Sometimes a building is more than four walls, a roof, and a postal code. Sometimes the lives lived inside can give it a kind of pulse; the minds of its inhabitants become a collective nerve center. In Jen Clay’s three-piece video series UnderNeath, the Fort Lauderdale-based artist employs claymation and puppetry techniques to explore the idea of the life of the building, creating “a playful, imagined anatomy” of a handful of buildings used to house some of the area’s most thought-provoking contemporary art.
“This project was inspired from the movie Amityville Horror when the house as an entity bleeds,” Clay says. “None of the buildings are made to bleed, but instead a fragility is shown through a growing tear of a wound on the façades, as if the building was alive. I am interested in how events, experiences, and memories affect our surroundings and bodies on the micro level.”
Clay is one of five artists participating in the site-specific outdoor video projection portion of this year’s Art Fallout — a local celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month hosted by the Girls’ Club Collection that aims to unite downtown Fort Lauderdale’s art spaces with an evening of interactive exhibitions, public art projects, community involvement, and presentations. In addition to the video installations by Clay and artists Sri Prabha, Francesco Lo Castro, and Maria-Theresa Barbist, the night will feature free admission to all venues, free shuttle service, open studios, food trucks, and live music. Participating spaces include Girls’ Club, Glavovic Studio, NSU Art Museum, 1310 Gallery, FATVillage Arts District, Cadence Pop Up Gallery, MAC Fine Art, Made in Broward, MASS District, Mockingbird Trail, and Laser Wolf. The sixth-annual Art Fallout takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-828-9151, or visit girlsclubcollection.org/art-fallout-2015.