|Burlington, VT (October 19, 2018): Burlington City Arts announces two new exhibitions at the BCA Center, Tectonic Industries: Dreams Can Come True (If It’s Not Working For You, You’re Not Doing It Right) and Pauline Jennings: Becoming Human. The exhibition opens tonight, Friday, October 19, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibitions will be on display until February 9, 2019.|
Tectonic Industries is a collaborative art partnership based in Portland, Maine. Through sculptural installation, instructional videos, surveys, and interactive activities that engage visitors, Tectonic Industries examines the inherent artifice of our belief systems shaped by popular culture. In Dreams Can Come True, the artists provide video questionnaires that offer to address and solve visitors’ most pressing problems, and thus help them to begin living the “life of their dreams.” Guided by a series of instructions, visitors navigate the installation in search of self-actualization which can be manifested in one of six models they can build and leave in the gallery. Balancing wry amusement with critical reflection, Dreams Can Come True is an immersive arts experience that reveals our collective, endless search for concrete answers and endeavor for self-improvement.
Tectonic Industries is a collaborative art partnership of the Danish artist Lars Boye Jerlach and the British artist Helen Stringfellow. The members met in Edinburgh College of Art whilst both pursuing MFA’s in Sculpture. Recognizing overlaps in ideals and approaches to artmaking, they began collaborating in 1999. They moved from Europe to the USA in 2001 and were based in Minneapolis for 11 years. After living in Auckland, New Zealand for sixteen months, the duo returned to the United States in January 2014 and now live and work in Portland, Maine.
In her solo exhibition, Becoming Human, Pauline Jennings critiques the dichotomous relationship forming between human and wild in the Anthropocene era. Her three-channel video and sound installation The Air Connects Us, captures two dancers’ chaotic search for nourishing connection in the urban landscape of Shanghai.
Pauline Jennings’ Becoming Human was directed by Double Vision choreographer and co-Artistic Director Pauline Jennings. Becoming Human is a collaboration with Calvin Aham and Joshua Lacourse (movement), Sean Clute (music composition), Jessica Gomula (video direction), Stefan Jacobs (lighting design), Amy Nielson (costume design), Allen Hahn (cinematography), Jack B. Du (photography).
Currently based in Jericho, VT, Pauline Jennings teaches dance at Saint Michael’s College. With her MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Mills College, she returned as a Visiting Artist for the Mills College Dance Department’s Repertory Dance Company in 2008-2009 and has lectured and taught master classes at the University of Applied Arts (Vienna), University of California at Berkeley, Arizona State University, Amherst College, Dartmouth College, University of Maine, College of Santa Fe, and University of New Mexico.
Becoming Humanis the second installment of Project Vermont, a new series dedicated to experimentation by providing a setting for contemporary Vermont artists to push their artistic practice while creating new work. Through visual, performance, and interdisciplinary exploration, Project Vermont supports emerging and established artists to explore new ideas and challenges, enables innovation, and fosters engagement between audience and artist.
BCA Exhibitions are funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.