noelle mason
I.E. Interview at UICA
Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present BLUE SKIES/BLACK DEATH; an exhibition of new work by Noelle Mason investigating imaging as a document for corporeal experience of space and time by way of three different photographic methods: pigment print, gobelin tapestry, and photogravure. The exhibition title itself references the engagement of body, time and space as the term “blue skies/black death” (originating from the parachute infantry motto "Mors Ab Alto" in Latin, or “death from above") is familiar to skydivers as a greeting/farewell, and to indicate a fatality during a skydive.

The photographic series Decision Altitude returns to the foundational beginnings of photographic representation: the pinhole camera. The title refers both to the altitude at which a skydiver must begin emergency procedures and the photographer’s decisive moment described by Henri Cartier-Bresson. His highly influential text came in response to the advancement in negative film processes and faster lenses. There was suddenly a means to capture what had previously eluded the human eye; a moment of clarity only the camera could harness and make static. Most modern skydiving photography stops time through rapid shutter speed. By comparison, the lens-less pinhole camera demands a three second exposure which allows the film to document 500 feet of free-fall at speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour. Mason uses the primitive pinhole camera to depict the incomprehensible space and compression of time between jumping out of a plane and saving your own life. In this space the view of earth from above is a combination of aerodynamics and adrenaline.

In contrast to this the work Ground Control examines the representation of the earth from space through 'remote sensing.' Informed by the unique socio-political climate of the Southern California border with Mexico and the imaging technologies used to uphold it, Ground Control presents a set of hand woven rugs that depict images of places of conflict as seen by satellite, questioning the cartographic claim that reality can be modeled in ways that communicates spatial information effectively.

Incident Report is a set of three photogravures, a rarely used and laborious printmaking technique, with letter-pressed text. The result is a ghostly black and white image more reminiscent of a graphite drawing than a photograph. The text documents three incident reports of skydiving fatalities that are transposed in a stoic tone of the moment-by-moment happenings of each incident. The attention to detail in the two components of Incident Report is breathtaking, and in an odd paradox, the additional mechanized detachment from both the original photographic film (via the photogravure) and the original moment of incident (via an official record of incident) creates a documentary-style poetic requiem.
Between Earth and Sky
Tracy Midulla Reller

Between Earth and Sky
exhibition by the Tampa photography collective.

Tampa- Opening reception Friday, October 19, 2012 from 7-10pm :: Between Earth and Sky is the first exhibition by the Tampa photography collective comprised of Wendy Babcox, Jeremy Chandler, Adam Ekberg, Becky Flanders, Noelle Mason, Forrest MacDonald, Chris Otten, Kym O’Donnell and James Reiman. For the past year, the group has gathered monthly at the Tempus Projects space to share and discuss new work. The goal of the collective is to be a support system for each member’s individual art practice, while serving as a relaxed place to fellowship with peers. The group also strives to engage the local creative community through exhibitions and talks.

This exhibition remains on display throughout November 9, with gallery hours available by appointment. Contact Tracy Midulla Reller at to schedule or call 813.340.9056. Tempus Projects is located at 5132 N. Florida Ave. Tampa FL 33603

TEMPUS PROJECTS, winner of Creative Loafing’s 2012 Best of the Bay award for Best Art Gallery, is an artist-run project space, housed in a converted garage on the back lot of a commercial property, in the South Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. TEMPUS PROJECTS is dedicated to nurturing both established and emerging local, national and international artists via exhibitions and events. The project promotes artists working in all media and organizes exhibitions that engage the local community through the visual arts. Tempus is also available for private meeting, events and parties. Learn more at www.tempus-projects.c
CS Magazine
I will be appearing in the December 2009 issue of Chicago Social Magazine along side close friends Justin Cooper and Adam Ekberg. You can view the article at CS Magazine you will find me on page 70.
Only Blue Dear Lonely American
Only Blue Dear Lonely American

March 7 to March 29th Alagon Gallery, Opening 6pm Friday March 7th

In September 2007 Benjamin Bellas, Justin Cooper, Stuart Keeler, Clinton King, Noelle Mason, Ross Moreno and Magdalen Wong were artists in residence at 1a space, Hong Kong. The subsequent exhibition was funded in part by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, The Illinois Arts Council and private donors. Only Blue Dear Lonely American is an attempt to translate these Artists' experience. The original press release is as follows:

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Track 16 Gallery and Deborah Oliver present
Curated by Deborah Oliver
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 8:00 PM
17 Artists, One Night Only
Admission $12
RSVP: 310.264.4678
Pre-payment by credit card accepted

Returning to Track 16 Gallery for the sixth straight year is Irrational Exhibits, the experimental performance /installation show produced and curated by Deborah Oliver.

Irrational Exhibits is a one night only, once a year event that showcases the latest works and evolving forms of performance art and installation.

This year, a daring crop of artists will explore and confront the dangerous and disturbing landscape of the 21st century: an environment in which one treads the shifting terrain of catastrophe with delusions of safety, and where human relationships are subject to technological intervention and desensitizing media overload.

Through interactive installations, visceral performances, and kinetic media, the artists will examine the tenuous balance of power in personal, social, political and cultural environments. The audience will be free to roam and engage with a wide variety of works that range from eccentrically playful game referencing works to those that portray events of unnerving pathos.


Gabriela Arreola, Benjamin Bellas & Justin Cooper, Brian Black & Ryan Bulis, Anne Bray & Deborah Oliver & Janice Gomez, Amanda Browder & Stuart Keeler, David Burns, Kent Anderson Butler & Andrew Buehler, Mariel Carranza, Kristina Faragher & Curt LeMieux, Tim Folland, Dave Ghilarducci, Cathalijne Kapteyn & Anastasia Yumeko Hill & Sean Best, Noelle Mason, Helia Rabie, Eusebio Travis Sevilla, Steve Shoffner, and Elizabeth Watkins.

For more information on the artists and event, please visit our web site at

Concerning Tomorrow
Sponsored by Harold Arts

"Concerning tomorrow…," an exhibition curated by Chicago artist Jason Lazarus, features an ambitious roster of 27 artists wrestling with the provocative exhibition title, "Concerning tomorrow…"

Working in a variety of media, the participating artists have created highly evocative, culturally aware, and bravely imaginative pieces. The result is a collection of work that directly involves the viewer in a complex dialogue about the notion of 'tomorrow,' while provoking audiences to consider their own tomorrows, real or imagined, without limit.

The exhibition opens on September 14th, 5-10pm at 303 W. Erie (basement gallery)

Harold Arts, a non profit arts organization based in Chicago, embarks with "Concerning tomorrow…" to advance recognition of its greater mission: to cultivate creative opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists and musicians through artist residencies, gallery showings, and concerts within the Chicago area. Learn more at

Participating artists include:

Duncan Anderson
Hector Arce-Espasas
Melina Ausikaitis
Kelly Breslin
Amanda Browder
Benjamin Driggs
Stephen Eichhorn
Ken Fandell
Michelle Faust
Dolan Geiman
Jonathan Gitelson
Cody Hudson
Wyatt Kahn
Emily Konnerk
Phelan LaVelle
Curtis Mann
New Catalogue
Noelle Mason
John Opera
Chris Schedel
Matt Siber
Greg Stimac
Brian Ulrich
Elspeth Vance
Siebren Versteeg
Benjamin Walas
Chicago Reader "Critics Choice"
Ground Control by Noelle Mason, Jose Antonio Flores, and Jonathan Samaniego

Ground Control (detail) by Noelle Mason, Jose Antonio Flores, and Jonathan Samaniego; click to enlarge

Critic's Choice: Echelon: Who Is Watching You? This show about surveillance opened the day before the U.S. House of Representatives approved expanded information-gathering powers for the executive branch. Among the sculptures, photos, drawings, and other works on exhibit is a beautiful, disturbing rug conceived by local artist Noelle Mason and woven by Mexican artists Jose Antonio Flores and Jonathan Samaniego. Made of red and green wool, Ground Control takes its dynamic pattern from a map of the U.S./Mexican border generated by Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer technology. The red denotes the patchwork of cultivated agricultural areas, most clustered in this country, while the green, mostly on the other side of the border, indicates arid, undeveloped land. Though the rug is lush, it depicts the site of much conflict and suffering based on economic inequality (Mason paid the two weavers the amount of money it would take for a Mexican family of four to cross the border illegally). This challenging work questions the boundaries between the aesthetic and the utilitarian, the decorative and the subversive. Another standout is a witty, engaging installation by Annette Barbier and Drew Browning in which the viewer is tracked by a motion-sensing camera while reading the titles of “suspicious” books projected on the floor. Among the other artists in the show are Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa, Patrick Lichty, Gretel Garcia, and Finishing School. Through 9/1: Sat noon-5 PM or by appointment, Polvo, 1458 W. 18th, 773-344-1940. —Janina Ciezadlo