Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    PLASTIC Dialogues

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021

    United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

    EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Thursday

    In this second roundtable discussion we will explore the many ways artists are addressing plastic production and consumption in their practice. There are currently over forty members who have identified plastics as one of their topics in our member directory. We will begin with invited members to share about their work for the first 30 minutes (no sharing screen), then 10-15 minutes in breakout rooms so everyone has the chance to share. (1 hour, no recording)

    MEMBERS ONLY plus one guest per member. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Image: ©Amy Deal, Consumer Culture, 2020, sewn recycled plastics, outdoor installation, Grand Rapids, MI.

    • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    WATER Dialogues

    Thursday, December 9, 2021

    United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

    EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday

    For our sixth and final dialogue before we break off into a collaborative group in January (through 2022), we will explore the ways artists are engaged with water issues. We are currently in the process of determining the parameters of the project to create a mobile vessel, valise, or repository that will house multiple works that address water issues around the planet. This would be a good time to attend if you would like to participate.  (1 hour, no recording)

    MEMBERS ONLY plus one guest per member. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Image: ©Kay Westhues, Spring on the Crow Farm, Greene County IN, archival inkjet print, 17.5″ x 11.5″ print on 19″ x 13″ paper

    • Thursday, December 16, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, December 16

    United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

    EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday

    Laziza Rakhimova, Johnny Plastini, Kellie Bornhoft, Skooby Laposky

    The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.

    For our December 2021 Tree TalkLaziza Rakhimova will speak about her infrared photographs of Prospect Park and Central Park, which capture invisible light to create an ephemeral and fugitive beauty. Johnny Plastini will discuss his current research project, which examines forest ecosystems and specifically lichen cultures from a holistic perspective. Kellie Bornhoft will present Burnishings, her series of drawings made with charcoal remnants from wildfires. Skooby Laposky will share Hidden Life Radio, a public art project that aims to increase awareness of trees in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the city’s disappearing canopy.

    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 $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Images: Laziza Rakhimova, Red Ochre, 2020; Johnny Plastini, Licheni Incantanti di Villa Borghese [Volume 2], 2021; Kellie Bornhoft, Burnishings, 2018-2020; Scooby Laposky, Hidden Life Radio, 2021


    Presenters:


    Laziza Rakhimova's infrared photographic C-prints of Prospect Park and Central Park are created in the aesthetics of Japanese paintings. These graphic, poeticized and abstracted into nature motif images elicit seasonal change and have a contemporary underlying theme of climate distress. They are sharp and bold, with green, blue, red, and yellow mimicking the heat and the gold leaf. Soon-to-drop leaves, detailed tree trunks, and distinct empty branches render a stylized feel. Rakhimova is a New York-based visual artist born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). She graduated from UPEC in Paris where she majored in sustainable development. Rakhimova completed her photography education at Dawson College, Montreal majoring in photography and at ICP, New York. Rakhimova’s artistic approach alters the reality of nature and addresses environmental tragedies. She has recently worked on projects dealing with water contamination, NY harbor's resiliency, climate and biodiversity through interaction with nature. seeingthroughnewyork.art

    Image: Laziza Rakhimova, Red Ochre, Infrared C-print, 2020



    Johnny Plastini's current research project examines forest ecosystems and specifically lichen cultures from a holistic perspective. Each image narrates lichen symbionts through the lens of both scientific and anthropological definitions of culture: (1) a collection of cells in a suitable condition for growth, (2) the customs and social institutions of a particular people or social group. Plastini is especially interested in the tension between new human-derived architectures and the evolved architectures of old forest growth. Plastini received his BA in interdisciplinary studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his MFA in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. He has completed residencies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, and MUDHOUSE in Crete, Greece. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University. johnnyplastini.carbonmade.com

    Image: Johnny Plastini, Licheni Incantanti di Villa Borghese [Volume 2], 2021, RISOgraph on Fabriano Tiziano, 12 x 16 inches



    Kellie Bornhoft's Burnishings is a series of drawings made with charcoal remnants from wildfires. The work seeks intimacy through touch with the hopes of learning about and caring for native species. As Bornhoft travels to any public land, she identifies trees and rubs the found charcoal across paper placed on the tree’s bark. As the drawings are made dust and bits of charcoal drop to the base of the tree. Bornhoft’s practice seeks tangible and poetic narratives needed in an ever-warming climate. Bornhoft is currently working in the Bay Area of California and lecturing at Stanford University. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and film festivals such as the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kulturanker in Magdeburg, Germany, and the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Bornhoft’s work has been reviewed and featured in many publications including Frieze Magazine. kelliebornhoft.com

    Image: Kellie BornhoftBurnishings, 2018-2020, charcoal on paper, 126  11 x 14 inch drawings, dimensions variable (about 20’ x 9’)



    Skooby Laposky's Hidden Life Radio is a public art project that aims to increase the general awareness of trees in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the city’s disappearing canopy. With the use of biodata sonification systems installed in various old-growth trees, listeners can tune in and hear the trees’ “hidden life.” Hidden Life Radio’s “broadcast” is a generative musical composition unfolding in real-time, livestreamed twenty-four hours a day from leaf out in early summer until leaf drop in November. Laposky is a sound designer and artist based in Cambridge, MA. Through the use of biodata sonification and deep listening techniques, Laposky creates generative real-time sound installations, musical recordings, and live performances based on the dynamics of ecosystems that are often hidden or unconsidered. Sound design and scoring clients have included A24 Films, PBS, New York Times, BBC, Arte, Nike, Smart Design, Museum of Modern Art, Neato Robotics and many more. skoobylaposky.com

    Image: Skooby Laposky, Hidden Life Radio, 2021, mixed media


    • Saturday, January 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Saturday, January 22

    United States: 9am PT, 10am MT, 11pm CT, 12pm ET

    EUROPE: 17:00 GMT

    For this new year, we invite you update your artist statement, for both your website and for your ecoartspace profile page. We want our artists to shine online when visitors search through the Member Directory. This is an excellent opportunity to powerfully articulate your vision.

    Cara Jordan is an art historian, editor, and educator whose research has focused on contemporary political, activist, and socially engaged public art. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she examined Joseph Beuys's concept of social sculpture as a model for socially engaged art.

    Feedback from last year's webinar: "definitely worth the money," "very insightful," "terrific workshop."

    $20 per person, MEMBERS ONLY

Past events

Tuesday, December 07, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 18, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Water Dialogues
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Plastic Dialogues
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 04, 2021 EXTRACTION
Thursday, October 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Some Kind of Nature - Plastics
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 30, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 09, 2021 EARTH SIGNS: September Birthday Celebration
Thursday, August 26, 2021 Forest Guardians Debrief
Thursday, August 26, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Art and Climate Publications
Thursday, July 22, 2021 I AM WATER Assembly
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, June 24, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Climate and Fiber/Textiles
Thursday, May 20, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Getting Off the Planet
Thursday, April 22, 2021 EARTH DAY for Trees
Thursday, March 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Human Animal Connection
Thursday, February 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Art and Agriculture
Thursday, January 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Memorial for Amy Lipton (1956-2020)
Thursday, December 17, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Art and Earth Justice
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 THE GREAT PAUSE DIALOGUES: TREES
Friday, June 12, 2020 Performative Ecologies
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE DIALOGUES: CLIMATE and COVID-19
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 l Earth Day Dialogues

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