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Upcoming Exhibition – ART IN FLUX at Event Two

12th – 17th July 2019

Royal College of Art, Kensington, London, SW7 2EUImage: Current Climate, 2019.

Image by Claudia Agati

I am delighted to invite you to ART IN FLUX at Event Two, an exhibition I have co-curated and will be exhibiting a number of works in. Event Two at the Royal College of Art is an exhibition of historical and contemporary digital art and a program of events marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark Computer Arts SocietyEvent One exhibition at the college in 1969. The exhibition includes work from The CAS50 Collection of computer art, dating from the 1960s to the present day, together with contemporary media art curated by artist platform FLUX Events, London’s preeminent forum for media artists. 

More information here. Event Two website here.

Radical Ecology: THANK YOU

A huge thank you to all who came to my FLUX: Radical Ecology exhibition and talks event last month. The event went brilliantly – see more info and video of the event here.

I would also like to thank Ugly Duck for hosting us that evening. They are a fantastic team, always supportive of the media arts and really helped to make the event possible. And of course thanks go to the chair Laura Pando and speakers, Oskar Krajewski, Becky Lyon and Tilly Hogrebe.Images by Sophie le Roux.

Plant Material presents Two-Person Show—Alex Wand / Ascelpias fascicularis

Curated by Susanna Battin
Sunday June 30 – July 28
Opening reception, screening and performance: Sunday, June 30, 6-8pm

There are three types of exhibitions seen again and again in the art world: the solo show, the group show, and the two-person show. The Two-Person Show Series presented by Plant Material and curated by Susanna Battin, departs from this convention while radically extending notions of personhood to nonhuman beings. As its name suggests the series presents two persons—this time, one artist and a plant.

The first installment of the series features Alex Wand’s Camino de las Monarcas and Ascelpias fascicularis (Narrow-leaved Milkweed). Wand’s 50-minute video piece documents his bicycle migration along the path of southbound monarchs to Michoacán, Mexico. Heeding the call for kinship made by ecofeminist theorist Donna Haraway, Wand performs a real life ‘Camille Story’ by broadcasting milkweed seeds and other pollinator seed mixes along the monarchs’ path. Ascelpias fascicularis’s role in the show is clear. The milkweed acts as a caterpillar nursery, hosting the Monarchs’ eggs, providing food, shelter, and safety to their growing forms. The show is presented simultaneous to the Monarch’s northbound migration, and amongst dire immigration conditions along the Southern border.

The opening events include a plant and video installation, screening of Camino de las Monarcas, and performance followed by a short Q & A.

About Plant Material:
Plant Material is a new garden center located in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The ecologically and aesthetically opinionated store carries California native and regionally-appropriate nonnative plants, garden tools, and art objects.

More information at:
https://plant-material.com
@plant_material

Plant Material
3350 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

LOBSTER DINNER: a show of small works

On View June 20 – July 14, 2019
Curated by Will Hutnick

Lobster Dinner presents the works of over forty contemporary artists working across drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. While technically the exhibition is a “small works” show, featuring work 12 inches and under, the works included are certainly not defined by this limitation. On the contrary, many of the works feel expansive and ambitious, despite the physical constraints of being “small”.

Oftentimes, works of a more intimate scale can have a novelty factor surrounding them – look how tiny! I want to put that in my pocket! – or are viewed as sketches or preparatory drawings for larger works – stand-ins for works to come in the future. That is definitely not the case here: loud, ferocious, hilarious, and declaratory, the works in Lobster Dinner shed the stereotype of preciousness. They are fully realized ideas, entities, and objects in their own right, not just little pockets pointing to another thing that is physically larger, but individual, weird galaxies in and of themselves. They pack a punch.

Take Gracelee Lawrence’s External Chamber of Acute Sensation, which at first seems to function as a celebratory banner of sorts. Upon further inspection it reveals an outstretched arm tangled with a pair of hands from another individual. A stranger? Are they beckoning us closer? Is it a secret handshake? A sexual handshake? Mel Arzamarski’s The Ocean features intertwined hands with flaming fingernails and is similarly discomforting, eerie, foreboding and ultimately encouraging. Both works look like they could have been taken straight from the opening credits of an episode of “Black Mirror”, with those sickly mint hands welcoming and proudly communicating a hidden alliance or a forgotten code, proclaiming “Welcome to the show! Come hither, if you dare…”

Stacy Petty’s Pumpkin Twist occupies a parallel ambiguous mental and physical space. A seemingly recognizable and friendly landscape has a darker, extra-terrestrial quality to it, with something unnerving which looms in your immediate space. Katie Holden’s Open Search playfully mimics the display screen on an iPhone, albeit one in a quasi-hallucinatory state with emoji rainbows framing the top register of the screen. Alejandro Macias’ A Color That Can Only Be Obtained Through Mixing II is a MadLibs-type approach to portraiture, in which the top half of an individual’s face is sliced and replaced with seemingly abstract lines in primary colors against a pea green background. Are these lines identity markers? A generic pattern that is a stand-in for the self?

Breanne Trammell’s SPRTS, a colored pencil drawing featuring a brown bear holding a blue balloon on a blue sweatshirt, sums it up: “If It Weren’t For Volleyball I Couldn’t Bear It!” Replace “volleyball” with your choice of activity/distraction/altered mental space, and you’ve got yourself a lobster dinner for one.

LOBSTER DINNER FEATURES WORKS BY:

Kayla Plosz Antiel, Davis Arney, Mel Arzamarski, Geoff Booras, Gabe Brown, Trey Burns, Jonah Burstein, Douglas Cantor, Max Colby, Sue Danielson, Adam Easton, JP-Anne Judy Giera, Häsler R. Gómez, Katie Holden, Mary Laube, Gracelee Lawrence, Michael Siporin Levine, Beth Livensperger, Taylor Loftin, Alejandro Macias, Max Manning, Alex McClurg, Elias Necol Melad, Nadia Odlum, April Dawn Parker, Laura Payne, Stacy Petty, Colin J. Radcliffe, Jenna Ransom, Allison Reimus, Isaac Roller, Rocco Ruglio-Misurell, Andra Samelson, Giovana Schluter, Chrissy Scolaro, Emilie Selden, Emanuela Harris Sintamarian, Anika Steppe, Taro Takizawa, Dominic Terlizzi, Breanne Trammell, Joy O. Ude, Becca Van K, Lauryn Welch, Curtis Welteroth, Aaron Wax, Tom Wixo


Will Hutnick 
is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, NY. He received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and his B.A. from Providence College (Providence, RI). His work has been exhibited most recently at LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Paradice Palase (Brooklyn), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn), The Java Project (Brooklyn), Providence College Galleries (Providence, solo) and Pratt Institute. Hutnick has curated numerous exhibitions at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute (New York and Brooklyn) and Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC). He has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), DNA Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and a curator-in-residence at Benaco Arte (Sirmione, Italy) and Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). Hutnick is a 2017 Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant recipient from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as well as a 2015 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. He is the Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Brooklyn, and is currently the Residency Director at the Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization that uses art and art education to foster positive social change.

Symposium: Evolving the Forest

An international gathering celebrating trees and woodlandIn collaboration with The Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies, we are convening an international group of foresters, artists, writers, thinkers and do-ers to look back at the last 100 years of Forestry in the UK and forward to the next. It’s for everyone who works, wanders or wonders in our varied British forests, and to help us learn from others around the world about their own cultural connections to trees and woodland. 

You can join the event for all three days, or for just one or two of the three days. Only a limited number of places remain so don’t delay…

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If you would love to attend the whole of Evolving the Forest but are finding this rather beyond your means, we do have a number of Stewarding Bursaries available. In exchange for a few hours work you can be a full delegate for £35. Interested? Please contact us right away.

Special events at Evolving the Forest

There are a number of events at Evolving the Forest open to all, not just to delegates.

On  Wednesday June 19, join us for the opening keynote by Prof. Fiona Stafford with her reflections on Why Trees Matter. Author of The Long, Long Life of Trees(Yale 2016), writer and presenter of the BBC Radio 3 series The Meaning of Trees, Prof. Stafford will remind us of the cultural importance of trees within literature and society from the 18thC on. 

Later that evening we return to Dartington’s Great Hall for a public conversation between Sir Harry Studholme (Chair of the Forestry Commission), Beccy Speight (CEO of Woodland Trust) and architect and broadcaster Piers Taylor (Invisible Studio Architects) about the future of forestry in the UK, why we love trees, and how we must learn to live differently with them.

The final keynote will be delivered as the Royal Forestry Society’s NDG James Memorial Lecture. Prof Kathy Willis CBE will talk about The framing of the UK’s forests: past, present and future. This important overview will look at how as a nation we manage, conserve and enhance forests, and how our approach to policy-making has shifted radically over the past century. 

All of these events have a very limited number of tickets available and will fill fast.

Pre-conference workshops

Finally, there are three special workshops open to the general public taking place the morning of Wednesday June 19.  These include a tour of the Forest Garden site at Dartington led by its long-term designer and manager, Martin Crawford; a guided visit to Fingle Woods where forester Dave Rickwood will guide you through the woods and explore its history and close connection to Dartington Hall, and its new and experimental approaches to contemporary forestry. The third offer is to experience a three-hour Forest Bathing session with the Nature & Wellbeing Collective at one of the Dartington estate’s very special woodland places.

Culture Speaks – A new way to speak out on climate

Across the globe, young people are stepping up as never before to confront the climate crisis. This spring, the Climate Museum is excited to present a new platform for creative youth leadership, recognizing the hunger youth have to engage with climate action.

On March 16, the Museum kicks off the first annual Climate Speaks, a citywide spoken word training program and competition for high school students, presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Education Office of Sustainability and with special thanks to Urban Word NYC.

Climate Speaks includes workshops, trainings, mentoring, a written competition, and live auditions, with 16 finalists taking the stage of the Apollo Theater on Friday, June 14. For program details, visit climatespeaks.org.

Young people deserve better than climate chaos and they know it. The report last fall from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded a new level of alarm, intensifying the call to transform our society and build toward a more equitable, climate-safe future. Though the window is shrinking, we still have time to act.

Youth imagination and vision have a unique capacity to inspire us all. Join us in listening to those whose future is at stake.

All high school students in the New York Metropolitan area are eligible to register for Climate Speaks. Please forward this to anyone you know who fits that description! The final performance at the Apollo Theater on Friday, June 14 is open to the general public; we’ll let you know as soon as tickets go on sale.

We are deeply grateful to our partners who are hosting Climate Speaksworkshops across the city: DreamYard, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Sunset Park High School, and Urban Word NYC.

Blued Trees Pursue the Common Good!

Public good references economic factors. Common good references common ethics. Blued Trees aligns both with culture and Earth rights to demand a new understanding of justice.”-Aviva Rahmani
Activists in Northern VA are now in touch with community members in Southern VA, near Blacksburg, who have already painted hundreds of trees. The Northern activists are considering expanding resistance to the pipelines and coordinating their legal strategies with the Blued Trees experiences. 

There are two recent interviews available, you can listen to The Art of Protecting Lands: Aviva Rahmani a State of the Art podcast recorded April 8th, 2019 as well as The Sarah West Love show, a live radio conversation recorded April 2nd, 2019 with Gale Elston, Robin Scully and Aviva Rahmani about expanding The Blued Trees Symphony in Virginia.

A Blade of Grass’s short documentary “Can Art Stop a Pipeline?” about the Blued Trees Project and “I Speak for the Trees, A Mock Trial,” is now available online!

Join us at the Idea Garden, 346 Broadway, Kingston, NY April 27th at 7 pm for a screening of the film “Can Art Stop a Pipeline?” followed by a Q&A with Aviva Rahmani.

Check out the two latest Gulf to Gulf webcasts about interdisciplinarity and the impact of art on science: “Interdisciplinarity and New Paradigms” and “Where Art Impacts Science

If you’ll be in the New York City area this summer, consider visiting Aviva’s studio space at the LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, part of her 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Arts Center Residency!
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution through the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) or subscribe to d.rip and follow the emerging narrative that will make an opera! 

Blued Trees is a division of Gulf to Gulf, a project fiscally sponsored by NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), a 501©3, tax exempt organization founded in 1971 to work with the arts community throughout New York State to develop and facilitate programs in all disciplines. NYFA will receive grants on behalf of the project and ensure the use of grant funds in accordance with the grant agreements as well as provide program or financial reports as required. Any donations made to the project through NYFA are tax deductible!

Life in the City of Dirty Water at HotDocs

Life in the City of Dirty Water, a transmedia storytelling project, is an expression of decolonization and healing. Think of it as a survival guide to the urban Indigenous person.

The global premiere of the Life in the City of Dirty Water documentary will be at Hot Docs on May 1st, 2019!  

Rooted in Indigenous storytelling tradition, Life in the City of Dirty Water is a series of intimate vignettes that weave together the remarkable life of Indigenous climate change activist, Clayton Thomas-Muller. The film plunges audiences into an immersive storytelling journey, discovering the people and places and traumas and triumphs that shaped Clayton’s identity and cosmology. These are impossible stories weaving together different roles: a Sundancer, a father, a husband, an abused child, a hustler, a leader. Stories that juxtapose Clayton’s rise as a prominent Indigenous campaigner (at the Indigenous Environmental Network, Idle No More, and 350.org) with his raw and troubled journey of addiction, incarceration, healing, and forgiveness.

 SHORTS | 20 MINUTES | 2019 | CANADA | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE

Wed, May 1 8:30 PM 
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 
Screening With The Sound of Masks

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Fri, May 3 3:30 PM 
Scotiabank Theatre 13 
Screening With The Sound of Masks

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Sun, May 5 2:30 PM 
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 
Screening With The Sound of Masks

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The ninth annual Big Green Theater

April 25 – 28

Thursday at 7pm (PS75): Free!
Friday at 6:30pm (PS239): $50 Benefit Event + Performance
Saturday at 1pm (PS75) + 4pm (PS239): Free!
Sunday at 1pm (PS239) + 4pm (PS75): Free!

Created in collaboration with The Bushwick Starr
Directed by Jeremy Pickard

Plays written by Bushwick/Ridgewood elementary students at PS75 + PS239
This year’s plays are inspired by two big problems facing local eco-systems: Habitat Loss and Climate Change. Student playwrights have created a menagerie of characters who live in a community surrounding an urban salt marsh (much like this one in Brooklyn’s Marine Park). Throughout the plays, this community of humans and non-humans face pollution, deforestation, giant storms, poaching, and heat waves that threaten the survival of the marsh eco-system, ultimately finding solace and solutions in each other.

Playwrights:
PS75: Jason Adams, Jhoan De Jesus, Brandon Delk, Ricardo Espinal, Nancy Galindo, Leah Gethers, Jahmair Herdigein, Leanne Samulu Hunt, Aliyanna Peña

PS239: Elias Estrella, Aiden Negron, Yerlenie Nunez, Destiny Ortiz, Leah Ortiz, Abi Pathak, Adrian Ramirez, Jaelyn Raspardo, Arielys Rodriguez, Emily Sanchez, Erin Torres

FULL PRODUCTION CREDITS HERE

Big Green Theater is made possible thanks to the support of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, City Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Rafael L. Espinal, and Stephen Levin, the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, Con Edison, and the Lotos Foundation

Art, Environment, and Justice in a Changing World

Wednesday, May 1 – 6:30-8:30 PM

Asian American Arts Alliance
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Climate change, environmental justice, sustainability—these terms have become increasingly crucial to our current social and political discourse. How do artists respond to these issues in their creative work? How does their artistic practice advance their beliefs in environmental justice? How can the work itself gain wider traction and raise awareness in our culture and society?

Join the Asian American Arts Alliance for a closer look at how creative practice intersects with environmental justice and activism. Five artists working in multiple disciplines will present recent projects and walk us through their origin stories and underlying rationales, approaches to artmaking and activism, and desired impact. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion with the artists and Q&A with the audience.

Panelists include Lanxing Fu (Superhero Clubhouse), Juliann Ma (S E A S), Jess X. Snow (AFTEREARTH), Tattfoo Tan (Heal the Man in order to Heal the Land), and Yasuyo Tanaka (If the Wind Blows), moderated by Seema Pandhya (sustainability consultant and multidisciplinary artist).

This program is free and open to the public.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and Con Edison.

ARTIST COMPLETING HER 20-YEAR QUEST TO PAINT ALL THE WORLD’S OCEANS

Danielle Eubank’s 20-year quest to visit and paint the waters of every ocean on Earth will be complete in early 2019, when she ventures to Antarctica. This, the Southern Ocean, will be Eubank’s fifth and final ocean to visit and will cap her decades-long quest to paint every ocean on the planet, hence the name of her project: One Artist Five Oceans.

“Painting all of the Earth’s oceans is about showing, through art, that the oceans sustain us – literally and, for me, artistically,” says Eubank. “There is a unifying preciousness amongst these bodies of  water – and the people and animals that rely on them.”  

A Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant awardee and a member of The Explorer’s Club, Eubank’s relationship with ocean water began as a young girl growing up near Bodega Bay in Northern California. In her travels as a young artist, she was captivated by bodies of water. She focused on painting water in its myriad conditions, refining her techniques of abstraction and realism until she was able to render their ephemeral qualities in her own style.

Eubank’s 20-year quest to paint all five of the planet’s oceans started in 2001 in Andalucia, Spain after a bicycle accident forced her to abandon her travels and spend time in a fishing village, painting the Atlantic coast. This work led to an invitation to serve as the expedition artist aboard the Borobudur Ship, a replica ancient Indonesian vessel that rounded the Cape of Good Hope sailing from Indonesia to Ghana, in 2003-4. 

The experience cemented her commitment to paint the five oceans of the world and in 2008-2010, she sailed on a replica of a 2,500-year-old Phoenician ship that circumnavigated Africa, a trip originally made 500 years before the birth of Christ. Eubank most recently (2014) sailed aboard a barquentine tall ship on an expedition to the High Arctic that took her to the northernmost human settlement on Earth. 

In each of these journeys, the vessel she sailed on in the open sea inspired her to view the bodies of water in exciting new ways, capturing each ocean as an entity, with her work portraying individual portraits of mood and emotion. 

In February 2019, she is embarking on a rare voyage to the Southern Ocean, the fifth and final ocean for Eubank to visit and capture. This journey will complete her life-long quest and will inspire the creation of a landmark series of ocean paintings which will be exhibited beginning in 2019.

Eubank is exploring the consequences of the human footprint, including climate change, on seascapes all over the world. The body of work simultaneously communicates the preciousness of water and the impact of humans on the environment.

www.oneartistfiveoceans.com


Background:

The surface of the planet is approximately 71% wáter.

There are five oceans on Earth, as follows:  Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern.

Boroburdur ship at www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borobudur_ship

The ship Phoenicia at www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenician_Ship_Expedition

Barquentine tall ship at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barquentine