Monday, September 13, 2010
Devil's Tower has officially become an LA Monument, at least for a little while, until the clay dries in the exhibition of Matthias Merkel Hess' new work, which comes down on October 2nd at Las Cienegas Projects. The notion of recreating an iconic natural wonder (the original is located in Wyoming) in an urban setting, even in a gallery, is a novel one. Hess, who is the creator of the EcoArtBlog and editor/publisher of Mammut magazine, which he launched in 2008, is also a recent MFA graduate from UCLA (and undergraduate in Journalism and Environmental Sciences). For his first solo show in a LA gallery, he has chosen to combine his interest in art and ecology with his love of clay, in a brillant "outpost" installation where visitors can purchase handmade postcards, paperweights and miniature color glazed clay replicas of Devil's Tower, all under $20 each. Wall posters are original works of art and go for a lot more, but still under $1,000. If you cannot afford to go to Wyoming to see the real Devil's Tower, it is highly suggested you head on over to La Cienega near the 10 Fwy and catch a glimpse of Hess' handmade wonder ASAP.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Ben Maltz Gallery
Otis College of Art and Design
October 2 - December 4, 2010
Kim Abeles, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Frau Fiber, Garnet Hertz, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Seth Kinmont, Liza Lou, David Prince, Mark Newport, Alyce Santoro, Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn), Eddo Stern.
Inspired by the cultural currents represented in the popular magazines MAKE and CRAFT published out of Northern California, MAKE:CRAFT includes contemporary artists who combine handmaking and building techniques to create, engineer and hack unique, mostly functional devices, objects, machines and accessories; making either a sociopolitical statement, creating new markets for individual styled products, or creating inventive ways to experience the tactile world, non-virtual, the “real.”
The exhibition is guest curated by Patricia Watts, founder and west coast curator of ecoartspace, who feels that recent trends in the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement of making and crafting have empowered contemporary artists and designers to create more socially relevant work that supports sustainable communities.
Go to the Maker blog HERE
Go to MAKE:CRAFT Facebook page HERE
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday May 1st-Sunday May 2nd 2010
2-Day Workshop in Joshua Tree, 12 students, $120 fee
The New Everyday Live is an endeavor designed to both stimulate conversation and catalyze action by considering overlap between contemporary art and craft, sustainable living, survival skills, ecology and earth science, and cultural variation. Each participant in The New Everyday Life will leave with a new set of skills and inspirations, after intimately experiencing the Mojave desert’s unique context for life and living.
Only a few spots left as of 4/21. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information go to: http://www.highdeserttestsites.com
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This Sunday at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles you will find a day long program of water and sustainability education. It is a non plastic event (however they are providing paper cups - which someone will need to talk with them about). I'm sure it will be a good turnout. It is always fun to go to events like these and educate the educators on how it could be even more GREEN.
Don't miss the Water Justice Forum at 1:30pm where speakers will discuss water challenges for Los Angeles from the Southern California Watershed Alliance, Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, and Urban Semillas.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The LA Urban Rangers are wrapping up a three year Malibu Project to celebrate public beaches one last time. They are offering three mini-safari's at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, February 27th. No sign up and all are welcome to come along!
These tours are meant to share how to access these beaches peacefully, legally, safely and respectfully.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Gadget or device art is a great tool for ecovisualization. This is an interesting symposium happening Feb. 18 & 19th at UC Los Angeles. Gadget OK! (also an exhibition) will explore new ways of bridging art, design, technology, science and entertainment using both latest innovations and everyday technology.
RSVP via Facebook HERE
Or, for more information go HERE
Friday, February 5, 2010
For those of us who have followed the art and ecology movement over the last two decades, Mel Chin is considered an influential pioneer combining art with brownfield remediation. His famous or infamous Revival Field (1989-ongoing) funded with NEA money that was rescinded then later reinstated, demonstrated the natural processes of removing heavy metals from soil using hyper accumulator plants. He did this project in collaboration with an agronomist at a landfill site in Minnesota.
Mel will be in Los Angeles next week to give a talk on his Fundred Dollar Bill Project in New Orleans. If you have never heard him speak, you should go, with the promise that you will be entertained and educated. Being an artist should be so much fun!
For more information go the FarmLab website HERE
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Big City Forum invites you to a round table conversation about our relationship to nature, issues of perception, land use and the built environment.
Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2010
4 - 6 pm
Honor Fraser Gallery
Culver City, CA
REBECA MENDEZ is a professor at UCLA, Design | Media Arts who works in photography and video art installations to explore issues of perception, specifically our relationship to technologically mediated nature. Méndez’s works are included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, National Design Museum, NY, and Denver Art Museum, among many others.
KIM STRINGFELLOW is an artist and educator residing in Los Angeles, California. She teaches multimedia and photography courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
EAT LACMA is a year-long investigation into food, art, culture and politics. Fusing the richness of LACMA's permanent collection with the ephemerality of food and the natural growth cycle, EAT LACMA's projects consider food as a common ground that explores the social role of art and ritual in community and human relationships. EAT LACMA unfolds seasonally, with artist's gardens planted and harvested on the museum campus, hands-on public events, and a concurrent exhibition, Fallen Fruit Presents The Fruit of LACMA (June 27-November 7, 2010). It culminates in a day-long event (November 7, 2010) in which over fifty artists and collectives will activate, intervene, and re-imagine the entire museum's campus and galleries. EAT LACMA is curated by Fallen Fruit—David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young—and LACMA curator Michele Urton.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Patricia Watts of ecoartspace will present a lecture on the exhibition Hybrid Fields which she curated for the Sonoma County Museum in 2006 including 18 artists who address how food is grown, distributed and consumed in their art practice. The lecture is in conjunction with the "Watts Cooking: Imagining an Accessible Food Infrastructure" course in the Community Design Program at SciArc taught by Michael Pinto, Program Coordinator.
Southern California Institute of Architecture
960 E. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Parking at 320 E Merrick Street
This program creates opportunities to engage with various local communities by spearheading a number of tactical, action-based projects enabling students to collaborate directly with community agencies and undertake design/build projects. Each project deals with some form of practical and urgent problem solving circumstance and might involve the creation of built structures or functional implements, or the imparting of vital skills to community members or at-risk groups.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Did you know that nearly 70% of materials thrown in the trash are commonly recyclable? Help educate your students by educating yourself. Go to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Workshop!
Are you interested in learning why recycling is so critical? Interested in how to recycle on your campus? Interested in the best practices to take your recycling program to the next level? The Waste Reduction and Recycling Workshop introduces participants to Los Angeles County's waste cycle and helps teachers and students set up or improve their campus recycling programs.
The Waste Reduction & Recycling Workshop will take place:
Saturday, November 7th
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Registration begins at 8:30am
Culver City High School
4401 Elenda Street
Culver City, CA 90230
Click here to register! Registration Deadline: November 6th, 2009
Contact Steve Howe at: email@example.com or (310) 402-7400
Friday, October 9, 2009
For the fourth and final installment of Almost Utopia, the gallery at 18th Street Arts Center will be dedicated to an unprecedented investigation of 100 Car-Less Angelinos and it will tell their stories of living in Los Angeles.
Public Discussions are as follows:
November 6, 9:30PM
Ride-ARC Ride on Santa Monica Car and Pedestrian Culture: Alex Amerri
November 11, 7:OOPM
“Walking in LA” Panel/Discussion with:
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor, UCLA Department of Urban Planning; author of Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation Over Public Space
Herbert Medina, Professor, Loyola Department of Mathematics
Nigel Raab, Assistant Professor, Loyola Department of History
DJ Waldie, author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, Real City:Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out and Where We are Now: Notes from Los Angeles, Public Information Officer for the City of Lakewood
Damon Willick, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Loyola Marymount University
November 14, 2pm
“Transportation and the Future of Los Angeles”
Jessica Meaney, Transportation Planner, So. CAL Assoc. of Governments
Browne Molyneux, Journalist and Blogger, Shame Train LA
Claude Willey, Artist, Urbanist and Educator, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, California State University, Northridge
Others to be confirmed
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Upcoming Opportunities for Member Participation
SCRAP CASTLES | SUSTAINABLE BEACH ART EVENT
Saturday, September 26, 2009 | 9am
Lifeguard Tower 4 | In front of 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA
Near Annenberg Community Beach House | Parking south of 415 PCH
Event Description | Designers and builders are encouraged to come out and enjoy the morning on the beach with fellow Emerging Green Builders (EGB). We will design and create large and small scale scrap castles comprised of sand and your scrap materials. This is a great time to meet the group, learn about upcoming events, and of how you can become involved. Please review the Beach Rules included below.
What You Bring | Used scrap materials such as: window frames (no glass), doors, small furniture, lumber, ply, (no nails) and any decorative item that you can haul out to the beach. Sand castle tools such as: buckets, shovels and maybe a ladder. Bring a friend, co-worker, or partner.
Beach Rules | Normal beach restrictions will apply: No smoking, no fires or fireworks, no tents or temporary enclosures, lifeguards' directions must be obeyed, etc. For more on Beach Rules, see http://www01.smgov.net/osm/beachrules.htm. Be sensible when choosing scrap to bring to the beach. If you are unsure about what you may bring or are looking for more information about this event, you may contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note | Tours of the Annenberg Community Beach House are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for more information contact Paul at email@example.com
EGB-LA, a committee of the USGBC-LA Chapter provides emerging green builders, primarily young professionals and students, a network from which to gain knowledge and become involved in the green building community, established by the USGBC-LA.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Public Fruit Jam 2009!
Fourth Annual Jam with the Fallen Fruit Collective
Sunday, August 2
10am to 1pm
This year Fallen Fruit has also sent out a National Call for a Summer of Public Fruit Jams, encouraging people everywhere to get together and organize their own collective jam sessions. Their hope is to inspire a national movement of public jamming.
Monday, July 20, 2009
From the Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles: As Renzo Piano suggests, sustainability is the 21st century order for architecture and the built environment-and when exceptional design is seamlessly integrated with new high performance standards for conservation and sustainable building practices are implemented, innovative and sophisticated solutions are the result. This evolution of form is coming of age and changing the landscape one space, one home, and one building at a time. The Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles (AFLA) mission recognizes this metamorphosis of design integrated with the language of sustainability and a spirit of environmental justice. AFLA recognizes both LEED and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) as measures of best practice sustainable design and sees a need to recognize design elegance in that context. The Design/Green Awards were created by the AFLA to honor exceptional design of LEED and LBC projects in Southern California. As with the judging of last year's entries, this year's jury will include internationally recognized architects, engineers, and designers.
To download an application form go to http://www.afla.us/cfe.html
Monday, June 1, 2009
UNITED FRUIT at LACE
FALLEN FRUIT who will be in residence at the Hedlands in the Bay Area for the month of July opens a new show this month in Los Angeles that explores the most popular fruit in the world, the banana. United Fruit, drawn from Fallen Fruit’s recent trip to Colombia, examines the social, political and pop history of the banana.
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028
Gallery Hours: Weds-Sun 12-6, Fri 12-9
Friday, May 29, 2009
On the trail of A Half Mile of Al Fresco Installations, sculptures and performancesKaren Bonfigli & Andreas Hessing
Thadeus Frazier-Reed and Cassia Streb
John P. Hastings
John O’Brien & Cielo Pessione
June 6, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
June 7, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Hahamongna Watershed Park (see below for directions)
A stroll through art and nature
Directions to Show: The Park is in the northwest corner of Pasadena, just south of JPL. Exit the 210 Fwy. at the Berkshire/Oak Grove offramp (N. of 210/134 Intersection). If you were going west on 210, turn right. If going east on 210, turn left. Turn left at Oak Grove (light at end of Berkshire). Go 0.3 miles to stop light at Foothill Blvd.. Turn right into park. Turn left to go down the hill to main parking area. Maps will be available at parking lot island.
Friday, May 22, 2009
This is an awesome community arts project that connects graduate students in the Social Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design with the rural agricultural area of Laton, California. Initiated by Suzanne Lacy who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. For more information go to https://wikis.otis.edu/sjv/index.php/Welcome!_Bienvenidos!_Bem-vindo!
The very first Social Practice program "graduate exhibition" open till June 6th at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery (includes work by Candida Ayala, Andy Manoushagain, Ofunne Obiamiwe, Jules Rochielle Sievert and Tory Tepp). Installation shot below:
Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator of Pitzer Art Galleries in Pomona, has organized an oddly cool and thoughtful grouping of artists at 18th Street Complex in Santa Monica entitled 2019: CULTS, COLLECTIVES & COCOONING. The show includes some ecoartspace favorites like Fallen Fruit and Machine Project, Joel Tauber (in ecologic at Cypress 2009), as well as Jason Middlebrook who east coast ecoartspace curator Amy Lipton has worked with the last couple years on various projects.
What I like about this concept most is the imagined and practical applications that inspire a conversation about what kind of future do we want to live in. Do we want to live in fear, or in awe of the universe, and work together to solve very real problems creatively?
This exhibition features objects, installations, photography, drawing and video works by emerging and established artists and explores three related themes: real and fictional intentional communities, the power of the collective versus the individual, and sustainable solutions for future living. Other artists include: Stephanie Smith/WSAC, Bede Murphy/Unarius, and Nattaphol Ma (artist fellow, 18th Street).
Jason Middlebrook, A Fresh Start,
2009, Pencil on Paper, 55'' X 132''
© courtesy of artist Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Linda Weintraub, writer, curator, educator, and artist and author of a series of college textbooks entitled Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Relocating Art and Its Public
Wednesday, February 25, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Chair: Kim Yasuda, UCSB
Gregory Sholette, Queens College
Christina Ulke, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
Cameron Cartiere, Birkbeck College, University of London
Dara Greenwald, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Justseeds.org, Josh MacPhee
Marko Peljhan, UCSB
Daniel Tucker, AREA Chicago
Land Use in Contemporary Art I
Thursday, February 26, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Chair: Kirsten Swenson, UNLV
Emily Eliza Scott, UCLA
Paul Monty Paret, University of Utah
Janet Kraynak, New School University
Navjotika Kumar, Kent State University
Martino Stierli, Universität Basel
Matthew Coolidge, CLUI
Proof: Art Illuminating Science
Thursday, February 26, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Chair: Ellen K. Levy, NYU
Lillian Ball, Cooper Union
Aviva Rahmani, Vinalhaven, Maine
Bill Tomlinson, UCI
Carol Steen, Touro College
Lev Manovich, UCSD
Roger Malina, CNRS
Green Foundations: Curricular and Environmental Sustainability
Thursday, February 26, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Chair: Steven Bleicher, CCU
Tim Rumage, Ringling
Sheryl Haler, Ringling
Tracy Doreen Dietzel, Edgewood College
Linda Weintraub, Rhinebeck, NY
Place Markers: Artists, Technology, and Landscape
Friday, February 27, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Chair: Peter Dykhuis, Dalhousie Art Gallery
James Geurts, Australia
Evamaria Trischak, Vienna
Emily Vey Duke/Cooper Battersby, Syracuse/Colgate
The Ecological Imagination: From Land Art to BioArt
Friday, February 27, 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
Chair: Rita Raley, UCSB
Melissa Sue Ragain, UV
Linda Weintraub, Rhinebeck, NY
Rita Raley, University California, Santa Barbara
Land Use in Contemporary Art, Part II
Saturday, February 28, 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
Chair: Kirsten Swenson, UNLV
Kimberly Paice, University of Cincinnati
Alexandra Schwartz, Museum of Modern Art
Chris Taylor, Texas Tech University
Ann Wolfe, Nevada Museum of Art
Patricia Watts, ecoartspace
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
If you click on the CAA logo you will go to the conference sessions page.
Patricia Watts, curator of ecoLOGIC and founder/curator of ecoartspace will be presenting at CAA on Saturday, February 28th for the session "Land Use in Contemporary Art, Part II." The session runs from 2:30 PM–5:00pm in the Concourse Meeting Room 407, Level 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Session Chair is Kirsten Swenson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Presenters include: On Wheat Kimberly Paice, University of Cincinnati; Urban Earthworks: Land Art and Gender in 1970s New York by Alexandra Schwartz, Museum of Modern Art; Scratches, Roads, and Monuments: Ground Truth in Land Arts of the American West by Chris Taylor, Texas Tech University; "Mushrooms|Clouds": Museums, Interdisciplinary Networks, and Environmental Initiatives by Ann Wolfe, Nevada Museum of Art; and Land Ethics: Post–Land Art by Patricia Watts, Ecoartspace.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Cypress College Art Gallery
January 28 – February 28th, 2009
Opening reception January 28th 7-9pm
Artists include Calvin Abe, Kim Abeles, Samantha Fields, Sant Khalsa, Manfred Menz, Kathryn Miller, Lothar Schmitz, Glen Small, and Joel Tauber.
Curated by Patricia Watts, ecoartspace
Environmentalists often find it hard not to be sarcastic or even angry when working with individuals, organizations, and institutions that are ignorant of opportunities to protect the environment. The use of humor and metaphors are often employed by activists to playfully point out what is obvious to some, a way to open minds to new ideas. Artists have long pointed out the not so obvious through visual imagery, offering up symbols that can lead cultures to a new awareness. The following artists are of this practice. Their work displays a type of logic that questions its viewers to think deeper, harder, and to make sense of what they present. An ecolOGIC, if you will.
Calvin Abe: ah'bé
ah'bé landscape architects, an award-winning, Culver City based firm renowned for creating artful and ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure spaces, began a series of indoor art installations entitled Shreddings in 2003. Questioning our assumptions about what we do, this 4th iteration of recycled paper towers, or an abstract forest, furthers the dialogue on our current methods of waste disposal.
Abeles creates poignant or apt signifiers of environmental conditions. In her Signs of Life series, which she started in 2004, she uses satellite photographs to pinpoint or map plant life as sculptural objects. Using model trees she creates a magnified landscape of what little nature exists in urban areas.
Fields paintings depict nature’s extreme, environmental drama, unrestrained atmospheric landscapes, the sublime. She documents devastation from wildfires that question our understanding of natural cycles and human impacts on the land. These dreamy apocalyptic works remind us of our ability to forget that we live in a precarious, temporal world.
Khalsa creates typologies of nature, as in her Western Waters series that describes the proliferation of water stores in the southwest. Consisting of over 200 stores to date, these black-and-white photographs of store facades and signage, signals a trend that either clean water is becoming a limited resource or an economically driven commercial product.
Since 2004, Menz has created an ongoing body of work entitled “Invisible Project.” Documenting sites around the world, where famous snapshots are usually taken by tourists, his digitally-enhanced large scale photographs reveal only the locations plant life. By removing the built environment, we see the evidence of nature’s role in today’s world.
Miller’s work is deeply rooted in environmental issues, concepts, questions, and concerns. As a keen observer of the natural world, she combines knowledge of art and biology to illuminate human impacts on ecological systems and native habitat. With her dry sense of humor and sense of the absurd, she invents advertisements of green denial.
Small, a visionary “outsider” architect and founding member of SCI Arc in Los Angeles, developed a socially and environmentally responsible sensibility with his early projects in the 1970’s when he conceived of the Biomorphic Biosphere and Green Machine. His designs were inspired by his goal to transform the Los Angeles basin into a futuristic ecological region.
Through sci-fi like laboratory dioramas and sculptural systems, Schmitz shows how we shape nature with our desire to bring order or progress to our lives. With coiffed domestic settings, interiorized gardens, we have sealed off the natural world and have become psychologically immune to its unrestrained aesthetic.
In his video work entitled Sick-Amour, Tauber falls in love with a sycamore tree, an emblematic of where we are in the world today. Struggling to survive in the middle of a parking lot, the artist becomes an eco-warrior, guerrilla gardener, a fake civic worker, to save the tree.
CLICK ON THE IMAGES (RIGHT) TO GO TO THE ARTISTS WEBSITES
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 6-8pm
The gallery is closed Friday except by appointment
For more information please contact Gallery Director Paul Paiement at 714.484.7134