Block2, a video series programmed by the Office of Raleigh Arts at Market Plaza in downtown Raleigh, has a series called “The Wild” by artists Leah Sobsey, Joy Meyer and Jeff Whetstone. You can see it tonight during First Friday.
The videos reveal a unique interaction between humans and the “wild” through observation, interaction, experience or memory, according to a release. They will be available for viewing each evening at dusk and each First Friday. You’ll see them until June 27.
Block2 is an extension of the Miriam Preston Block Gallery, which is located in the Raleigh Municipal Building.
Here are the artists and descriptions of the videos that make up “The Wild” at Block2:
“Murmuration,” Leah Sobsey
HD video, color 5:02 minutes
With a focus on preserving fragile natural specimens, Sobsey calls attention to threatened indigenous species.
Her art and anthropology background and her love of stories have become tools to artfully map and investigate her own history, and now that of others.
“The Wilderness,” Joy Meyer
HD video, stereo sound, color 4:03 minutes
“The Wilderness” is a meditation on the relationship of place to human emotion.
As we revisit a site, our standing memory becomes scripted with new memory, in this view a site can become a depository of stray feelings that accumulate but simultaneously dissipate.
“Drawing E. obsoleta,” Jeff Whetstone
HD video transferred from 16mm film 8:24 minutes
Among the dense forest of central North Carolina, the artist uses photography and video to explore the connections between man, nature, and masculinity. You see these themes emerge in his video “Drawing E. obsoleta,” which shows Whetstone wrangling a black rat snake (or E. obsoleta, its Latin name) in an attempt to use the snake’s body to draw the landscape in which it lives.