A STRANGER IN THE STREET AT THE EDGE OF THE EARTH is the sequel to Mitchell’s 2009 media installation at Big Orbit Gallery entitled RED HEARTS/BLACK TONGUES (also featuring a score by Joseph Stocker), which weaves visual archetypes, cinematic tropes, sound, and visceral cues into an experiential tapestry. The fractured and disjointed pseudo-narrative ultimately creates more questions than it answers. Where RED HEARTS/BLACK TONGUES addressed the psychic complexities of love through the lens of a hyper-idealized notion of love within the context of a daydreaming pair of drivers, A STRANGER IN THE STREET explores the psychic tension of contemplating the unknown through the lens of the individual.
The exhibition features an instrument based off of the Mellotron synthesizer that consists of a brain driven by midi, a soundboard, and twelve 16mm film projectors. Each projector contains a scene culled from a film produced by Mitchell, as well as an audio loop that was produced by Stocker. The instrument and projections surround a sculptural environment reminiscent of a movie studio soundstage.
For this exhibition the artists have created a limited edition catalog that functions as a work of art within the larger work. Three versions are available for purchase, in addition to limited prints, by going to: www.strangerinthestreet.com.