Dimensions Variable (DV) presents a solo project titled ENDLESSSUMMER by Miami-based artist Erin Thurlow. The exhibition opens on October 22, 2022 and will be ongoing on the Building Exterior.
ENDLESSSUMMER is a direct outgrowth from the LED sign, Alarm, Thurlow installed inside the Dimensions Variable gallery for his solo show in 2020. At the time we discussed the idea of putting that work outside, but opted instead to mount it indoors and have it looping endlessly on the DV website as part of the gallery’s digital works program. The thinking is that, as a sign it should be visible to as many people as possible. Thurlow is now revisiting the idea in a new work. Then, as now, one of his main interests is the way time is experienced as a group phenomenon. Time, as explicitly named in the word “endless”.
There is a lot to say about the idea of an endless summer. It is literally a Florida selling point, as featured on particular state license plates. At the same time, the climate crisis threatens to make it a terrifying, global reality. Despite its supposed charms, The Endless Summer(1966), the surf film from which Thurlow steals the phrase (and Florida bought the licensing rights), can clearly be seen as a Neo-colonialist advertisement for a privileged, American jet-set middle class of the 1960s.
Thurlow’s sign takes the form of an advertisement, too. Placed close to the top of the DV building, the glowing sign resembles a digital sunset, whose light casts a spell under which time expands into a long, strange moment.
Time never stops, but our capacity to understand this, to awaken to its passing and to act, seems increasingly difficult. ENDLESSSUMMER is also an alarm, a warning disguised as a melancholy come-on.
Erin Thurlow, born in Seattle, WA., lives and works in Miami, FL. Thurlow received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (1997) and MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2003). Thurlow works across media to create site-specific works and installations, using found objects and incorporating original and found texts. Equally informed by comedy and horror, his works explore time and the nature of experience through subjects that range from art history to climate change and political upheaval. Solo exhibitions include “Things Were Never the Same Before” (“Dimensions Variable”, Miami, FL, 2020), “An Invisible Man” (“University of Miami Art Gallery”, Miami, FL, 2016) and “The Bermuda Triangle” (Mercer Union, Toronto, ON, 2010). Group exhibitions include, “Phraseology”, Bass Museum, Miami, FL, “After the Fire”, Centre Skol, Montreal, QC, “Heat Island” at Smackmellon (Brooklyn, NY, 2011) and “All the Right Moves” at Kienzle Art Foundation (Berlin, DE, 2016). He has received grants and other funding from Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, Joan Mitchel Foundation (2010), the N.E.A. (2014), Ontario Arts Council (2009) and Toronto Arts Council (2008). Fellowships and residencies include Banff Center (Banff, AB, 2011), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2010), three-walls (Chicago, IL, 2011), and Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY, 2011).