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Jane Philbrick PULL

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Jane Philbrick: PULL
opening reception 6-8PM

Jane Philbrick's PULL at Location One uses fire alarms to confront today's fear and insecurity

This is PULL, Jane Philbrick's large-scale installation at Location One, which comprises 502 fire alarms, strobes, smoke detectors, siren horns, control panels -- and one customized vintage fire pull station. PULL is about security and fear and power and technology. It is beautiful while disturbing.

PULL will be on view at Location One's main gallery, September 10 to November 8, 2008. The opening is 6 to 8 p.m. September 10.

PULL confronts an America seemingly crippled by fear and uncertainty. Developed in collaboration with 18 engineers from Honeywell's Fire Systems Group, PULL urges viewers to realize their hidden desire to sound the alarm, here in the form of an historic fire call box situated in the center of the gallery space. Once triggered, the work blossoms into a flourish of lights, words and deafening sirens -- a wake up call.

“Like a ventriloquist, Philbrick sends her message through non-human means, a digital narrative that provokes, just as it forces awareness,” says Claire Montgomery, Location One executive director. “She invites viewers to pull her conceptual trigger, and then, as the work plays out, compels them to experience first-hand the tense seductions of power and the often brutal consequences of our anonymous, systemized response to it.”

"The military machine is as beautiful and seductive as it is menacing and intimidating, brilliantly offering in its mass, anonymous order the implicit promise of security as antidote to the very anxiety it instills,” says Philbrick. “The machine prompts fear, we respond defensively, and the consequences vastly exceed scale, local (personal) fear, and global response." and global response."

Jane Philbrick is an artist working with language. She is currently an International Fellow at Location One and an artist research affiliate at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, where she is developing a solo exhibition for the Skissernas Museum for Public Art in Lund, Sweden, opening in 2009. Philbrick developed PULL while an artist in residence at Honeywell's Fire Systems Group. This exhibition was curated for Location One by Eric C. Shiner. Special thanks to Wanas Foundation, Sweden.
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OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 6–8PM
(open to the public)

ARTIST TALK: Wednesday, September 17, 7PM
Jane Philbrick in conversation with MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish

EXHIBITION DATES: September 10–November 8, 2008

HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 12–6PM
Free admission, Open to the public

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LOCATION ONE is a not-for-profit art center devoted to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange, and expanding the capabilities of our artists. We invite artists from different countries, working in a variety of mediums, to experiment with diverse means of expression/technology and engage with audiences through exhibitions and public programs.