Video artist Sam Easterson has been collecting footage from the perspective of animals and plants since 1998. Easterson is known for attaching small, modified security cameras to the bodies of animals, which have included a sheep, falcon, scorpion, buffalo, wolf, turkey and tarantula. Tumbleweeds and pitcher plants have also held cameras for Easterson.
Opening June 24, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will present the largest exhibition ever mounted of Easterson’s video art, Nature Holds My Camera. Running through July 15, the exhibition is organized into five thematic areas: In Motion, Taking Action, Reflections and Shadows, Point of View and Storytelling. These areas will guide visitors through an exploration of art and the natural world.
The exhibition showcases nine different video loops, and each loop is comprised of several shots. Easterson does not use invasive techniques and the animals are not harmed during the 30 seconds or so that most of the video is recorded. Easterson will create new footage, from the perspective of an Eastern mole, for the IMA show.
Admission to the exhibit is $6 for adults and $3 for children. School groups, day camps and other special groups can call 317-920-2649 for reservations.