HOLDING WHAT CAN'T BE HELD
Daniel Peltz, Kelly Cox, Chad Erpelding, Amy O’Brien, Eric Mullis,
Sissi Westerberg, John Shinn, Tim Andreae
OPEN STUDIO December 14 - 17
EXHIBITION December 17 - February 4, 2017
In collaboration with the Snake River Alliance, The Feeling Body presents the 2nd annual exhibition of Holding What Can’t Be Held, a group show inspired by the radioactive ‘clean-up’ sites at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Donning safety vests and glasses, admittance badges, and radiation sensors, a group of eight local and international artists toured the ‘clean up’ sites at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Local nuclear watchdog group, the Snake River Alliance sponsored the tour, inviting the artists to bear witness to today’s best practices for the handling of radioactive material, encountering among other things, the exhumation of plutonium contaminated waste that was buried sixty years ago in unlined pits directly above the Snake River Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for 300,000 Idahoans. Through various mediums including installation, performance, dance and photography, this year’s artists chronicle their impressions of the nuclear age, from the macrocosmic to the details and culture of the INL, a site that has been charged with holding the leftovers: substances that will be harmful to the biosphere for ungraspable spans of time.