The eighth annual Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP), MAC’s unique program involving the visual arts and sound environmental practices in downtown Greenville, was held on June 23-24, 2017. With eight bins for paper, plastic and glass in various locations along Main Street, FOUP encourages recycling among pedestrians while creating a different exhibiting opportunity for visual artists.
The event begins with a 24-hour art-making juried competition. The selected winners are then given the opportunity to choose two images of their work for reproduction on the bins. The winning artists also receive cash prizes and the 1st place winner gets a week-long trip to Italy for two to stay in the beautiful Villa Sant’ Andrea. On Friday, June 23rd, artists came to MAC to get their surfaces officially stamped. The surfaces were returned to MAC within 24 hours as works of art. The works were juried that afternoon and the awards reception was held the evening of June 24. All submitted works will be displayed in the MAC Gallery until July 21th, 2017.
Current Recycling Bins
Check out Greenville’s unique outdoor exhibiting space along Main Street in downtown. Current artists featured on the bins were the winners of last year’s Flat Out competition in 2016.
"Edge of the Forest" | Acrylic on masonite | 24 x 36 inches
Suzanne Camarata Ball
Suzanne Camarata Ball is the owner of The Gallery at Flat Rock where she curates exhibitions and selects fine-art and craft artists for
gallery representation. A native of South Korea, she was raised in Japan before coming to the United States where she received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rochester. She went on to study photography at the Art Institute of Boston. Subsequent travels throughout India and Mexico resulted in photographic essays of those journeys. She taught photography at MIT and, since 1995, has worked as a freelance photographer. Her work is included in both private and corporate collections.
About her upbringing in Japan, Suzanne states, “There is an aesthetic infused in the culture of Japan that expresses itself in the everyday
experience – from the presentation of food to the wrapping of a gift, from the design of a package to the placement of flowers. In Japan,
everything is done thoughtfully, every detail considered and proportioned to how things are viewed. This extends to the visual arts, music and theater – even to the sport of Sumo wrestling. Always, less is more. That orderly aesthetic is calming to me and informs and influences how I respond to works of art and how that art is then curated for a space.”
FOUP would not exist without the support, commitment and fantastic organizational skills of MAC Board member and visual artist Janette W. Wesley, who has been very involved in the project since its inception in 2009.
The MAC Board of Directors and staff thank the following businesses for sponsoring the bins in 2017: Ever-Green Recycling, Slow Food Upstate, Duke Energy, Greenville Drive, Greenville Health System, McKinney-Dodge, ReWa Renewable Water Resources, synTerra, Inc., TD Bank and Vicario Wines.
We also thank the following business entities for their support of this project: The Greenville Journal, The Greenville News, Ever Green Recycling and the City of Greenville.
Congratulations to all of our participating artists. 2017 was the biggest year yet for Flat Out Under Pressure with 89 artists who returned pieces to MAC after just 24 hours.