GETAWAY :: Elizabeth Withstandley
On View :: Fri. Feb. 11th, 2022 - Sun. Mar. 6th, 2022
Installation by Elizabeth Withstandley featuring music by Francis Lung and a story by Brian Wilson
On view: Friday Feb 11th – Sunday March 6th
Opening Reception: FRIDAY Feb 11th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Daily hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 5:00
Getaway is a 10 channel video installation that explores various identities and meanings of the word getaway. The project uses the backdrop of a tragic event that occurred at the Everglades in the mid-1990s to explore a misinterpreted land. The installation features a 30 minute audio track that includes the song Getaway written by Walter Hyatt. A cover of the song was commissioned for the project from the U.K. based musician, Francis Lung. The audio track also features a new interpretation of the song “Love” by Mica Levi from the film “Under the Skin” to match the speed of the slow motion in the video. The videos enable the viewer to take a cinematic journey through the land focusing on escape, death, and disappearance while the audio track explores the idea of humans as individuals in the vast landscape of the universe.
The exhibition includes a short publication also titled Getaway that is an additional component of the experience. The publication is presented as an artifact. It includes a narrative story by the Northern Irish writer Brian Wilson. The narrative was generated from a web based project called “They Walk Amongst Us”. The writer was given no information other than what was available on the website (theywalkamongstus.org) to generate the narrative. The content was slowly released over a 10 day period, allowing the information to be gradually absorbed and resulting in another interpretation of getaway.
Getaway was produced following a residency at Everglades National Park, 2021, Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE).
Elizabeth Withstandley is the recipient of the 2020 Antenna (Inter)National Open Call