Underwater Sculptures: An Interview with Jason deCaires Taylor

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.

Take it to the Streets: NEVERCREW's large-scale murals highlight the effect of humans on the natural world

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.

Blending Beauty Into the Icebergs: An Interview with environmentalist painter Zaria Forman

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.

Welcome to Hempen

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.

Positive Activism: A Panel Discussion

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.

Artist Highlight: Kit Porter

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. 

Artist Highlight: Rithika Merchant

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: Landscape Ecology, Art, and Design

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.

Artist Highlight: Maddy Minnis

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.

Curating the Sea Exhibition

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.

Meet the eco-friendly, inclusive activewear brand Girlfriend Collective.

Meet the Girlfriend collective - a Seattle based athleisure startup who have been producing upcycled leggings that are fashionable, flattering and wonderfully sustainable. These  seamless, non bobble leggings fit true to size, are high performance, and remarkably, sustainable. All of Girlfriend Collective’s activewear have been produced from recycled plastic bottles. By plastic bottles, Girlfriend Collective have forged a partnership with the recycling facility in Taiwan to responsibly source, and ensure that 100% post consumer PET plastic bottles are turned into the high performance polyester used in their range. 

“After a bunch of science stuff with names like “polymerization” you get a soft yarn that is not only recycled but is not dependent on petroleum for processing and has diverted bottles from the landfill.”

KLIMA Open Call by La Peluquería

The consequences of climate change in our lives at short, mid and long term make it one of the most important issues we have to face as a society. It is urgent that the population becomes educated about the problem to generate public debate that eventually leads to local and central governments to adopt measures that crucially combat climate change. With only a short while before we go beyond a point of no return, temperature will rise resulting in a complete melting of Greenland’s ice and therefore causing the sea level raise 12 meters. The effects on the lives of species on Earth will be devastating. 

KLIMA is an Open Call for visual artists, organized by La Peluquería, which aims to promote the public debate about climate change, its causes and consequences. The call is open for any person without any sort of distinction. Artworks of any sort may be submitted taking into account the limits  of the exhibition space until May the 31st 2018.

A review of G.F. Smith's recycled paper 'Extract'

We use 4,861 disposable cups per minute in the UK. That equates to 7 million cups used in one day. Averaging out as 2.5 billion cups thrown away every year. To try and find ways to tackle this, British paper-maker G.F. Smith have released their recycled paper Extract.  

From Cup to Paper - A dynamic combination of chemistry and artistry transforms disposable cups into beautiful paper.

Artist Highlight: Paul Hoi

Paul Hoi is an experimental landscape photographer based in Oakland, California.

 

He is fascinated by the uncanny feeling of seeing a landscape that feel both alien and familiar, landscapes and spaces that challenge our foundational scale of space and time.  In that sense, sci-fi and the psychedelic movement have naturally informed his work. Hoi is especially drawn to the desert because these traits seem particularly pronounced in that environment.

The Earth Issue x The House of St Barnabas

n the unrelenting brutalist environment of modern city architecture, we often lose our connection to nature and the inherent beauty it bestows. This group exhibition journeys our engagement with the natural. An expedition through untouched plains — our pursuit to scientifically analyse, domesticate and tame its landscape.

In the first collaboration with The House of St Barnabas, The Earth Issue’s inaugural group show features works from Jonas Marguet, Elsa Leydier, Jake Grewal, Steve Léon Brown and Elena Cremona. On display for six months in Barnabas’ Garden Room, of which the décor encompasses and extends beyond its walls into the courtyard outside, this exhibition attempts to capture the aesthetic essence of nature.

The Earth Issue is a collective of artists and creative professionals working at the intersection of fine art and environmentalism. In common, we share a dedication to raising awareness for the beauty of nature, using art and image culture as a driving force for environmental activism. The collaborators of The Earth Issue aim to highlight a growing interest amongst young artists to awaken society’s complacent consciousness towards our planet; to inspire and harness the power of social change.

Artist Highlight: Christopher Drury

Artist Highlight: Chris Drury is an environmental artist, creating site-specific nature based sculpture, often referred to as Land Art or Art in Nature. Drury also work in art and Science, making installations inside and creating works on paper. He also works with maps, digital and video art, and works with mushrooms. Dury’s work creates connections between different phenomena in the world, specifically between Nature and Culture, Inner and Outer and Microcosm and Macrocosm. He collaborates with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines and uses whatever visual means, technologies and materials best suit the situation.