Thomas Sayre's artmaking process blends art and science, addresses the past and future, and joins the natural and manmade in a sometimes dangerous dance of gravity and grace.
Bringing the North Carolina artist's massive sculptress out of the earth is always collaborative, involving whole communities and many individuals who might not otherwise meet. The
artmaking process begins with thoughtful conversations among citizens and elected officials about the work that they aim to commission and the messages to be conveyed. This experience of give-and-take flies in the face of the stereotype of the artist as a lone maverick or misanthrope. Indeed, when he is most successful, the pleasure of creation is broadly shared, and relationships endure.
The documentary Earthcaster explores these themes and is being shown on public television, at film festivals, and special events across the country. Because Sayre's installations are so large and far-flung, the medium of film is the only way to capture a comprehensive retrospective of his most unusual and dramatic work.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Film screening followed by Q&A and optional guided visits to art exhibition. Planned in partnership with The Collider; beer provided by Oskar Blues.