THE INFINITY PROJECT
Transforming public space and familiar objects has been a defining part of Evan Levy's art practice for over twenty years. His latest public project on the environment entitled 'Wetlands Listening Post' was awarded Outstanding National Project from the Public Art Network in 2006. His well known works include chopping up a school bus and placing it in a municipal government building; for hanging a huge (15M) wire tornado around streetlights in a city park during the Centennial Olympiad in 1996; and for his exhibition 'Ennui and Asteroids' that featured a tale about a meteorite damaging one of Donald Judd's outdoor works in Marfa Texas. His work has received many awards. Levy has served as editorial advisor and President of Art Papers Magazine, Director of Art in Freedom Park, and public art coordinator for the City of Atlanta, USA.
BENITA CARR, USA (1961)
Benita's work most often explores the social, psychological and physical condition of being female and is often produced for site-specific environments. She has exhibited her work in both photography and video in abandoned slaughterhouses, 48 ft semi trailers and on a 100 ft water tower in one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods. She often collaborates with other musicians, sculptors and architects including her husband artist Evan Levy on projects of a political nature. For over twelve years, Benita has taught photography at Georgia State University and the former Atlanta College of Art. She is the recipient of many awards and grants including the Joyce Elaine Grant Award from Texas Women's University in 2004. Her current ongoing photographic project entitled 'The Mother Series' investigates feminine identity and the maternal bond. A portion of the series was included in the 2005 Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The Huntsville Museum of Art 2005 Triennial and is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
The Infinity Project, 2003
Courtesy of the artists
The double noose/infinity symbol is a visual representation of the endless cycles of violence inflicted on the human condition. Like the crucifix that depicts a violent event, the intention is to transform an image of hate (the noose) into one of consciousness. As a bumper sticker disseminated in the public sphere, the symbol becomes an individual declaration of hope that the cycle might change.
'The Infinity Project' evolved as a collaborative artistic response to the exhibition 'Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America' that debuted at the New York Historical Society and Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This disturbing part of US history is not past and very much with us today as we propagate war and mete out (in)justice through capitol punishment. Like the Nike swoosh, 'The Infinity Project' is the 'corporate entity' that creates and distributes the logo/symbol.