THERE HERE

In There Here, a skywriter drew arrows in the sky pointing towards and away from the US/Canadian border located over the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York. Commissioned as part of the exhibition Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017, photographs of the sky-drawn arrows appeared on ten billboards throughout the city, fixing the directional language onto signs.

Art historian Toby Lawrence writes in the catalogue, "Arrows are by definition directional. The series of skywritten arrows in Kim Beck’s work, There Here, is layered in significance and points of reference. Earlier iterations of Beck’s The Sky Is the Limit project reflect billboard and advertising language as well as highway exit signs, exploring the potential of signage to move bodies through space and the implications of this gesture. In Buffalo, the gesture is more direct. Sited within the city’s rich history and its position as a border town, the arrows rendered in the sky by a skywriting airplane draw attention to the physical and psychological space held by the border and relationships between the United States and Canada. Within, the arrows signify guidance and also allude to the history of Buffalo as the traditional lands of the Seneca people, as a migratory and economic gateway, and as a site of resistance and revolution through significant markers of history, such as the War of 1812 and the Underground Railroad that provided access to freedom for Black slaves into Canada."