Our closing Looking Local profile is appropriately based on the topic of memory, and it’s our great pleasure to feature Corry Arnold's Drawing the Line and Nestor Gil's Alan 3:11.
“Nostalgia appears to be a longing for a place, but it is actually a yearning for a different time— the time of our childhood, the slower rhythms of our dreams.” - Svetlana Boym, Nostalgia and Its Discontents.
Corry Arnold’s Drawing the Line is a portfolio of photographs taken in 2011 and 2012 while attempting to relocate from her home in New York City to Denmark. For "Looking Local" Corry turned the photographs into postcards then mailed them to Danish writer/ musician Kristian Finne Kristensen so that he could contribute a series of texts that explore imaginative homes and childhood memories. The postcards were returned to the States- First to NYC, then to Sea Farm City headquarters in Los Angeles, and finally to New Orleans to be exhibited. Each time the postcards traveled they accrued the markings of their journey- Creating a powerful record of the changes that come with traveling place to place, from one time to another.
Nestor Gil’s Alan 3:11 is an extension of his larger archival project dedicated to the life and work of Southern poet and rabble-rouser Alan Justiss. The piece’s most prominent component is a wall clock that permanently reads 3:11 - the time that Nestor first learned of Justiss’ passing. The clock is paired with a looped recording of Alan reading the final line of his poem Is Yours. Uniting the two components is a barely visible transcript of the full poem; a ghostly counterpoint to the visceral presence of Alan’s defiant voice. When experienced as a whole Alan 3:11 is alive in away that most memorials are not. While time stands still and it's the voice of the poet that moves us forward.
To see a full transcript of Alan's poem Is Yours click here
Sea Farm City would like to thank Antenna Gallery for their support in making Looking Local possible. Their genuine hospitality has meant the world to us.