Sola: A Performative Installation

Sola Aimari

Cady Childs, the Clarion Content’s intrepid Arts and Culture columnist, swung by the Carrack Modern Art this week and has sneak peak at the weekend’s upcoming show.

This Friday the Carrack Modern Art is hosting the opening reception for Aimari (Marissa Bergmann) and Alex Young’s mixed media installation, as part of Durham’s monthly Art Walk. These two young women, both graduates of Duke University, first installed their unique conjunction of graphics, luxe fabrics, body art, and found objects in an apartment they shared during college.

“We’d moved everything out, and it was this great, huge space for us to play with,” Aimari said while sorting through massive stack of painted white branches.

During our visit, the two were installing a parachute like fabric, that was pulled and puckered with string that would be later be connected to a turn-table to make the cotton roof bob and flow on it’s own.

“Our installations are experienced, not just to look at. We want them to feel an intimate experience when they walk through,” Aimari explained. “There’s also a deep connection to trees in this installation, we’ve always collected branches and twigs, and wanted to include that.”

In this town’s growing art scene, it’s easy to get started slowly, with small-scale shows of a young artist’s work, trying out the water before diving in head-first. Instead of taking the easier route, these women are putting their all into an immersive space where the viewer gets to peek inside of their heads, and follow the creative twists and turns found from unexpected objects. The unknowingly haunting, almost ethereal feel of the video and photography released so far of the project is already enough to show these talented young artists made the right choice.

The show runs from March 12—March 22, with the opening reception tomorrow from 7pm to 10 pm. To learn more about the Alex & Aimari’s past projects (and also the amazing photographer behind the haunting flyers you’ve seen around town, Yuma) visit their tumblr here and see quotes and photos from the project and other works by the artists. For further info on the event, visit the Carrack Gallery’s site at here.

Cady Childs is renown for her rapier wit and sharp eye for fashion. As our Creative Director, Childs pulled off great event after great project, from our own Fashion Drive-Bys which Childs styled to reFASHIONED Durham where she crafted a line of clothes, her endeavors have been par excellence. She has covered everyone from LiLa to the Carrack to Runaway Clothes for the Clarion Content.

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