At The Mint, Jonathan Schipper’s ‘Slow Room’ slowly destroys itself

"Slow Room" by Jonathan Schipper is slowing being pulled together by a winch behind the wall.
“Slow Room” by Jonathan Schipper is slowing being pulled together by a winch behind the wall. Shot 6/18/17. See a image from about 6 weeks ago below. (David Boraks photo)

Went back the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte Sunday to see the “State of the Art” show, and specifically the latest action on Jonathan Schipper’s “Slow Room.” This carefully arranged room of furniture has seen big changes since my last visit in April. All the objects are connected by strings to a winch hidden behind the fall that’s slowly pulling the room together – and destroying the room.

In the original show announcement, “Slow Room” was described this way:

For Schipper, this is a metaphor for the gradual progress and ultimate end of life; the slow lapse of time keeps us unaware of gradual changes made to our minds and bodies throughout our lifetimes.

There’s still 2 1/2 months to go in the show, which means a lot more destruction to come. “State of the Art” runs through Sept. 3 at the Mint Museum Uptown.

RELATED LINKS

April 19, 2017, WFAE.org, “‘Slow Room’ Pulls Viewers Into A World Of Creativity And Destruction” – My WFAE colleague Sarah Delia interviewed Schipper before the show opened, to learn more about the work.

JonathanSchipper.com

April 6, 2017, MintMuseum.org, “‘State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now’ to debut at Mint Museum Uptown April 22”

Jonathan Schipper's "Slow Room" as it appeared April 30. (David Boraks photo)
Jonathan Schipper’s “Slow Room” as it appeared April 30. (David Boraks photo)
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