The Diminishing Landscape addresses the increasingly problematic social and environmental issues present in Global society that places consumption above the wellbeing of our planet. The work acts as a metaphor for the loss and irreplaceable sublime nature of landscape.
The work is a large-scale projection installation that exposes the terrifying beauty of our ever-changing irreplaceable landscape, the destruction of Nature and the ideas of the Sublime. It raises awareness to this altered world and encourages the audience to consider their role within the environment.
The Romance of Flowers Exhibition brings together five artists who use flowers in curious ways. They appear in their natural fresh form; pestled and dried; as emblems; as synthetic scents; and cut and sliced from archive imagery.
Born in Colombia in 1986, Andrés Donadio is a visual artist who focuses on exploring the representation of contemporary landscapes. He is also interested in the limits of photography and the expanding possibilities of the digital age. Donadio completed his MFA in Photography at the National School of Photography, Arles in 2012 and a Master in Arts and Culture at Novia University in 2016. He has exhibited his work in France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Japan, Colombia, among others. He is currently based between Paris and Arles. He is represented by the L'Hoste Art Contemporary Gallery.
British photographer Aloha Bonser-Shaw was born under an almond tree in the South of Spain, next to the tipi where her parents were living. Here, in an alternative community called Beneficio, travelers gathered from around the world seeking a spiritual alternative to modern society and a communal lifestyle carved out in harmony with nature.
Chicago artist Victoria Fuller has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and fellowship awards from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Illinois Arts Council. She also received an Illinois Arts Council CAAP Grant, and was a resident artist at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY and Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL. Her large-scale public sculpture “Shoe of Shoes” is in the collection of Caleres Shoes in St. Louis. Sound Transit in Seattle commissioned another large-scale sculpture, “Global Garden Shovel,” and she was commissioned by Comed to create the sculpture “Peas and Quiet.” In 2016 she was featured in Sculpture Magazine’s May issue, as part of the show “Disruption” at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Her most recent large-scale public sculpture, titled ”Canoe Fan,” is installed along the Huron River in Ann Arbor, MI.
Amidst the chaos and decay of the plastic age, the filth, the waste and the lack of deliberation on ways to save our planet from complete devastation, another thing we could lose right now is: hope. Artists such as Jason deCaires Taylor convey to us that feeling, that if we act no, if we show reasonable measures to help saving what is left, to prevent our ecosystems from bing depleted, to not over-exhaust our resources by keeping in mind our future generations, then, there is hope we can count on. Yet we cannot simply rely on our optimistic exchange of the word hope. The key, as deCaires Taylor shows, is to take action.
Acting locally, thinking globally.
Creating large-scale visual pieces, the dexterous double that form NEVERCREW, provides an interpretation of the natural world and how we relate to it as humans, contrasting natural elements with pieces of machinery in their murals.
Using images of large endangered animals that are greatly impacted by climate change, such as bears, polar bears and cetaceans who are ''suffering the environmental changes'', NEVERCREW aspire to broaden the discussion on the environmental crisis and directly communicate with the viewer.
There is something starkly mythical encased in the clandestine landscapes of the Arctic. For many of us, it's a barren territory of snow; conceivable, though farthest away from our reach. Many of us could go through our entire lives not having an inkling of what's out there in the vast white area at the bottom of the world map. But for some, remote landscapes are a revered source of inspiration.
Frustrated by the institutions of school and the state, and having lived a childhood inspired by nature and community, Patrick Roberts decided to change the world for the better. In his case 'better' meant building a world more in tune with its natural rhythms and free from the hypnotic death-pull of consumerism. He went on to found 'Hempen', a non-profit organic farming co-operative based in Oxfordshire, England, which aims to grow hemp for the benefit of people and the planet.
Toca do Coelho: A collective bringing together art and agriculture in Algarve, Portugal
It seems like there are more reasons than ever to become an activist. But how do you go about doing that while whilst also staying inspired and having fun? From period poverty, to representation of women of colour, protecting trans lives and opening up the conversation around mental health, meet the women at the forefront of today’s breed of creative, positive activism.
“Permaculture paves the way for a new way of being on Earth, to use the power of our imagination and intelligence to create ways of living that sustain ourselves whilst nourishing the well-being of all other life and the life of the planet as a whole.”
Kit Porter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of the South in 2005. In addition to creating her own art, she has held positions in various sectors of the fine art world locally and internationally. She has had a lifelong relationship to the coastal environment, combing beaches around the world during her travels, paying particular attention to the beaches she has lived near in Southeastern North Carolina, the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the Northeast of Scotland, and in Houston, Texas where she currently resides.
Rithika Merchant (b. 1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons - The New School of Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited her work extensively, including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany, and the United States.
Merchant's works are an exploration of epics and myths across geography. She create mosaics of myths that question received histories that are available to us throughout culture. Derived from an attempt at self discovery and aimed towards solving contemporary strife; created by what we may describe as a conflict of civilizations, which is negated by locating a mythical strain of unanimity.
Hemlock Hospice is a year-long, art-based interpretive trail by David Buckley Borden, Aaron M. Ellison, and their team of interdisciplinary collaborators. This immersive site-specific science- communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) from Asia. Scientists project that the hemlock forests in Massachusetts will functionally disappear by 2025.
The Hemlock Hospice interpretive trail features 18 site-specific sculptures installed throughout a 200-year-old grove of hemlocks. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests. The project employs a model of landscape stewardship that combines installation art, public programming, and shared cultural experience.
Maddy Minnis is a photographer, videographer, and motion designer with a passion for adventure. From being a scholarship athlete in art school to working in tech in a small horse farming village in New Mexico, she thrives among all the absurdities that continually sculpt her life.
In recent years, exhibitions ranging from major group shows to small solo presentations have
addressed the increasingly urgent issue of ocean ecology. This symposium explores the unique
ways that contemporary exhibition making can contribute to the discourse surrounding the
ecological devastation of the world’s oceans. At a time when the Natural History Museum,
London, has launched a new paradigm of scientific display by installing ‘Hope’, a blue whale
skeleton in its central hall, how does the display of contemporary art correspond and in what ways
might it react differently to these issues?
Interdisciplinary thinking and respect for multispecies ways of being in the world are frequently
positioned as central to understanding and responding to the current environmental crisis.
‘Curating the Sea’ brings together scholars and practitioners to explore the complex relationships
between marine wildlife, ocean ecosystems and human activity, examining how artistic-scientific
collaboration can address these pressing concerns through exhibitions.