The house has gone down and the lamps are out
A new multi-media installation for the Burchfield Penney Art Center opening July 14th, 2017
On display July 14–September 24, 2017

The title of the installation is a variation on the opening lines of James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a collaboration with photographer Walker Evans, which stylistically mediated on dirt poor southern tenet farmers during the Great Depression. His fearful, outsider narration opens with: “The house had now descended…. All over Alabama the lamps are out.”

Featuring a four-channel video installation surrounding the viewer, the piece was created by light-painting an abandoned plantation house deep in the woods of North Carolina to capture hundreds of still images that were used to build animated sequences. Reflecting the spherical structure of the narrative in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the piece uses the themes of the book and the motivations of its authors as a starting point and illustrates an environment of fear and distrust from the 1930s to our present.
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