Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 13, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MDT)
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Getting Off the Planet

    Thursday, May 13

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

    EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England:18:00 BST, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 18:00 WEST

    It's been over fifty years since humans left Earth and collectively looked back at the illuminated blue marble floating in space. How has our understanding of Gaia and the Cosmos evolved since then, and what does it mean to be here on now on planet Earth?

    In this Zoom Dialogue, we consider our human relationship with space while exploring the implications of mining off the earth for resources, as well as the cosmological considerations of seeking out other forms of life in the universe. Presentations by ecoartspace members include: Erika Blumenfeld will share her work exploring connections across the cosmos from astromaterials to marine bioluminescence; Adam Belt will present his representations of primordial energies made visible as light and of geologic time; Lanny DeVuono will present paintings from her recent series titled Searching For Water on Mars; Sandra Taggart will share her paintings that remind us of our oneness with the universe; and Candace Jensen will present her visual essays on the mythic and symbolic language of Earth herself.

    Note: With five presenters it might cut into our time for Q&A, though we know there will be questions and provocative dialogue. The event will be recorded for the first 1.5 hours and we will go for an additional 30 minutes if needed.

    Member Presenters:

    Erika Blumenfeld is a transdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher whose practice is motivated by the wonder of natural phenomena and the relationship between nature and culture. Blumenfeld approaches her work like an archivist, driven to trace and collect the evidence and stories of connection across the cosmos. Her studio has included laboratories, observatories and in extreme environments, with notable collaborations with NASA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, McDonald Observatory, and the South African National Antarctic Program. She is a Guggenheim and Smithsonian Fellow, recipient of an Island Press and Rauschenberg Foundation Artist-in-Residence and the Creative Capital Award. She has exhibited her work in the U.S. and abroad, and is featured in the books Art and Ecology Now and The Polaroid Book. erikablumenfeld.com

    Adam Belt is focused on the natural forces that course through the universe. In his paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, the evanescent is made palpable. Much of his work is a contemplation of physical and phenomenological aspects of our world, the cosmos, God, and religion. Fascinated by the science of natural processes, Belt uses his artwork as a means of connecting with the ineffable, something beyond those forces. His work has dealt with landscape, geology, light, ecology and space exploration, all naturally involving considerations of scale in terms of distance, time and a sense of reverence for the sublime. He's had exhibitions in Paris at Topographie de L'Art (2019), in a pop-up exhibition A Religious Experience via WONDERSPACES (2017), and in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at Crystal Bridges Museum (2014). adambelt.com

    Lanny DeVuono is a painter, writer and retired art professor living in Berkeley, California. In her series of paintings titled Searching For Water on Mars she uses landscape imagery as a metaphor, connecting the environmental crises on earth to our human desire for exploration. DeVuono deliberately uses imagery from where she lives in imaging outer space akin to how 16th century Theodorus DeBry imagined the Americas without ever being there. She has taught at UC Denver (Emerita), EWU, New York University, William Paterson, Rangsit University in Thailand and Trivandrum College of Fine Art in India. Awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, an Artist Trust Fellowship (WA), a GAP Grant, residency awards at Yaddo, Centrum, Jentel and RedLine, Sitka, among others. lannydevuono.com

    Sandra Taggart uses paint, crystals, glitter, gel pens, pencils, pastels, performance and video to explore and interpret our earth and the universe. From gas clouds and stars to the mold on decaying flowers, her work considers the interconnectivity of all things and provides perspective on our place in the cosmos. It’s with apparent awe that she makes work to suggest that, while we are in and of the universe, we are but a minuscule part of the magnificent whole. Taggart earned a BFA from SAIC and is a recipient of a BAC CAF grant. She lives in Brooklyn and has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries including the Hammond Museum, New York, and the Austin Museum of Art, Texas. sandrataggart.com

    Candace Jensen is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, printmaker, calligrapher, and activist using hand-made inks, gold leaf, print, and painting to create visual essays that expand calligraphic illumination’s tradition of cultural reliquary beyond that of anthropocentrism. Influenced by Lovelock's Gaia Theory and interdependence principles, her work asserts through mythic and symbolic language that Earth herself is worthy of the gilded, decorated Capital. Jensen earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and her BFA from Tyler School of Art. Currently, she's Letterpress Director at the Ruth Stone House, and cofounder of In Situ Polyculture Commons, a regenerative residency in Vermont on unceded lands of the Elnu Abenaki. In 2021 the artist will sail on the autumn Arctic Circle Residency voyage. candacejensen.com

    Images (top): ©Erika Blumenfeld, Moving Light: Bioluminescence (Pyrocystis Fusiformis), 2011, DV (00:11:00, looped, silent), dimensions variable; ©Adam Belt, Rock of Ages, 2019, 30 layers of crushed rocks mixed with resin in order of age from 4.6 billion years old (Campo del Cielo Meteorite) on the bottom to 0 years old (I-5 Freeway Expansion) on the top, approximately 4 x 5 x 3 inches; ©Lanny DeVuono, Small Searching for Water on Mars #8 (of 50), 2020, graphite and gesso on board, 10 x 10 x 3 inches (ongoing series); ©Sandra Taggart, After Sunset, 2019, Flashe and crystals on canvas, 48 x 48 inches; ©Candace Jensen, Weft and Weave of the Cosmos, 2018, coffee, pastel, gouache and gold leaf on paper, 98 x 86 inches.

    • Thursday, May 20, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MDT)
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, May 20
    10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

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

    Marie-Luise Klotz, Christopher Lin, Erika Osborne, Leah Wilson

    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:

    Marie-Luise Klotz considers how nature is deeply entangled in her series "Connected Earth." Inspired by how trees in a forest communicate through their root systems, forming an egoless community in which one life is directly joined to another, Klotz’s images challenge our perception of individuality. Combining fine art and environmental photography, Klotz’s work is deeply rooted in the care and concern for the environment and the natural world. She uses imagery found in nature to create metaphors, depicting how natural concepts and phenomena relate to the human condition. Klotz holds an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and lives and works in Bozeman, Montana. marieluiseklotz.com

    Image: ©Marie-Luise Klotz, Chimera #6, 2017, archival inkjet print, various edition sizes

    Christopher Lin will present his sculptural, installation, and performative works focused on empathy, symbiosis, maintenance, and responsibility through active relationships with organisms such as Mimosa pudica (sensitive plants), Spathiphallum (peace lilies), and Selaginella lepidophylla (resurrection plants) as well as mosses and lichen, detritivores, and songbirds. Focusing on the poetics of re-contextualization, he collects, deconstructs, and recombines materials to create chimeras that reflect on the existential trauma of environmental anxiety. 
Fueled by a lifelong obsession with fossils, his artworks question the world we inhabit and envision the one we will leave behind. After studying at Yale University and Hunter College, he was awarded the C12 Emerging Artist Fellowship (2016) and Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship (2020). He's based in Brooklyn, New York and is co-director of the artist collective Sprechgesang Institute and teaches at Hunter College. christopherlinstudio.com

    Image: ©Christopher Lin, Zuru zuru (Drifting), 2020, various collected mosses and lichens, springtails and dwarf isopods, soil, activated carbon, glass bottles, water, sand, sea glass, and aquarium, 10 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches


    Erika Osborne is focused on trees as metaphor and subject in an on-going exploration of the relationship between nature and culture. Western forests have become a stage in which economics, politics, aesthetics, and desire confront natural environments and the ecosystems they support. How does this play out? What are the consequences of such interactions? Why do we love and abuse the environment simultaneously? These are just a few of the questions that drive the artists' practice. Osborne has been a contributing author for books and journals on field-based art education and practice. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a recent Fulbright fellowship to Mexico. Her work has been highlighted in five books surveying environmental art practices including in Vision and Place: John Wesley Powell and Reimagining the Colorado River Basin (2020). Osborne is Associate Professor at Colorado State University. erikaosborne.com

    Image: ©Erika Osborne, Homage to Converse Basin, 2009, Charcoal on vineyard stakes, 84 x 180 inches

    Leah Wilson will tell the story of "Listening to the Forest," her installation created for Oregon State University's College of Forestry. The foundation of the project was climbing an old-growth tree each season to pay attention to the way it sways through time. Without time, there is no rhythm, no music of the land. We feel this rhythm within us when we feel we know a place: it becomes a part of us. Wilson's place-specific artwork and writing is informed by physical engagement with the environment, observation, and curiosity toward ecological research. A 2012 residency at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest introduced her to ecologists and long-term research has evolved, becoming a lifelong engagement with the place. Wilson is a founding member of Gray Space, a group of artists claiming agency and circumventing institutional structures while exploring how art influences place and place influences art. leahwilson.com

    Image: ©Leah Wilson, Listening to the Forest (Douglas-fir Root), 2020, Acrylic and bio-based resin on birch, Installation detail from 16 panels, 62 x 46 inches each

Past events

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

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