To Hold Water: Solo Exhibition by Anika Todd

    To Hold Water: Solo Exhibition by Anika Todd

    May 28 – 31, 2021

    Flux Factory

    Gallery Hours
    Friday, May 28, 5 – 8pm
    Saturday – Monday, May 29 – May 31, 1 – 6pm

    Artist Talk
    Friday, May 28, 5pm ET
    Anika Todd will speak about the history of the view from above.
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    Live event During the 29th Street Block Party
    May 31, 2–6pm
    This event is part of the exhibition Din Din, a series of free, socially-distanced outdoor public events which use food and art to build community.

    Window Screening
    May 28 – 31, After Dusk
    Videos from To Hold Water will screen in the front window of Flux Factory at 39-31 29th Street, LIC, NY.

    To Hold Water
    To Hold Water is an exhibition that considers the paradox of ownership. Presenting a challenge to Western traditions of private property and surveillance, the works investigate the implications of the human impulse to survey, to organize, and to control in an effort to understand that which is uncomfortably unknown.

    The video work at the exhibition’s center, Self Portrait, exposes the implications of a traditional god’s-eye-view. While one camera submerges into the murky waters of the East River, a second flies on a set of balloons above Wall Street, creating a two-channel video that tracks the artist’s efforts to extend sight. The humble technology of the balloons shifts our experience of the conventional “God’s eye-view” characteristic of military and government-controlled technologies. The unsteady image of the work subverts this customarily controlled top-down perspective, creating a portrait of precarity in the effort to understand oneself and one’s world from above.

    Artist Bio
    Anika Todd (b.1992, Boston, MA) received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Todd is a sculptor/media artist investigating landscape and ownership; Todd’s work functions through acts of trespass — simultaneously enacting and challenging systems that oppress, compartmentalize, and own in order to control. Todd’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at VisArts Center, Richmond, VA and Co-Lab Gallery, Austin, TX featured in the Washington Post (2018) and Glasstire (2019) respectively. She has been selected to participate in numerous residencies including Salem Art Works (2017), Haystack School of Craft and Design (2018), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2019).