Chalk and Charcoal: Dust-Producing Drawing Instruments for Replacing a Disappeared Mill

By Erik Sanner

01_SANNER_filmicViewer-participants encounter a video projection on a wall.  In the video is a stream which used to power a mill near the artist’s hometown long before he was born.  Viewer-participants are encouraged to draw a mill on the wall in the video projection using chalk or charcoal.




A small low-power video projector containing an internal memory card is mounted on the ceiling and plays one video in a continuous loop. Two small containers containing chalk and charcoal are hung on the wall. Viewer-participants draw on the wall.

Erik Sanner is a visual artist living and working in Harlem, NYC.  He has recently exhibited at the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), LICHT FELD Gallery (Basel), The Danforth Museum (Massachusetts), Carmichael Gallery (LA) and Tria Gallery (NYC).  Sanner’s overarching goals include expanding our experience of painting by utilizing technology and promoting awareness of traffic cone aesthetics.