A. Laurie Palmer
Sensing Connection to the Time Left
March 24 – April 22, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 24, 6 – 9 PM
Curated by Doug Ischar
The time left behind (in the archive of rock strata) and the time remaining (in our shared sense of an end) meet underground in a medium which is surprisingly airy, light, and full of ghosts.
The New Albany Shale drapes gracefully below the earth’s surface in southern Illinois, spreading out into Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee — gigantic, invisible — underlying and trespassing on political and private property boundaries delineated and policed on the surface.
The New Albany is considered a rich source of hydrocarbons, but it has been protected so far by Illinois’ relatively restrictive regulations on fracking. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources granted the first permit for high-volume hydraulic fracturing in September 2017, but the drilling company (Woolsey Operating Co. LLC) pulled out two months later, citing burdensome regulations and commodity prices, but also following the exposure of dozens of violations in their operations.
To advocate for the shale is not to advocate for a specific thing — in distinction from other things, less distinct or recognizable — but to advocate for the amplification of being that comes with feeling a relationship to matter that is continuous with one’s own body — even while radically different from it — and with those many other bodies that are also you.