The Pine Barrens

a documentary by David Scott Kessler. Scored live by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra

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Middle of Nowhere

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE explores the personal and cultural relationship between man and nature within America’s remaining “islands” of wilderness; those places most acutely connected to our being but among the most ignored, neglected and misunderstood. What roles do these places have in our modern lives and who do we become when they disappear?

Set at Whitesbog, a 3000 acre historic Pine Barrens village, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE consists of gallery and site-specific contemporary artwork including sculpture, video and sound installation.  The opening evening of September 17th includes music by avant-garde harpist Mary Lattimore and The Last Whippoorwill Bluegrass Band, and concludes with an outdoor preview edition screening of The Pine Barrens, a documentary film with live musical score.

THE PINE BARRENS directed by David Scott Kessler has been in production since 2012 and is in its final stages before completion in 2018.  The film is a meditation on exploration, nature, and place and their roles in the formation of personal and American identity.  It follows several characters over the years, focusing on moments and impressions derived from both extensive observation and the Pine Barrens’ imaginary landscape.  Much like John McPhee’s 1968 book of the same name, THE PINE BARRENS paints a vivid portrait of a distinct time and place in the Pines - one that predicts a potential loss for nature unless action is taken once again.

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE features artwork in the gallery and on the grounds by
Steven Carty, Micah Danges, Shelby Donnelly, John Heron, TJ Hunt, David Scott Kessler, Jesse Kudler, Nick Lenker, J. Makary, Kristen Neville, Nate Ricciuto, Kara Springer, and Steven Earl Weber

Proceeds from the event will contribute to the completion of the feature length film.

Curated by David Scott Kessler and Kristen Neville

Presented by Whitesbog Preservation Trust
sponsored by Bowerbird & Pinelands Brewery


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