The North Wind and the Sun.
The North Wind and the Sun
Power Plant Gallery
June 17–August 15, 2014
Artist’s Reception, Friday, August 15, 2014, 5–8pm
The North Wind and the Sun, by North Carolina native Cathy McLaurin, presents an on-going investigation of her rural hometown of Siler City through video, photographs, and mixed media installation. In this exhibition McLaurin explores the closing of the Townsend poultry processing plant and nearly concurrent unveiling of the new town slogan, “Delightfully Unexpected.” In the rebranding, Siler City, whose population is more than 50 percent Latino, and almost 20 percent African American, is compared to the fictional town of Mayberry (population 98 percent Caucasian), from The Andy Griffith Show television series, which was set in the late 1960s. Aunt Bee, a character in the show, is featured as the town mascot.
McLaurin’s work examines this significant economic and demographic transition in Siler City while also questioning the meaning of home. As McLaurin writes: “Mining my personal history and that of my chicken-farming family is a method of engaging with and reacting to an industry in order to peel back its veneer, revealing networks, power, desire, and histories that combine with historical and contemporary issues of race, immigration, and agribusiness.”
Read more about The North Wind and the Sun on the artist’s website.