At An Immense Distance was the Sun, Black But Shining

At An Immense Distance Was the Sun, Black But Shining, is the new video and sound-based installation from Nashville based artist Brent Stewart. A Nashville-native, Stewart works predominantly in photography and film. His current work evokes unsettling narratives from what might be a scary movie focusing on a more ethereal and beautiful sensibility.

we are told not to stare at the sun.
and we are not supposed to point the lens of our cameras at the sun for fear of malfunction...
Thoreau had been informed that some fakirs in India deliberately stared at the sun, to render themselves blind, as an expression of their religiosity.

Thoreau's original draft of Walden's last paragraph...

"I do not say that John or Jonathan, that this generation or the next, will realize all this; but such is the character of that morrow which mere lapse of time can never make to dawn. The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star."

and the proposed title of the show comes from a William Blake quote "At an immense distance was the sun, black but shining."

Brent Stewart has had showings in New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and most recently Jackson, Wyoming.  He holds degrees from Goldsmiths College, London and the University of Tennessee and was selected in 2010 as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. His photography has been featured in the Nike sponsored exhibition and published edition: Being True, “22 Years of American Youth”.  His short film, The Dirty Ones, premiered at Sundance Film festival and was produced by film auteur Harmony Korine  and the French fashion designer, agnés b. 


September 7, - October 26, 2013

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Brent Stewart