Sant Khalsa

Exhibition: Trouble the Water

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Nathalie-Meibach-_-ShesComingOnStrong-400x416Legion Arts, 1103 Third Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA (USA), May 3 – June 16 2013

Legion Arts presents an exhibit in which a dozen contemporary artists from around the world explore issues related to water: droughts and floods, climate events and climate change, as well as the economics, distribution, uses and scarcity of this incomparable commodity. Trouble the Water is curated by Diane Barber, Houston, Texas.

Featured artists include Janet Biggs (New York), Erika Blumenfeld (Qatar), Maarten Demmink (Netherlands), Chris Turner with Helen Friel & Jess Deacon (UK), Sant Khalsa (California), Mark Klett (Arizona) & Byron Wolfe (California), Nathalie Miebach (Massachusetts), Carlos Montani (Argentina), Yuka Nakajima (Japan), Lori Nix (New York), Susannah Sayler & Edward Morris (New York), Dustin Yager (Minnesota).

Public reception from 5 to 7 pm on Friday May 3. Read more here

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Happy New Year from ecoartspace

From Top Left to bottom Right: David Haley, Emily Brown, Samantha Fields, Christy Rupp, Sant Khalsa, Jason Middlebrook, Joy Garnett, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, and Sandy Gellis.

We are looking forward to some exciting shows and programs in 2010 as we venture into our 11th year working together as a bicoastal environmental art nonprofit. Please check out our website by mid-month to see updates and check back here on our blog for several upcoming posts on our activities in December and some exciting new artists/works we have been keeping an eye on.

Shall 2010 be a turning point for us all in our efforts to help others see the world around them with new eyes.

Tricia Watts and Amy Lipton

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ecoartspace: ecoLOGIC opens in Los Angeles


ecoLOGIC was inspired by the College Art Association CAA conference, which took place in Los Angeles in 1999, where a group of dedicated artists joined together to present a comprehensive studio session entitled Off the Mainstream, Into The Mainstream. The session included three chairs and nine artists presenting the state of environmental art in the 1990s.

 

West coast curator Patricia Watts, who lived in Southern California for over twenty years and attended the CAA conference in 1999, has participated in and observed this evolution of artists addressing environmental issues in the greater Los Angeles area. EcoLOGIC was developed to coincide with the 2009 CAA conference, once again in Los Angeles, to provide a survey of Southern California artists, architects and designers who pose aesthetic inquiries that express a unique logic, ecological reasoning or discourse including Calvin Abe, Kim Abeles, Samantha Fields, Sant Khalsa, Manfred Menz, Kathryn Miller, Lothar Schmitz, Glen Small, and Joel Tauber.

Cypress College Art Gallery

January 28 – February 28th, 2009

Opening reception January 28th 7-9pm

For more information go to http://ecologicla.blogspot.com

via ecoartspace: ecoLOGIC opens in Los Angeles.

Press Release

EcoLOGIC: A survey of Southern California artists, architects and designers who pose aesthetic inquiries that express a unique logic, ecological reasoning or discourse.

Cypress College Art Gallery
January 28 – February 28th, 2009
Opening reception January 28th 7-9pm

Artists include Calvin Abe, Kim Abeles, Samantha Fields, Sant Khalsa, Manfred Menz, Kathryn Miller, Lothar Schmitz, Glen Small, and Joel Tauber.

Curated by Patricia Watts, ecoartspace

Environmentalists often find it hard not to be sarcastic or even angry when working with individuals, organizations, and institutions that are ignorant of opportunities to protect the environment. The use of humor and metaphors are often employed by activists to playfully point out what is obvious to some, a way to open minds to new ideas. Artists have long pointed out the not so obvious through visual imagery, offering up symbols that can lead cultures to a new awareness. The following artists are of this practice. Their work displays a type of logic that questions its viewers to think deeper, harder, and to make sense of what they present. An ecolOGIC, if you will.

Calvin Abe: ah’bé
ah’bé landscape architects, an award-winning, Culver City based firm renowned for creating artful and ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure spaces, began a series of indoor art installations entitled Shreddings in 2003. Questioning our assumptions about what we do, this 4th iteration of recycled paper towers, or an abstract forest, furthers the dialogue on our current methods of waste disposal.

Kim Abeles
Abeles creates poignant or apt signifiers of environmental conditions. In her Signs of Life series, which she started in 2004, she uses satellite photographs to pinpoint or map plant life as sculptural objects. Using model trees she creates a magnified landscape of what little nature exists in urban areas.

Samantha Fields
Fields paintings depict nature’s extreme, environmental drama, unrestrained atmospheric landscapes, the sublime. She documents devastation from wildfires that question our understanding of natural cycles and human impacts on the land. These dreamy apocalyptic works remind us of our ability to forget that we live in a precarious, temporal world.

Sant Khalsa
Khalsa creates typologies of nature, as in her Western Waters series that describes the proliferation of water stores in the southwest. Consisting of over 200 stores to date, these black-and-white photographs of store facades and signage, signals a trend that either clean water is becoming a limited resource or an economically driven commercial product.

Manfred Menz
Since 2004, Menz has created an ongoing body of work entitled “Invisible Project.” Documenting sites around the world, where famous snapshots are usually taken by tourists, his digitally-enhanced large scale photographs reveal only the locations plant life. By removing the built environment, we see the evidence of nature’s role in today’s world.

Kathryn Miller
Miller’s work is deeply rooted in environmental issues, concepts, questions, and concerns. As a keen observer of the natural world, she combines knowledge of art and biology to illuminate human impacts on ecological systems and native habitat. With her dry sense of humor and sense of the absurd, she invents advertisements of green denial.

Glen Small
Small, a visionary “outsider” architect and founding member of SCI Arc in Los Angeles, developed a socially and environmentally responsible sensibility with his early projects in the 1970’s when he conceived of the Biomorphic Biosphere and Green Machine. His designs were inspired by his goal to transform the Los Angeles basin into a futuristic ecological region.

Lothar Schmitz
Through sci-fi like laboratory dioramas and sculptural systems, Schmitz shows how we shape nature with our desire to bring order or progress to our lives. With coiffed domestic settings, interiorized gardens, we have sealed off the natural world and have become psychologically immune to its unrestrained aesthetic.

Joel Tauber
In his video work entitled Sick-Amour, Tauber falls in love with a sycamore tree, an emblematic of where we are in the world today. Struggling to survive in the middle of a parking lot, the artist becomes an eco-warrior, guerrilla gardener, a fake civic worker, to save the tree.

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Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 6-8pm
The gallery is closed Friday except by appointment

For more information please contact Gallery Director Paul Paiement at 714.484.7134
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