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Artists Black and Jones exhibit '2001 Retold' at Renaissance Center

Stanley Kubricks 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey might be a considered a classic, but its predictions for the future now seem a little too optimistic. The moon has not been colonized. Astronauts are not aboard spacecrafts, exploring the far reaches of our solar system. And they surely werent doing this a decade ago, in the years the movie was said to take place.
Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” might be a considered a classic, but its predictions for the future now seem a little too optimistic. The moon has not been colonized. Astronauts are not aboard spacecrafts, exploring the far reaches of our solar system. And they surely weren't doing this a decade ago, in the years the movie was said to take place.

But in the 21st century, two Austin Peay State University artists are rethinking this landmark film. Kell Black and Barry Jones have re-edited the movie and included new narration provided by people who were asked to respond to what they saw. Their work, “2001 Retold,” will be on display from March 18 through May 1 in the visual arts gallery of The Renaissance Center in Dickson. The exhibit opens with a lecture from 5-6 p.m. on March 18, with a reception to follow.

The two artists created the piece during their residency in 2008 at the Weir Farm Art Center in Connecticut. Jones and Black used digital media editing to splice different scenes of the movie together and to add the new narration. The result is a new and original work based on fragments of the existing film.

Black, a professor of art at APSU, holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and German from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and studied harpsichord and baroque performance practice at the Wiener Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Switzerland and was recently featured in a group exhibition at the Frist Center in Nashville.
Jones, an associate professor of art at APSU, earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at Austin Peay and his Master of Fine Arts in three-dimensional studies at the University of South Carolina.

Jones' work has been exhibited at SPACElab in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Va. His international showings include Istanbul, Turkey, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Madrid, Spain. His work was recently featured at the Brooks Museum in Memphis. Additionally, he has two digital works in the permanent art base collection of the New Museum of Contemporary Art's new media branch, Rhizome.

For more information on their exhibit, contact the APSU Department of Art, (931) 221-7333. -- Charles Booth