899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
On view April 25th-June 30th, 2018
Opening Reception on April 25th, 2018 from 5:30-7:00pm
As more and bigger natural catastrophes visit our planet, ecology based arts are gaining ever greater importance. Ecological art respects the ecosystems of living species and their environments from an ethical, social, contextual, economic and aesthetic perspective while seeking to remedy or preserve life. It is socially engaged and socially interactive, and at times even intervention-based art.
The artists of this exhibition are diverse in their use of media and approach. They include Milena Popov who utilizes natural materials such as tea with which to make her calligraphic horizontal scrolls entitled Landscape Painted with Tea: Conversation with Nature, 2016. Barbara Roux’s At War With Plants, wall sculpture installation continues her work with endangered native trees covering the bark of her branches in camouflage materials. Mary Hrbacek’s anthropomorphic trees humanize nature in an effort to gain sympathy for them.
Jane Ingram Allen creates interventions and hand-made paper sculptures. Bill Pangburn’s Falling Water installations of the Texas Panhandle are about the water wars and resulting crisis. Joan Giordano also uses hand-made papers and searches out natural materials like branches or twigs, stones or even mud with which to form her powerful sculptures that cover feminist or social themes. Giorgos Tzinoudis incorporates nature into his work using beach pebbles transforming them into animation characters or Cycladic idols thereby giving them new life and preserving them. Antigone Kavvatha‘s forests speak of her love for nature but also for drawing originally a style advocated by the Academy. But, that’s where the Academic similarity stops. Kavvatha’s monumental horizontal scrolls have more in common with site specific installation art as well as with Asian calligraphy. Her layered scrolls on Glassine paper betray a crystalline tendency found in Japanese Zen ink painting rather than the shaded softness of Academic drawing. Ona B. is primarily an installation and performance artist who through her interventions and depictions of animals seeks to bring attention to their endangered status.
The world’s inherent natural balance depends upon its complex multivalent flora and fauna relationships that are not only ethically compelling but also absolutely necessary to human survival. Biodiversity and the prevention of animal extinction are two environmental factors to be sought for the sake of simple survival as humans are interrelated to these ecosystems. The exhibit and its artists use a visual language to call for respect towards our planet’s natural resources and for the well-being of the planet’s rich biodiversity.
Curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos