Solo Show “Midway” at Ruffin Gallery

January 25-February 19, 2010
Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia
(Charlottesville, VA)

“Midway” is created from footage and images captured at state and county fairs in Indiana and South Carolina. Multi-channel videos examine the impromptu performances, staged competitions and visceral revelations that attendees experience while riding Carnival rides. Sound for these videos is by Ted Coffey. The show also consists of photographs that document the desolate stages and booths at the peripheries of these fairs.

Final Friday Opening Reception: January 29, 5:30-7:30
Artist Talk: February 17, 5:30 (Campbell 160)

Gallery Hours and Location:
9-5, M-F

179 Culbreth Road
3rd Floor, Ruffin Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Gravitron, 2010 (4 minutes)

Included in the show:

- Pharoah’s Fury – 2 channel 9′ x 9′ projections
Opposing projections exploring performance and competition in Pirate Ship rides.

- Gravitron – 2 channel high-definition video
Found choreography by non-dancers as they resist and capitulate to Gravity.

- Feuerball – 4 channel video sculpture
Immersive videos that examine that moment when play and terror intermingle.

- 3 digital photographs taken at the Porter County Fair.


Download Poster/Flyer: aaronhenderson_midway_ruffin.pdf (500KB)


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Aaron Henderson’s videos and installations examine the ways that humans move. Recent projects examine the personal, cultural and political ramifications of all action, from intimate gestures to displays of super-human acrobatics.

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