- Lockport Gallery, Lockport
As part of unLOCK, Colin Lyons will discuss several recent projects that consider preservation in an age of planned obsolescence and resource depletion. Fusing sculpture, printmaking, and land art, Lyons’ work employs the chemistry of printmaking as a re-enactment of the boom and bust cycles of industrial economies. These projects consider industrial ruins and sacrificial landscapes through the lens of geo-engineering, urban renewal and brownfield rehabilitation practices, and propose new models for how we might memorialize and honor our collective history by re-integrating ritual and enactment into acts of remembrance. Specifically, his talk will focus on his ongoing site-specific installation located at Lock no. 1. Throughout his summer in Lockport, he is creating a micro-hydro and printmaking powered laboratory which looks to the canal’s industrial, environmental and labor legacy. This prototype will perform local water testing, restore historic industrial artifacts, and produce theoretical ‘solutions’ for future ecological threats upstream.