Potter-Belmar Labs Studio Liquidation
Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens, the collaborative duo also known as Potter-Belmar Labs, are hosting a studio liquidation this Sunday, August 7, from noon to 4pm. The artists are “deaccessioning lots of items from the PBL studios” at 536 Roosevelt Avenue in San Antonio.
Leslie is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she started the New Media Program in the Department of Art & Art History. She recently accepted a position at Oakland University (outside Pontiac) in Michigan. Leslie and her partner Jason, who works in exhibition design, will be relocating to Detroit this summer with their daughter. (Jason was also Artpace’s Spring 2008 Semester Program artist, collaborating with students from Fox Tech High School on a public art project.)
San Antonio’s loss is definitely Detroit’s gain.
Potter-Belmar Labs’s Thirteen Views in Arid Lands is featured as Artpace‘s 11.2 Window Works exhibition, currently on view. For their Main Avenue window installation, the artists photographed 360-degree spans of Southwestern American landscapes, using a camera mounted on a robotic rotating tripod head that they designed, built, and programmed to capture time-lapsed, panoramic views. The results are two 32-minute videos, played on a loop and spliced with occasional texts from journal entries of United States soldiers searching for the last free Apaches in the Southwest during the 1880s. Projected inside two custom-built, penny arcade-inspired cabinets, the videos resemble traditional Chinese landscape meditation scrolls.
Thirteen Views in Arid Lands is on view at Artpace through September 11. We didn’t think we’d be bidding the artists farewell, too, at the end of the exhibition. We’re sorry to see you go, Leslie and Jason, but CONGRATULATIONS, and we wish you and your family the very best!
Image credit: Potter-Belmar Labs, I Am Curious (Remix), 2010. Photo by Leticia Rocha-Zivadinovic