June | William Paul Thomas
Mood Swings multimedia portrait series in two parts: TEEF: Good for the Soul (video) and Black & Blue (painting)
***PLEASE NOTE: The PPG goes to a summer schedule during the months of June, July, and August. We will be open to the public Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am–6pm, with extended hours during special events. Please call 919-660-3622 for any inquiries***
Artist’s Talk and Discussion
Friday, June 17, 2016, 5-8p.m.
Artist’s talk will begin at 6:30p.m.
Refreshments will be served
“In the midst of all the turmoil and rampant violence happening around the country, I think it is imperative that we all identify creative strategies to counter negative energy with life-affirming interventions. For the past two years, I have been collecting short audio clips from men recounting personal moments of happiness. I have recorded some of these men smiling as long as they can before it becomes unbearable. My goal is to compose a series of enigmatic and endearing living portraits that stitch together the lives of a diverse group of people using their own words.”
Accompanying the video project will be large portraits from the people Thomas encounters during the residency. The palette will consist of naturalistic tones transitioning to bluish monochromatic tones.
This summer, the Power Plant Gallery, an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, inaugurates a residency program for individual artists and artist groups. Three separate one-month public studio residencies will be held in June, July, and August at the 1,500-square-foot gallery, located at the historic American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham.
A laboratory for documentary and experimental art practices, the Power Plant Gallery promotes creative work while engaging with audiences through the transformative power of the arts in society. In this spirit, the gallery will hold open hours Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. during the summer residencies to foster public interest in the art-making process, not just the final product. Artists-in-residence will be encouraged to engage with the public during open hours, exploring the full relationship between artist and audience, and will have full access to the gallery space during the rest of the week.