Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Shedding Some Light on an Abandoned Building at 82 S. Main

Do Artists Robin Salant and Terance Brown Hold the Secret to Life Itself?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM

click to enlarge Terance Brown and Robin Salant
  • Terance Brown and Robin Salant
I've got a mini-feature in this week's issue of The Memphis Flyer about artists Robin Salant and Terance Brown who are turning the abandoned building at 82 S. Main into an interactive, multi-story art installation. Instead of repeating that story here, I'll link it as soon as it comes on line. (LINK) But here's the short version.
Salant and Brown want to give the empty building a pulse. More than that, they want that pulse to respond to external stimulus, like an actual human heartbeat. 
It's great to watch how projects like "Urban Meridians" and Salant's previous solar-powered work at Sears Crosstown, can capture imaginations and change the way people think about and respond to big, empty spaces. It's also fun going into old buildings before they're revitalized, just to see what's left over from its previous lives. 
This Friday night at 8:30 Salant and Brown will flip the switch on "Urban Meridians," and 82 S. Main will start working hard to get your attention by lighting up, throbbing with light, and mysteriously knocking against its own ground floor windows (thanks to industrial fans and ball-pit balls). In the meantime, here are a handful of images from inside one of Main Street's empty containers
click to enlarge Urban decay or Jackson Pollock?
  • Urban decay or Jackson Pollock?
click to enlarge Going up?
  • Going up?
click to enlarge Heartbeats illustrated.
  • Heartbeats illustrated.
click to enlarge Still life with ladder.
  • Still life with ladder.
click to enlarge Corner office
  • Corner office
click to enlarge Hot tin roof. Well, ceiling anyway.
  • Hot tin roof. Well, ceiling anyway.
click to enlarge Solar lighting.
  • Solar lighting.
click to enlarge Rigging.
  • Rigging.
click to enlarge Tile.
  • Tile.
click to enlarge More modern decay.
  • More modern decay.
click to enlarge View from the top part 1.
  • View from the top part 1.
click to enlarge View from the top part 2.
  • View from the top part 2.
click to enlarge Elevator operator
  • Elevator operator
click to enlarge Going down
  • Going down

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