The New York artist will premier a video installation influenced by unmanned vehicles that explore the surface of distant worlds the video Terrestrial takes place in a residential apartment. Scattered on the floor are quotidian materials extracted from the artist's lexicon that surveys the lower regions of space. Designed with special entrance doors to the Screening Room, two sculptural works accompany the single channel video.
Oliver uses prosaic objects like tea kettles, light bulbs and umbrellas to evoke poetic associations between physical materials and abstract ideas. Both introspective and transformative, Oliver's practice investigates the cosmos from the vantage point of the artist's studio and the space of the gallery.
Demetrius Oliver's works have been featured in exhibitions at the Renaissance Society (Chicago), Roberts and Tilton (Los Angeles), the Studio Museum in Harlem, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, the High Line, Inman Gallery (Houston), D'Amelio Terras, Light Works (Syracuse) and Arndt and Partner (Berlin).
The exhibition is curated by Franklin Art Works' Director, Tim Peterson.
Saturday, May 11 from 6 to 8pm