Micah Stansell: The Water and The Blood
2010/2011 Working Artist Project (WAP)
Exhibition Dates: August 27 – December 3, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, August 26th / Artist Talk: Thursday, September 15th
The MOCA GA 2010/2011 Working Artist Project selected by Allison Unruh, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis.
Creative Loafing / The daring, ambitious, heartfelt creativity of Micah & Whitney
Creative Loafing / Images: Gallery opening, The Water and The Blood” by Dustin Chambers
About Micah Stansell
Micah Stansell (b. 1979 in Griffin, Georgia) is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and installation artist. He received an MFA in Digital Filmmaking and the Arts from Georgia State University. Stansell’s work has been experienced in cities including Beijing, Vienna, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta in galleries, museums, contemporary art centers, and film festivals around the world. Stansell has also worked as a cinematographer with artists on projects and installations that have been exhibited locally and internationally. The multi-channel video installation entitled Presynaptic Potential was shown at Le Flash Atlanta 2009 and at MOCA GA in 2010, and the multi-channel Between You and Me was featured as the centerpiece of Atlanta’s FLUX 2010. Stansell has received several awards for his work including a Special Jury Prize for Innovative Film making at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival, 2009 Cinematography Award Next Frame Film Festival, and a 2008 Student Academy Award Nomination for his graduate work. Micah lives in historic College Park, Georgia with his wife Whitney and son Ezra.
About the Water and the Blood
“Micah Stansell’s work explores ideas of family history, narrative traditions, and binary relationships that pull from contemporary issues influenced and informed by environment and location. Much of Stansell’s interest in narrative stems from the rich Southern tradition of storytelling. The genesis of the The Water and The Blood is a family story, and that story makes up the core narrative event, but most of the elements surrounding this core event have been imagined, or pieced together from remembrances of hearing the story told. The work is as much about the idea of remembering, and imagining, and seeing as it is about any single event. The work possesses a level of openness to the narrative that allows the viewer to access the work in their own way, and bring their own context to bear on the reading of the intentionally spare narrative. The artist says of his work, “Most of my work is structured around ideas of relationships or pairings (such as memory/history, man/woman, urban/rural, past/present)…how these pairings are simultaneously opposite and complement.”
– Micah Stansell