Norwood Viviano “Mining Industries”

Heller Gallery

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Heller Gallery presents Mining Industries, our second solo exhibition of work by American artist Norwood Viviano. Several pieces from the artist’s installation Cities: Departure & Deviation, shown at Heller in 2011, were selected to be shown at the upcoming 14th Architecture Biennale (6/7-11/23 2014) in Venice curated by architect Rem Koolhaas.

Mining Industries is comprised of eleven works Viviano cast using LiDAR data and rapid prototyping, showing aerial views of sites in the United States related to three cities — Detroit, Houston & Seattle — and the iconic industries associated with their evolution.

Superimposing three-dimensional cast glass models of each site over historical images layered chronologically downward between glass blocks below, Viviano contrasts the present-day conditions with important periods in the sites’ industrial past. The topographically accurate, dimensional surface somewhat obscures our ability to ‘read’ the suspended images, providing the viewer fertile ground to contemplate the societal, political, cartographic & human blurring of memory.

Art historian Susie Silbert, whose essay accompanies the exhibitions, writes: “Today maps appear as impartial arbiters of the surrounding world. But theorists such as David Turnbull maintain that ‘maps should be seen as “knowledge spaces” constructed by specialists—politicians, scientists and geographers, mathematicians and cartographers—in service of a particularized point of view.’ The concept of the map as a “knowledge space” unifying disparate technologies in order to advance contemplation of a specific set of ideas is at the heart of Norwood Viviano’s Mining Industries.



from March 07, 2014 to April 12, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-03-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


Norwood Viviano

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