AXIOM Presents: What Stands Between Us and the Sun
Megan and Murray McMillan
Opening Reception: Friday, October 8th, 2010 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Artists Talk: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media is proud to present its next exhibition, What Stands Between Us and the Sun, the newest project from Rhode Island-based artist team, Megan and Murray McMillan. The exhibition will be opening Friday, October 8, 2010 and running through Saturday, November 27th. The opening reception will take place on October 8th from 6-9pm with an artist talk following on Tuesday, November 9, 7-9pm.
What Stands Between Us and the Sun is a new photo, installation, and video project. In a warehouse in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the McMillans built an artificial lake in an invented world where performers alter the lake’s structure to fabricate an eclipse of the sun. The work shown at Axiom will be an installation containing video, photography and elements that are made from, and refer to, the set created in Rhode Island.
Megan and Murray McMillan have been collaborating since 2002. Their projects begin with the building of a theatrical set, acting as a stage for video and photography production. The moving compositions use an elegant, loosely narrative language of dolly shots, fluid camera movements, and ethereal theatrical lighting. The resulting video is shown as part of a related installation that employs the visual and thematic elements from the original set. The viewer is transported, linked from the gallery installation in the present, to the images that represent the project’s formation and concept. Each element of their projects – the set, photographic documentation, the installation, the filmed performance – all work collaboratively as well as stand on their own as individual works.
Megan McMillan (b. 1975, Dallas, TX) has a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Murray McMillan (b. 1973, Dallas, TX) has a MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. The McMillans have been artists in residence in Barcelona, Los Angeles, Tzia and Athens, Greece and Turku and Kokar, Finland. They have exhibited at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia and the Kunsthallen Brandts Museum in Odense, Denmark. They are represented by Qbox Gallery in Athens, Greece.