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FAC Artist Talk featuring Thomas Faison

The Frederick Arts Council will be hosting a screening and artist talk in accompaniment with Thomas Faison’s installation Phase Change: Act I on February 23rd at 3 pm at New Spire Stages, 15 W Patrick St.

The Frederick Arts Council Pop-Up Gallery, located at 11 W. Patrick, will be open for visitors from 12 – 8. The film will screen in full at 3 pm followed by discussion lead by the artist, diving into the processes, themes, and aspirations behind the work.

Phase Change is a living, evolving installation; a three act visual story of disaster, transformation, and hope. The story of water, steam, ice, and us articulated through a hybrid of video, sculpture, and music, hybrids of these mediums.

The film stages a loose, allegoric narrative, acting as a magnifying glass as the line between natural and societal processes grows thin. The voices detail personal, cultural, and social relationships within the hydrosphere. The variance in these stories lends itself to insights into water as a multiplicity: something that is holy, political, nourishing, fearsome, essential.

It is in moments of transition where one can find true becoming. Liquid evaporating to gas, a city turning to moss, a person discovering shelter–examining these processes of change provides insights into the creative force of difference as we work towards not just individual transformation but the transformation of the collective Us.

FAC’s Pop-Up Gallery Installation by Thomas Faison 
“Phase Change”
Gallery hours:
Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Saturdays in February 12pm-8pm
Starting in March Saturdays by Appointment
11 W. Patrick Street
This new installation, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts at FAC’s pop-up gallery, will make use of a variety of media from video art, sculpture, music, and more to explore questions surrounding climate change, cultural relationships with water, disasters, transformation, and how to survive.
From “Memento Mori” flood simulator project

Artist Thomas Faison is a filmmaker and installation artist living and working in Baltimore, though he is a Frederick native. He returned in early 2018 for a solo show, entitled “Unified Dissonance,” at the Blue Elephant Gallery in the Griffin Art Center, and his films have been featured in film showcases and festivals in Baltimore, Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Frederick. His installation artwork has been featured in artist run spaces throughout Baltimore and he is the co-founder of the Baltimore Student Film Showcase, now operating within the Maryland Film Festival.

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