An Immersive Meditation on the Oilfields of North Dakota.
Lensed through the rise of the oil industry in North Dakota, “Breaking Ground” examines the rapid expansion and abandonment as a result of industry boom and bust cycles that is a recurrent phenomenon in American history.
Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to present documentary artist Valery Lyman’s multimedia installation Breaking Ground at the Carrie Blast Furnaces for a three-night showing August 22nd through 24th.
Documentary artist Valery Lyman spent four years recording audio and taking photographs in the Bakken region of North Dakota (2013-2016), documenting the rise of the oil industry there and the major American migration that went along with it. Join us as she presents this documentary material to the public in multiple points of projection directly onto the raw industrial surfaces and machinery throughout the Carrie Blast Furnaces. This examination of industrial boom and bust cycles explores how they defined our our national character and migrations, while also reflecting in Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage.
Breaking Ground has traveled across the country showcasing a series of site-specific photographic and sound installations. The Carrie Blast Furnaces will be the fifth location where Breaking Ground has been exhibited. Previous venues include the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston, MA; Living Arts of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK; Silo City in Buffalo, NY; and the Central Utilities Plant, MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA. After its run at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Breaking Ground will travel to the Donovan Mill in Silver City, Nevada.