MFA alumna Elena Harvey Collins’ film “When They’re Gone, They’re Gone” is playing at Roy G Biv gallery this month and opened during September’s Gallery Hop, a monthly art event in the Short North, Columbus’ arts district.
The film is a narrative of abandoned parking lots and shopping plazas across the city. The 2012 graduate moved to Ohio five years ago from London, England, and decided to pursue this project after being shocked by the amount of unused, deserted space in Columbus.
“It’s a profoundly different landscape,” Harvey-Collins said in a Columbus Alive interview. “To see these spaces that are devalued to the point they’re not even for sale, they’re just left, they’re like monuments. I became really interested in finding out more about those spaces.”
Collins spent six months and many hours filming the happenings in these empty locations and captured anything from driving lessons to trash blowing in the wind. The film will be on display until Sept. 29 at Roy G Biv, 997 N. High St., Columbus, OH.
To read the full interview from Columbus Alive, click here.
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