Fear and Flight
Upfront Gallery & Lobby
September 4 – October 31, 2015
Lile Stephens’ residency will focus on society’s relationship with flight technology—commercial, military, and civilian. At any given moment, one can look to the skies and witness machines that defy the inevitable pull of earth’s gravity.
In the grand narrative of recorded history, we often forget that it little more than a century ago—the blink of an eye—that the Wright Brothers ushered in a new era of transportation, commerce, observation, and warfare. The convenience and wonder of flight is regularly challenged by fear: terrorism, disease transmission, surveillance, and tragedy.
Lile Stephens is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. An advocate for informed and responsible use of technology, he is currently working for the nonprofit Kramden Institute teaching digital literacy and open-source software. Born in Alabama, he grew up in Arkansas where he eventually received his BFA and MA from Arkansas State University before moving to Chapel Hill. He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina in 2014.
Special thanks to PNC, the Kramden Institute and the Maurer Foundation for their generous support of Lile Stephens’ Residency, Exhibition and Workshop.