For this month-long 12 x 12 exhibition, artist Lee Walton will lead weekly surprise art experiences at SECCA on Thursday evenings from 6-8PM.

Lee Walton

Central to these experiences is the public who comes to participate in an unknown spectacle and a pair of customized goggles worn by one participant. The goggles open and close mechanically, revealing a temporary moment, bookended before and after by pure darkness. A guide remotely opens the shutter of the goggles for the person wearing them. Like an on and off switch, spontaneous moments are framed for all to see. Lee Walton's Glimpse heightens our awareness of what can happen in a micro moment.

Often regarded as an 'Experientialist,' Lee Walton playfully orchestrates unique encounters and performative interactions through live and virtual exchanges. Part inventor, part social engineer, Walton asks us to reconsider our relationship to our everyday experience and to each other.

The Glimpse goggles were designed in collaboration with Derek Toomes.

About 12 X 12

12 x 12 artist salon series presents 12 artists from North Carolina, the 12th State.

The twelve artists in the series represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. At salon events, each artist will share ideas and processes of their studio practice in the midst of recent, new, or site-specific work presented in SECCA's Preview Gallery. Each artist will discuss their experience first-hand, inviting the public to ask questions and to engage in conversation. Like a studio visit, these salon events are a social space for the discovery and discussion, providing invaluable feedback to artists and insights to those who come to experience them.

Discussions allow audience members to view art making in a social space rather than a more formal, museum exhibition. Each mini-exhibition is on view for one month, and functions as a pop-up. The series schedule consists of three exhibitions per spring and fall seasons in 2016 and 2017, beginning March 1st, 2016. At the end of the salons, a group exhibition in our Potter Gallery will bring together all twelve artists.

12 x 12 gives artists from across North Carolina a public platform for continued artistic development and recognition in the place where they live and work, and beyond. At the same time, the series aims to push conversation around contemporary art forward and to consider the significance of localism as a curatorial framework. What does it mean to these artists to be working in the South and Southeast today, especially after the Internet and Globalization?

The 12 x 12 artists were selected by Cora Fisher (Curator of Contemporary Art, SECCA) and four guest jurors: Linda Dougherty (Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art); Lia Newman (Director and Curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College); Marshall Price (Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University); and Mary Anne Redding (Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts).

An arts initiative sponsored by the Flow Foundation