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Sanctuary Series: Dylan Gauthier’s “highwatermarks” Advanced Video Screening   

Join us for an evening in the Sanctuary with Brooklyn-based artist Dylan Gauthier, currently Artist-in-Residence at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Over the past decade, combining visual, participatory/social, and sound-based work, Dylan Gauthier has made a practice of exploring the often complex relationship between communities and their local waterways. As part of the boatbuilding collective Mare Liberum, which he co-founded in Brooklyn in 2007, he has built boats and explored urban streams from the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek and Hudson Rivers in New York, to the Susquehanna, Brandywine and Delaware Rivers in Pennsylvania, the Charles River in Boston, the Olentangy River in Ohio and the Canal St. Martin in Paris.

As part of his residency, he has been filming a multichannel video installation piece called highwatermarks that will be on view at the museum from October 7 to January 7. Part ethnographic film, part hydrographic work of speculative geography, highwatermarks will transform the museum’s third-floor gallery into an immersive, 4K video installation that follows the path of the Brandywine River from its headwaters in Plain Sect farm country to urban Wilmington, Delaware where it becomes drinking water for thousands. Gauthier will show snippets of his film and share experiences garnered from his community-focused projects that bring people closer to understanding the specific geography and ecologies of their immediate surroundings. 

Gauthier’s work often explores new dialogues with overlooked or neglected spaces and their human and nonhuman inhabitants, and to engage with issues inherent in producing images of these transitory states. He is influenced by aesthetic materials that function as social activators; that disrupt assumptions about art by having a ‘use’ and a ‘purpose’ beyond exchange value; that through collaboration and research embody alterity in everyday life. His individual projects and collaborations have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, The Parrish Art Museum, The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the 2016 Biennial de Paris in Beirut Lebanon, the Center for Architecture (New York), The International Studio and Curatorial Program (NY), EFA Project Space, Printed Matter, MASS MoCA, the Walker Art Center, Columbus College of Art and Design, 80WSE Gallery at NYU, and The Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase. In 2015 he was an NEA-supported Ecological Artist Residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), a visiting artist at Haverford College, PA, and lecturer at l’Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques (iheap) in Paris and New York. In 2016 he was a Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellow (NY).  In 2016-17 he is the the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Brandywine River Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. Gauthier received an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in ‘12.  Gauthier teaches in the Film and Media Studies Graduate Program at Hunter College and in the First Year Program at Parsons/The New School. 

The Sanctuary Series was developed in support of Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible to everyone. The series provides low-commitment learning experience for our creative community to explore its interest in the arts. Supporting and supplementing Fleisher’s regular class and workshop offerings, Sanctuary Series events range from artist talks, film screenings, musical and dance performances, as well as hands on workshops. The Sanctuary Series is free and open to the public.