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As seen on TV: Mark Jenkins Sleepwalker at Bus Station

November 12, 2009

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As of Monday, November 9, Mark Jenkins‘ Sleepwalker is standing tall in downtown Winston-Salem at the Clark Campbell Transportation Center on 5th Street. Mark is the 5th artist in SECCA‘s year-long public art series Inside/Out: Artists in the Community II, and in partnership with the City of Winston-Salem, his work continues to emerge across the city. Fox 8 News was there to cover the installation, interview myself and a number of onlookers, and capture the many priceless reactions that continue to accumulate with this mysterious figure in public space.

It was a true pleasure to see the work become such an instant magnet for curiosity, wonder, and conversations. At SECCA we’ve  been thinking a great deal about what our mission is as an art center. The inspiration of communities through contemporary art has emerged as one of our most fundamental objectives. Jenkins’ SleepWalker animates this mission in many ways; becoming a compelling topic for dialogue between  people and groups who may have never spoken to one another otherwise at the heavily trafficked bus station. Collectively trying to figure out just who (or what) this surreal figure was, and what it was doing in the middle of a public site, quickly led into larger discussions about the ability of art to expand perspectives, ignite new ideas, and re-frame our ways of seeing  social and physical spaces.

I urge you to go and see the SleepWalker at the Campbell Transportation Center before it disappears. The figure will be standing at the Bus Station until Sunday, November 15. Catch it while you can. Like a waking dream, the SleepWalker will  vanish as quickly as it came to life.

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  1. Christine permalink
    November 16, 2009 9:53 pm

    Much to the surprise of many it seems, ‘Sleepwalker’ became like a sort of ‘charge’ of those who either hang around the bus station, or passed through the it during their travels. There were many unseemly suggestions or assumptions as to what might happen to Jenkin’s latest work, but there he stood, an accepted participant in the vibrancy of the transit environment. Perhaps he was protected by those who armed with more knowledge (through the continued publicity – positive and otherwise), developed an understanding of the value of art in their surroundings.

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