detail from Aleksandar Popovic's Sinking Islands VIII, courtesy the curator and the artist.
Seen from the Anthropocene | Curated by Julia Kirchmer
October 25 - November 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2, 6 - 9pm
Open Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 6pm
On view 24/7, through window.
Seen from the Anthropocene embarks on a conversation about the effects of global warming on our planet, and considers human activity the catalyst for the process. Using painting, encaustic, photography, video, wood, and post-consumer material, nine artists comment on a landscape that has been so altered by mankind it has been dubbed The Anthropocene by geologists; “anthropo” for “man,” and “cene” meaning “new.” Investigating the dichotomy of dependence and abuse between humans and nature, stoked by scientific research, and inspired by the resulting emotions, Seen from the Anthropocene reflects real and imagined versions of our world, both optimistic and heartbreaking. Also incorporated into this exhibition is the recognition and disbelief that hard facts can be fluid, and even debated, in today’s world. Wiley Aker, Christopher Blyth, Sam Horowitz, Coalfather Industries (Kara Jansson and Craig Newsom), Sarah Langsam, Michael James Murray, Aleksandar Popovic, and Kate Rusek explore feelings of helplessness, anxiety, and sadness, but also portray hope in their work. With landscapes that are informed by the present, they depict possibilities of a not-so-distant future.
About the Artists
The artists featured in this exhibition met at the Governors Island Art Fair 2016, and a collaboration was born out of their similar conceptual interests. This group intends to spread environmental awareness through their work. Curator Julia Kirchmer sees the presentation of this group's work as contributing to one of the most important conversations of our time, and believes in art's power to engage, educate, and promote change.
Please visit each artist's website to view their work, and learn more about them:
Coalfather Industries (Kara Jansson and Craig Newsom)
About the Curator
Julia Kirchmer is an emerging curator. In early 2017, she co-founded a contemporary exhibition venue in Southern New Hampshire called The Front Space. Between 2013 and 2017, Julia was the Program Director for Gallery 263 (Cambridge, MA), where she coordinated over 40 exhibitions and residencies. She has both taught pre-college level Western Art History and planned Alumni exhibitions at Lesley University (Cambridge, MA), developed projects at Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY), and was a gallery assistant at FLAG Art Foundation (Manhattan, NY). Julia holds a BFA in Art History and Fine Art, with a minor in Arts Management from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, where she graduated Salutatorian with awards in 2013. She was born and raised in New York City.
For more information about the show or to book an appointment outside of gallery hours, please contact Julia at: email@example.com.
This exhibit is supported in part by a space grant from chashama, and made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.