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    • Thursday, March 11, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MST)
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    The Human Animal Connection

    Thursday, March 11

    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 consider the human animal connection through presentations by ecoartspace members Jan Harrison who will discuss her ongoing series including paintings and sculpture titled Animals in the Anthropocene, Rachel Frank who will present her Rewilding performances in site-specific landscapes and in videos, Lenore Malen who will present her Post Humanist projects including Eve in Sheepland, and Christopher Reiger who will discuss the concept of supernatural animal spirits or guides in relation to his paintings of nonhuman creatures.

    Each presenter will have 10-15 minutes and following Q&A will be led by our member respondent Ron Broglio.

    Member respondent:

    Ron Broglio is a senior sustainability scholar at the Global Institute for Sustainability at Arizona State University where he is also the Director of Desert Humanities, and co-director of the Institute for Humanities Research. His research focuses on how philosophy, art, and literature can help us rethink our relationship to the environment. The goal is to explore nonhuman comportment and thought through physical and representational engagement with animals and the landscape. Broglio is best known for his research and writing on nonhuman phenomenology and animal revolution. ronbroglio.com

    Member Presenters:

    Rachel Frank combines sculpture, video, and performance to explore our relationships and shifting perspectives towards natural history, climate change, and non-human species. Using fabric, clay, and other materials, she makes large-scale masks and other sculptural objects, which exist both as stand-alone works and as materials engaged in broader narratives. Frank often focuses on a particular species as a proxy or synecdoche for examining larger ecosystems and broader ecological concerns. She uses these works to interact with site-specific landscapes either with “Rewilding” performances that seek to engage with the landscapes’ memory and restore past ecosystems, or through ecologically driven sculptural videos. Frank is an artist and wildlife rehabilitator based in NYC. Solo and two-person exhibitions include MOCA Tucson (AZ), the SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NYC), Standard Space (CT), and Geary Contemporary (NYC). She has staged performances at HERE, Socrates Sculpture Park, and The Watermill Center in collaboration with Robert Wilson. rachelfrank.com

    Jan Harrison has explored since her earliest work the animal nature and the human psyche. Mysterious and intimate characters act within an inner landscape, similar to dreams. In 1979, after a dream, she began speaking in Animal Tongues, which led to her paintings and sculptural installations. In the series Animals in the Anthropocene, wild, feral, and domesticated animals look at us. Their eyes invite us into their world. They call to us and to each other. Many struggle in a world that has been changed by humans. Many face extinction. They want to live. There are great struggles and unknown outcomes. Exhibitions include Animal. Anima. Animus, Finland, Holland, Canada, MoMA PS1. She is the Inaugural Recipient of the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, NYFA. Her exhibition, ANIMULA - big little soul, 2020, was reviewed in Hyperallergic, Jan Harrison's Dream Animals, Carter Ratcliff. janharrison.net

    Lenore Malen makes films focused on utopian myths, beekeeping and sheep herding. They point to the long history of humanity’s destruction of our planetary ecosystems. She has raised honeybees and has made a documentary about the beekeepers who became her friends. Following she made a 3-channel film installation titled I Am The Animal, where interviews with beekeepers were intercut with historical and found footage, examining the industrialized treatment of bees and the ways we have anthropomorphized them. More recently her film titled Eve in Sheepland, set on a sheep farm, retells the Genesis myth through a darkly humorous lens. Malen is a NY-based interdisciplinary artist. She recently exhibited and performed at Wave Hill; Tuft’s University, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden; Studio 10, NY; Art Omi, Ghent, NY. She has lectured at the U of Geneva’s conference titled Approaching Post Humanism and the Post human, and at Pace University conference titled Welcome to the Anthropocene. Malen received a Guggenheim + NYFA Grants in 2015. lenoremalen.com

    Christopher Reiger intends for his work to be visually seductive, yet confrontational. He hopes that viewers are drawn to the pictures and that they want to meet the gaze of each represented animal, yet find sustained engagement slightly uncomfortable. His wraithlike creatures look back. They stare, offering an opportunity to accept their gaze and to wrestle with the very idea of doing so. What does it mean to look – to really look – into another creature’s eyes? Is it an empathetic exchange? Or a hostile, defensive one? His series Familiar references the concept of supernatural animal spirits or guides. Reiger is an artist, writer, and photographer fascinated by natural history, conservation, & ecology. His art and writing projects wrestle with contemporary constructions of nature, and the human relationship to nonhuman animal species. He's Virginia rooted, NYC steeped, and transplanted in Northern California, where he's working to spread roots. christopherreiger.art

    Images (top): ©Rachel Frank, Thresholds, 2019; ©Jan Harrison, THE FLOOD, 2018, pastel, ink, charcoal on rag paper, 22.5 x 30.25 inches, Series: Animals in the Anthropocene (detail); ©Lenore Malen, Eve in Sheepland; ©Christopher Reiger, Familiar: Great Horned Owl, 2019. 

    • Thursday, March 25, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MDT)
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    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, March 25
    10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

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

    David Paul Bayles, Jennifer Hand, Cynthia Hooper, Cindy Rinne

    Guest Geologist: Frederick J. Swanson

    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.

    Guest Presenter:

    Frederick J. Swanson will describe the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program associated with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (Oregon) in which this art-science project in the McKenzie River fire zone is situated. Artist-photographer David Paul Bayles brings attention to form and color and scientist Frederick J. Swanson brings a focus on forest history and physical-ecological processes in this blackened, skeletal forest, where the fire laid bare details of a landscape typically obscured by the clutter of foliage.

    Frederick J. Swanson is a retired research geologist with the US Forest Service, who studies forest and stream ecosystems affected by disturbances – logging, floods, volcanic eruptions, wildfire. Since 2000, he has facilitated engagement of writers and artists in the landscapes of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and ancient forest of the Andrews Experimental Forest as part of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program, based in the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

    Member Presenters:

    David Paul Bayles will present his current collaborative project with disturbance ecologist Frederick J Swanson. The Holiday Farm Fire along the McKenzie River in Oregon burned 170,000 acres last fall. Their art-science project is made up of three main components. The first involves 41 exact ʻPhoto Pointsʻ to be photographed monthly. Bayles will share eight typologies visually and biologically unique to a burned forest, and a portrait series of burned trees titled Standing, Still.

    Bayles photographs landscapes where the needs of forests and human pursuits often collide, sometimes coexist and occasionally find harmony. Selected publications include Orion, Nature, Audubon, Outside, L.A. Times, and Terrain. Selected public collections include Portland Art Museum, Santa Barbara Art Museum, Harry Ransom Center, Bibliotheque Nationale and Wildling Museum. The David Paul Bayles Photographic Archive was created in 2016 at The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley to archive his entire life’s work.

    Image: ©David Paul Bayles, Untitled, 1-16-2021, archival pigment print, 18 x 12, 24 x 16, 30 x 20 inches, each size edition of 7

    Jennifer Hand will tell the story of how her relationship with the trees on her own property has informed and shaped her work. She will share some of her recent projects including a documented performance in the woods, an ongoing community/social media project called “Leaf Notes”, and mixed media pieces evoking a spirit of collaboration and mutual care through the combination of tree leaves, drawing, donated used and worn clothing, and the process of sewing.

    Hand lives in Virginia in a small house in the woods with her husband and dog. She teaches for the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. Since receiving an MFA in painting in 1995, she has shown her work regionally, nationally and internationally, in over 30 solo or collaborative exhibitions and over 60 juried or group exhibitions. In addition to her solo work, Hand also occasionally works collaboratively with her artist father, Charlie Brouwer.

    Image: ©Jennifer Hand, Garment for Remembering the Earth, still from the video documented performance, garment made from oak leaves, beeswax, fabric, dye and thread

    Cynthia Hooper is an interdisciplinary artist who will present an overview of Northwestern California’s forest land and timber industry in relation to her research-based practice. Hooper has lived in rural Humboldt County for 30 years, and has documented its timber industry with paintings, videos, and essays. Economic exploitation has long impacted forest biota in ways both predictable and unexpected, and species perseverance (both human and non-human) in this complex environment is alternately granular and global in scope.

    Hooper examines infrastructural landscapes in the United States and Mexico. Exhibitions and screenings include the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Santa Fe Art Institute, and MASS MoCA. Grants and residencies include the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and Headlands Center for the Arts. Publications include Places Journal and Arid: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology.

    Image: ©Cynthia Hooper, A Negotiable Utopia: The Humboldt Bay Project (Natural Resources), 2014, digital video with sound (still image)

    Cindy Rinne speaks to trees and they answer in visions, poems, and artworks. She recycles scraps and heirloom treasures—Nigerian lace, brocade, doilies, organza and more in her fiber art to tell ancient/modern stories. Rinne’s art and poetry reflect the intersection of humans and trees in destruction and awe. Trees appear as witness, act as a container for visitation, or disappear in the cycle of life and death. Meet crone, goddess, magnolia, and larch.

    Rinne creates fiber art and poetry in San Bernardino, CA. Her artworks have been exhibited at LAAA/825, Los Angeles; the Lancaster Museum of Art and History; RAFFMA, Cal State San Bernardino; and the Torrance Art Museum. She is represented by Desert Peach Gallery in Yucca Valley, CA. She has published over 10 poetry books, is a Represented Poet by Lark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her poetry has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies.

    Image: ©Cindy Rinne, Lady of the Forest, 2008, tapestry, 32 x 40 inches, 36 x 40 inches

Past events

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 Performative Ecologies
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 l Earth Day Dialogues

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