OFF THE RADAR presents ENDEC
an installation from Eric Pickersgill
January 16th from 6-9pm
Bldg 3 @ Goldenbelt
This month’s OFF THE RADAR artist, Eric Pickersgill, has created a whopper of an installation, titled ENDEC, extending more than 70′ with over 100 images and audio derived from his grandfather’s autobiographical 8mm films. Using an elaborate digitization and editing process, Eric unpacks memory, family, and the role of photography as relates to documenting personal history.
Endec is an installation that is the product of engaging with and digitizing my grandfather’s 8mm films. In an attempt to preserve his archive of home movies I began projecting my grandfathers films and digitally recording the moving image. Hours were spent watching his films while transferring several hundreds of feet of film to compact digital objectless files. I made many observations about photography, moving image, the compulsion to document ones own experience, as well as the learned behavior that is associated with being recorded. In an attempt to synthesize these observations I set out to mash up the forms and mediums that I was using to alter these distant memories of my grandfathers past.
The digitization of 8mm film through the process of scanning an LCD display while it is playing transferred 8mm film speaks about this imperfect form of audio-less film as well as touch upon my ideas of the ways these mediums have affected societies relationship to photography. The seventy-foot long print pulls images from my grandfather’s films where scenes appeared still framed and subjects held themselves in place while smiling as if they were having a single still photograph made. By slowing down or speeding up the video of the films I have control over the amount of distortion that occurs when making a flatbed scan of the monitor. As opposed to showing the static compressions of film individually, I decided that they should take on a linear form that would encompass almost the entire gallery space. The long assembly of images relates the still compressions to linear time in a way that also implies a sense of ongoing accumulation and progression. The long print and the presence of the photographs of the illuminated film and canisters come together with audio that moves the two-dimensional work into an installation experience.
The audio in the space is two channel stereo that functions in two separate ways much like the visual components of the installation do. Stereo left we hear my grandfather reading the transcribed lists that he wrote for many of his films. Stereo right we hear him asking questions to the viewer about the content of the films. The result is a visual and auditory installation that comments on the impulse of vernacular photography, the proliferation of images, mortality, memory, as well as the antiquated and contemporary methods that are predominantly used to mediate the experience of self and historical representation.
ABOUT ERIC PICKERSGILL
I am a 2015 Master of Fine Art candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Instructor of ARTS 356, Introduction to Digital Photography. I was born in Homestead, Florida in 1986 and spent my teenage years in Charlotte, North Carolina. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. Between 2011 and 2013 I was a Charlotte Teach for America Corp Member where I taught Earth and Environmental Science at a low performing urban high school. I am deeply interested in photography; specifically it’s success and failure of transfixing reality. I think it is the artists’ responsibility to navigate what is considered collective knowledge or impressions created through public representation. I am excited by the possibilities of interpreting these memories and then validating and or dismissing them selectively. At my core, I am simultaneously passionate and addicted to my work and am organized to a fault. I love my wife, family, learning, teaching, and making.
ABOUT OFF THE RADAR
Off The Radar is an ongoing series of pop-up exhibits in the artist studios at Goldenbelt. Organized to coincide with Third Friday events, these one-night only exhibitions bring fresh and compelling art to downtown Durham from risk-taking artists typically showing outside our city. Two to three artists chosen from Raleigh, Chapel Hill and the surrounding area set-up in vacant studios and are on-hand for conversation and connection from 6-9pm.
Heather Gordon, studio #133, Bldg 3, Goldenbelt