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
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.
For more information, go to http://location1.org.
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