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Block2 Gallery

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Hours Current Exhibtion Call For Video Artists Gallery History

Raleigh Art's Block2 Video Series is a visual platform for video, digital and new media artists. Viewed after dark, the changing videos aim to expand a viewer's notion of what visual art is and introduce the community to new artists, ideas and experimental mediums.

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    Stacy Bloom Rexrode
    Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
    stacy.bloom-rexrode@raleighnc.gov
    919-996-4687

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    Market Plaza
    233 Fayetteville St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601

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    Hours

    On display every night from sundown to 3 a.m.

    Current Exhibtion

    A still from Adaptation Fever by Hồng-Ân Trương of a woman looking to the left, scared.

    ADAPTATION FEVER
    4 single-channel videos, black and white with sound, 21 minutes.
    Hồng-Ân Trương

    Jan. 31 - March 22, 2020
    On display every night from sundown to 3 a.m. and each First Friday

    Exploring the history of French and American colonialism in Vietnam, these videos use found historical footage – all shot on or before 1954, the year that marked the end of French occupation but the beginning of U.S. involvement – to consider postcolonial subjectivity and nostalgia, and the uneasy division between the “mythic” and the “real” past. Playing with the notion that nostalgia can be evoked without memory or experience (but through the experience of images and the imaginary landscape of images), the videos suggest the co-dependent relationship between the West’s present and the Other’s desire for that present-modernity.

    The archive is approached through the double, where colonial sound and scenes are mirrored against each other, split, and repeated. Bifurcated screens and juxtaposition become simple techniques whereby the “real” and by extension, its historical referent, are permanently deferred objects, further diminished through the overdubbed narratives in Vietnamese or French.  Much of the footage suggests the impact of Catholicism, which, unlike the vestiges of colonialism left on the Vietnamese social landscape in the form of architecture, cuisine, and street names, instead marks the body: a transcendent and mystical stain made corporeal. The historical trace asks: What happens when the Other becomes a specter from within? 

    Learn more about Hồng-Ân Trương.


    Call For Video Artists

    If you are interested in submitting material to be considered please contact Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.

    View all current artist calls.


    Gallery History

    Raleigh Art's Block2 Video Series is a visual platform for video, digital and new media artists. Viewed after dark, the changing videos aim to expand a viewer's notion of what visual art is and introduce the community to new artists, ideas and experimental mediums. Block2 is an extension of the Miriam Preston Block Gallery, which showcases changing exhibitions of local artists in the Raleigh Municipal Building.

    The sculptural projection screen, titled "Sway", was designed and fabricated by Raleigh public artist Matt McConnell. Cary-based AVCON, Inc., an audio-visual engineering/design firm provided the expertise and equipment for projecting large-scale imagery.

    The Block2 Video Series aims to create an environment for visual splendor. We hope you will take a moment to look, listen and enjoy.

    Originally viewed in a street-level window at the corner of Fayetteville and Hargett Streets, Block2 was relocated on a larger visual scale to Market Plaza as a part of a vision to redevelop and activate an originally underutilized space.

    See the full list of past exhibited artists.