NC Literary Review: Winter 2024 edition
WALSH/BLAZING artwork paired with poem by Duncan Smith, 2023 Applewhite Poetry Prize Semifinalist
Produced annually by East Carolina University and NC Literary and Historical Association.
Uproar Festival of Public Art
WALSH/BLAZING: Changing Worlds Now
Eno Arts Mill, Hillsborough, NC / July 14-August 12, 2023
This interactive, multimedia projection highlights the personal impacts of climate change through a unique, storytelling art experience. Uproar Festival of Public Art showcases 60 large-scale, bold works of art throughout the downtown areas of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough.
WALSH/BLAZING Featured Artists
A/perture Cinema, Winston-Salem NC / August 2022
The Picture Card Series is a program that showcases the digital presentation of work from North Carolina visual artists on the a/perture screens as a prelude to every theatrical presentation. Their 2022 artist selection showcases diverse works of high merit from across the state. The overarching goal of the program is to use the a/perture screens to generate more exposure and engagement with NC artists. Following their premiere month on screen, their digital program is now available on the a/perture website.
Meredith College, Raleigh NC
Jenny Blazing and Carin Walsh: Turning Point
Weems Gallery / September 2 – October 1, 2021
This solo exhibition featured WALSH/BLAZING’s Changing Worlds Now – a multimedia projection installation that highlights the personal impacts of climate change through a unique, storytelling art experience. The exhibition also included 17 paintings, assemblage sculptures, video display, and interactive opportunities for visitors. Exhibit catalog linked below.
View the Artists Talk.
View the Exhibition Catalogue.
Duke University, Durham NC
Enviro-Art Gallery 2021 / April 2021
The work of WALSH/BLAZING was on view in the virtual Enviro-Art Gallery 2021 exhibition designed to inspire environmental stewardship through art. DURMatitis depicts local landmarks in an imagined, graphic novel-styled Durham if our battle to save the environment is lost, and speaks to the looming questions facing humanity when the threat of Covid-19 is finally over. Audio/video collage embedded in retro space heater. Total run time 1min14sec.
Pioneer 2050: Epilogue - collaborative painting - acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, and hand-painted original paper on canvas, 30x40 inches
In the early 1970s, the Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes carried graphic plaques with the hope of encountering extraterrestrials outside our solar system and introducing them to humankind. In Pioneer 2050: Epilogue, WALSH/BLAZING imagine the update carried by a final probe that might be tasked with concluding our story if we fail to take action to adequately stem our climate crisis. Can you decipher the message?
For this work, WALSH/BLAZING employed an iterative process, by which each artist took a turn painting the canvas in their own studio before passing it to the other to continue. The canvas was exchanged between the artists a total of six times over the course of several weeks, during which they never discussed how it was developing, or what direction it should take.
Powerplant Gallery, Durham NC
Art of a Scientist: Bridging the Gap / March 11-28, 2021
The work of WALSH/BLAZING is featured in this exhibit zine. Inspired by Duke’s Amboseli Baboon Research Project, WALSH/BLAZING’s mixed media painting, Generations, presents a layered vista inspired by the baboon research location in Kenya, plus 3-D elements depicting one of the project's many data collection methods. Their accompanying video integrates the WALSH/BLAZING artistic process with actual researcher photos, videos and interviews.
Happening at CCB Plaza, Downtown Durham / June 21, 2019
WALSH/BLAZING were invited to project Changing Worlds: Durham onto 21C Museum Hotel. This 7-min looping video depicts the imagined evolution of local landmarks and challenges residents to confront what’s at stake if our battle to save the environment is lost. This Happening brought together six Durham-based artists for a two-hour collaborative performance. Presented by Justin Tornow, Saba Taj, and Pierce Freelon, with support from Downtown Durham Inc, 21C Museum Hotel and Kontek.
Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke University
Enviro-Art Gallery Showcase / April 2019
WALSH/BLAZING’s free-standing animated video environmental sculpture DURMatitis: Dual Forced Air Heater was on exhibit as part of the Enviro-Art Gallery showcase of professional and student artwork designed to highlight the beauty and struggles of nature. DURMatitis: Dual Forced Air Heater depicts local landmarks in a graphic novel-styled imagined Durham if our battle to save the environment is lost. The work asks what role each of us plays toward that outcome -- Am I the problem or am I the solution? You are one or the other, or both, but you cannot extract yourself from the equation.
April 6 - WALSH/BLAZING gave a presentation about their science-based practice of letting climate communication research findings, focus groups, and viewer input shape their approach to environmental messaging through visual art.
Changing Worlds Now
Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media Symposium
NC State University / March 2019
WALSH/BLAZING shared the evolution of their collaborative practice that includes video, sculpture, and large-scale installation. Based on scientific research, their work is designed to effectively engage the public around environmental issues through unique and personally relevant storytelling art experiences. Their goal is to empower others to speak out about the dire consequences to humankind if we fail to act.
The Bull Meets the Bayou Artist Collective
New Orleans LA & Durham NC / February - June 2018
Changing Worlds: Rear View, a wall-mounted environmental sculpture and video installation by WALSH/BLAZING was on exhibit as part of The Bull Meets the Bayou Artist Collective Exhibit in New Orleans, LA. The entire exhibit then traveled and was on view at The Carrack Modern Art in Durham, NC. Changing Worlds: Rear View, consists of a tablet-sized, video display set within a wall-mounted, distressed, scrap metal assemblage. The looping video montage depicts real environmental disasters projected onto a foreboding, other-worldly paint and collage cityscape. Contrasting audio delivers a woven tapestry of an aging midwestern family’s actual ‘voices of remembrance’ recalling simpler times growing up in the Midwest.
Cameron Gallery, Durham NC
Packaging Space: Presented by Calvin Brett / January-February 2018
WALSH/BLAZING were contributing artists for Packaging Space: Presented by Calvin Brett. This large-scale interactive installation invited visitors to consider all the items our society packs, ships, and discards as a means of defining class and comfort. Through the exercise of gathering scrap items and repackaging boxes, people were asked to consider how all our actions relate and how the trash of one class often becomes the treasure of a lower class, but all discards, regardless, eventually become the contents of landfills. The immersive installation was conceived by Calvin Brett and constructed by a group of artists. WALSH/BLAZING’s Changing Worlds looping video was projected onto the scene as a reminder that the perils of excessive consumption are already upon us.