Upcoming events

    • Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MST)
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
    • 100

    Art and Earth Justice: Legal Strategies to Protect Nature

    Thursday, December 10

    USA: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

    EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England:18:00 GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00 UTC

    In this Zoom Dialogue we will hear from four ecoartspace members who have researched legal strategies around land use which has informed long term art projects created to protect nature. Hugh Pocock is currently working on a project that will designate lands as "off limits" to humans, essentially a non-human park titled No Mans Land. Eliza Evans created a project last summer titled All the Way to Hell in which she has distributed shares in her mineral rights in Oklahoma to monkey wrench oil and gas interests. Kim Stringfellow has been working on a multi-year documentary titled Mojave Project where she's exposed the land use strategies of developers and miners in the desert Southwest. And, Aviva Rahmani whose work titled The Blued Trees Symphony includes live trees which she has copyrighted to prevent the construction of a pipeline through her work.

    These artists are a great resource for our members who are interested to do similar work. Each presenter will have 10-15 minutes and following Q&A we will open it up to participants to engage in a round table format.

    Member Presenters:

    Hugh Pocock was born in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and raised in the United States, England and Aotearoa. His work investigates transactions between culture and natural phenomena. Pocock has developed a park concept that is an area of land that is off limits to humans. Titled No Man's Land, it is a park for the non human where nature is its own legal entity. He’s interested in the global movement of the Rights of Nature, and how land can be recognized as having "legal personhood".  The history and metaphor of the human relationship to natural resources, space, time and material culture are among the issues he investigates in his sculptures, installations and videos. Pocock is a faculty member at MICA and is the founding Coordinator of the Minor in Sustainability and Social Practice. He is the Co-Facilitator of the Global Ecologies Studio taught at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. nonmansland.org

    Eliza Evans experiments with sculpture, print, video, and textiles to identify disconnections and absurdities in social, economic, and ecological systems. The initial parameters of each work are carefully researched and then evolve as a result of interaction with people, time, and weather. Evans current work All the Way to Hell: All the Way to Hell is an activist art project for disrupting fossil fuel development on private land in the U.S. She was artist-in-residencie at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara in 2020. Evans was born in a rustbelt steel town and raised in rural Appalachia, and currently splits her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley. She holds an MFA from SUNY Purchase College in visual art and a Ph.D. in economic sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. allthewaytohell.com

    Kim Stringfellow is an artist, educator, writer and independent curator residing in Joshua Tree, California. Her work bridges cultural geography, public practice and experimental documentary into socially engaged transmedia experiences. Stringfellow explores the history of lands, often addressing environmental repercussions of human interaction and occupation. By focusing on particular communities or regions she attempts to foster a complex discussion of interrelated issues for each site while attempting to expose the cultural values and political agendas that form our connections with landspaces. Her projects combine writing, photography, audio, video, installation, mapping and community engagement. Stringfellow is a 2016 Andy Warhol for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in 2018, and is Professor at San Diego State University’s School of Art + Design. mojaveproject.org

    Aviva Rahmani’s exhibits, publishes and presents her ecological work internationally. Her project The Blued Trees Symphony (2015- present), legally challenged expanding fossil fuel infrastructures with copyrighted and sonified installations across miles of North America. The series of permanent works with trees were installed in corridors where natural gas pipelines were planned. Each tree is a "note" painted with a non-toxic casein pigment, a vertical sine wave on tree trunks. These installations were invited by private landowners protecting their forests from natural gas corporations. The work affirms an Earth rights relationship to ownership that values how trees sustain clean water, air, healthy complexity, demanding environmental justice and mitigating climate change. Rahmani is an Affiliate with the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder; gained her PhD from the University of Plymouth, UK and received her BFA and MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. ghostnets.com

    Gif images (top): Aviva Rahmani, The Blued Trees Symphony (2015-present). ©Aviva Rahmani; Kim Stringfellow, Mojave Project (2004-ongoing) ©Kim Stringfellow; Hugh Pocock, No Mans Lands, (2020-); ©Hugh Pocock; Eliza Evans, All the Way to Hell: All the Way to Hell, 2020 ©Eliza Evans.

    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MST)
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
    • 100

    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, December 17
    10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

    EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 8:00 GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00 UTC

    Shannon Amidon, Pamela Casper, Jeanne Dunn, Greg Rose

    The beauty and mystery of trees has long been a subject for artists, and more recently, concern for the survival of forests (the lungs of our planet) has been paramount. Each month, artists working in a diversity of media share their artworks and ideas about these most essential and extraordinary living beings. Additionally, guest speakers including scientists, writers and activists are invited to present their work and contribute to the dialogue.

    Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
    Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Member Presenters:


    Shannon Amidon will share her series Dendolatry – The Worship of Trees, about the symbolism and science of trees. Depicted in encaustic paintings, these multi-generational trees hold memory, time and family roots/growth/death, offering a bigger picture of history and environmental impact in contrast to the transitory and fragile nature of the human life cycle. Amidon will also discuss her latest venture The Verdancy Project. A 4.5-acre woodland property she purchased to develop, produce and facilitate public experiences and activities around art, natural sciences and environmental stewardship. 

    Currently residing in the PNW, Amidon is best known for her encaustic paintings and installations that incorporate organic and ephemeral materials. Her artwork explores a variety of themes including natural history, science, insects and their habitats and drawing attention to our current environmental crises. Amidon has been featured in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, curated group exhibits, been an expedition leader at Ayatana Artists Research Program in Canada, and attended residencies in California, Iceland and Costa Rica. shannonamidon.com

    Image: ©Shannon Amidon, In the Distance, encaustic, 12 x 12 inches

    Pamela Casper noticed the exposed roots of many trees while on a trip to the Umpqua Valley in Oregon. Pamela was inspired to imagine this world of Roots and organisms underground, engaged in a mysterious communication and coexistence. Pamela’s painting process mimics the opportunistic path roots take by allowing the pigment to follow water trails she places randomly on the paper. The animals, insects, and microscopic life appearing among the Roots are integral to this interactive network.

    Casper, a NYC native, attended La Guardia High School for Music and Art and Swarthmore College. She lived in Paris for two years, studying art and culture outside of academia. Pamela's early painting focused on the urban and rural landscape. In 2002 she became a mother to twins, and her artwork shifted to themes in Ecology. She has exhibited in the US and Europe. Pamela lives with her family and works in Brooklyn and Masonville, NY. pamelacasper.com

    Image: ©Pamela Casper, Roots Insects, 2013, watercolor on Arches paper, 28 x 36 inches

    Jeanne Dunn is keenly interested in how living beings are materially interconnected by the air, water and soils sustaining us. She engages with our current mental and moral climate by creating paintings and photo-collages that are pictorial allegories about Nature. Trees, simultaneously life-giving, life-preserving, and deadly, are seen as metaphors of our collective fate. The compositions, colors, marks, and strokes comprising her visual language start in contemporary realism and then develop into paradoxical scenarios inviting multiple levels of interpretation and message, including the active agency of trees.

    Dunn has appeared in publications including The Artist Portrait Project: A Photographic Memoir of Portrait Sessions with San Diego Artists, 2006-2016, by Jennifer G. Spencer (She Writes Press, 2018) and “Feminists Who Changed America,” by Barbara J. Love, ed. (University of Illinois Press, Urbana, and Chicago, 2006). She has a Master of Fine Art and Painting from San Diego State University (SDSU) where she later taught drawing and painting for 15 years, and a Bachelor of Art in Art and Art Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. jeannedunn.net

    Image: ©Jeanne Dunn, Risk It All, 2020, acrylic on canvas over panel, part of four-panel painting, 72 x 192 inches

    Greg Rose will discuss his ongoing project of documenting the various conifers of the Angeles Forest, in the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles. He will focus on his process and how it has been affected by the recent Bobcat Fire, which burned over 100,000 acres in the very area which he has been exploring for the past 12 years.

    Rose is a painter/photographer in Southern California who received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1997 and has exhibited in a number of galleries and institutions including the Richard Heller Gallery, the Carl Berg Gallery, Acme, Domestic Setting, Launch LA and PØST in the Los Angeles area, the Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco and New York, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO. More recently, Rose exhibited at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA, with a solo exhibition entitled, “Tree Stories.”

    Image: ©Greg Rose, 149 Trees (detail), 2018 - 2021 (work in progress), digital photographic file, size variable

Past events

Thursday, November 19, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 12, 2020 ecoart TECH
Thursday, October 29, 2020 TREE TALK : Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, October 15, 2020 ecofeminism
Thursday, September 24, 2020 TREE TALK l Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part Two
Thursday, September 10, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part One
Monday, August 31, 2020 Artists Supporting Indigenous Communities
Thursday, August 27, 2020 TREE TALK l Joshua Trees
Sunday, August 09, 2020 Atomic Dialogues
Thursday, July 30, 2020 TREE TALK
Sunday, June 28, 2020 My Life in Art: Bonnie Ora Sherk with Patricia Lea Watts
Friday, June 12, 2020 Performative Ecologies
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 l Earth Day Dialogues

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