Friday, October 05 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
401 Design Building
The Oxbow Index focuses on 16 geological cutoffs occurring along the Lower Mississippi River between 1929 and 1942. These cutoffs shortened the river by 152 miles and resulted in a series of oxbow lakes that now archive one of the river's previous trajectories. The project sources each of the resultant lakes—in their present condition—as wayfinders through the region, essentially retracing the nearly 152 lost miles of the Mississippi River. Explorations rooted in sculpture and photography hold equal weight for Crosson; he has defined clear roles for the utilization of both in this practice. In this project he has mined the characteristics of each lake toward the construction of unique, multiple-aperture, pinhole cameras. The talk will focus on The Oxbow Index, the relationship between image and object in Crosson's practice, and his interest in specific aspects of place in the Regional South.