APRIL 5 – JUNE 2, 2024

Join us at the ADWSA Art Crush this Friday April 19 from 7-10PM at DELURK Gallery for two exhibitions:

“A Sentient Being’s Vision of The Future” by Zac Trainor
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“Disencapsulation: Excavation of the New Library of Alexandria” by Mattedgrass (Ezra Noble)

[ About the Work + Artists ]

// A Sentient Being’s Vision of The Future //

Interdisciplinary and WSNC based artist Zac Trainor works with concepts and imagery that explore the alternate realities of our existence. Ghostly, layered, + nostalgic: There’s a confident loneliness that lends the viewer to self reflection, evoking a meditation on both the beautiful and harsh realities of this world, and the mystery or defeat of what may lie beyond. Each work is meant as a dialogue with the past, present, and future, not at separate instances, but rather all moments occurring at once.

Zac’s newest work deals with the conflicting ideologies currently driving us further off balance with the world around us, each other, and our own uniqueness as sentient beings. We are finding traces of sentience in the smallest of insects to the fastest AI applications. What does it mean to be sentient in our world today? To be aware, alert, alive? If insects and AI can move with more community and intention than humans, what does that suggest of our own consciousness?

Perhaps we should be poised at the terminal asking: Which one of us is the truly sentient being?

// DISENCAPSULATION: Excavation of the New Library of Alexandria //

Excavation of the New Library of Alexandria, the famed archaeological site 6 kilometers outside of City of Wisdom, Southern Hemisphere of Mars. Founded in 2310, destroyed in 2359, and excavated from 2617 to 2632.

Ore & Factory proudly brings you Artifact Package No. 005091. Excavated 2626.

Mattedgrass is the moniker of Winston-Salem native Ezra Noble. Though he is primarily a songwriter and producer, he is showing art for the first time in about 15 years.

In DISENCAPSULATION, he pulls back the curtain on his visual art practice, which for him coexists with his music in the same plane of expression. After several years during which screen-printing was his primary visual medium, he has ventured back into painting and drawing. Various stenciling techniques remain central to the process and aesthetic of his work. His relationship to art is characterized by rapid decision making and instinctive action. Making visual art is one of his primary habits for making sense and meaning in this world, and in this moment. His work is replete with lore, evoking sci-fi narratives and intellectual-ecological questions through their titles and stenciled words of fragmentary poetry.