MobileIntent: Pompeii 2079, Relics and Possibility
October 31 - November 28, 2016
The Reynolds Gallery presents, MobileIntent: Pompeii 2079, Relics and Possibility sculptural works and an interactive installation by Northern California artist Ann Schnake, on view October 31 through November 28, 2016. Gallery reception and presentation by the artist, Thursday November 17, 6 - 8 p.m., Room 209, Jeannette Powell Art Center. The public is invited to this free event.
Schnake's traveling project Pompeii 2079, Relics and Possibility stages a hypothetical interactive experience looking backward and forward from the year 2079. In this exhibition, fragments of a 21st century carbonized world are cast in cement. Using the ancient city of Pompeii and cement as metaphors for seeing and thinking about our world, Schnake uses cement, first made with lime and volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius during the Roman empire (the "fixative" that froze the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy in 79 AD) to examine the terrain between science and art: "what does a carbonized globe mean in both geophysical and poetic terms? Schnake uses cement's historical significance to explore our current global and ecological challenges. Pompeii's citizens anticipated the volcano's eruption but did not understand its devastating power or the consequences. Pompeii 2079 asks the visitor how we might consider our current dilemma with a carbon intensive environment against the span of history and how we might reimagine our future around resource conservation and social cooperation.
University of the Pacific and Little, Jennifer, "MobileIntent: Pompeii 2079, Relics and Possibility" (2016). Reynolds Gallery Exhibits Archive. 50.