“The Mobile: Composition in Motion” coming to The Carrack Modern Art

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Carin Walsh and Jerry Huff are organizers of this upcoming hanging mobile show, in addition to being self-professed mobile nerds. And they’re convinced they’re not alone. Huff is a software engineer working in RTP and Walsh is an artist and Durham arts community volunteer. Both reside in Durham.

Mobiles infuse a sense of life into their surroundings with gentle motion driven merely by air current, suspension and the proportions of weight and distance. There is no front, no back, and no single viewer experience.

“The Mobile: Composition in Motion” is an open-call, juried exhibition of hanging or standing mobiles on view November 9-19 at The Carrack Modern Art in downtown Durham. There is no entry fee and submissions are being accepted now through August 7.

In 2012, the exhibit “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy” at the Nasher Museum of Art opened and was the catalyst that inspired both of us — independently — to try making mobiles. Over the years, we’ve met others who were similarly inspired. It’s almost like something no one mentions until someone mentions it.

Calder undoubtedly propelled mobiles into the public lexicon. For over half a century he dominated the art form — and did so with such genius — that his prominence may have hindered the art form itself from evolving. Even today, one is hard pressed to find mobile designs that aren’t Calder-like.

This open call for art encourages mobile experimentation beyond Calder — hopefully way beyond. The jury panel is looking for submissions that are innovative and push boundaries in terms of material, form and construction. We’re really hoping to see mobiles like nothing we’ve seen before and we’re certainly encouraging participation regardless of any previous mobile making experience. Mobile making tips are even included on the exhibition website.

Several artists and designers working in unexpected media have reached out to us, and that’s got us excited. Sculpture in motion has a way of transforming a space and our goal is to produce a mobile exhibition that truly delivers a unique and intriguing visitor experience.

We couldn’t ask for a more perfect blend of talent and expertise than that of our exhibition jurors, each of whom brings a wealth of knowledge creating art, curating art and designing exhibits and art experiences:

— Daniel Gottlieb, North Carolina Museum of Art
— Ellen Cassilly, Ellen Cassilly Architect
— Jeffrey Bell, 21c Museum Durham
— Laura Ritchie, The Carrack Modern Art

Mobiles submitted to this juried show must either hang from the ceiling, include their own floor stand or sit atop a pedestal. Size is restricted only by a 12 foot ceiling and the ability to fit through a standard doorway. Artists, architects, engineers and designers of any kind are encouraged to submit work. [See website for full submission details.]

The Carrack is a zero-commission community art space and therefore 100% of any sale proceeds go directly to the artist. Entry deadline is August 7.

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