentina, China, Italy, and South Africa. “In order to die well, we need to talk about it,” says the artist.
The goal of the public response walls is to provide a space for visitors to share their personal aspirations and to create public awareness, education, and conversation around Advance Directives (individual advance care planning).
Four engagement walls have been installed in the gallery. In order to make this opportunity available to a broader audience Before I die drop boxes are installed in various sites in Rowan and Cabarrus counties, including Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Rowan Public Library: Headquarters, South Rowan Regional Library, J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, J. Fred Corriher Jr. YMCA, and Kannapolis YMCA.