“Climate Crisis – An Artistic Response”

Redwood City, CA @ The Main Gallery

Climate Crisis:  An Artistic Response opens Wednesday May 29th and runs through Sunday, June 30th.  This exhibit showcases eight of The Main Gallery artists; Joyce Converse, Jeanne Gadol, Katinka Hartmetz, Diana Herring, Terri Wilson Moore, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, David Schuffas, and Arena Shawn. An intelligent, creative conversation is posed between artist and viewer regarding climate change. This show raises questions and sparks contemplation about the future of the planet. Through irony, humor, comparison, rhythm and more, the depth of the show is sure to ignite a reaction from viewers.

Opening Reception with the artists 
Saturday June 1st, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Here is a sampling of the creative style and artistic observations presented for you at
The Main Gallery’s Climate Crisis exhibit:
“Too much to lose” is the focus for Joyce Converse  in The Main Gallery’s current Climate Crisis exhibit. Converse explains how her house rests on a ridge with 360O views.  A recent visit to her 20 acres property by the US Dept of Agriculture estimates that due to Converse’s care and choice of native tree and shrub plantings, as many as 70 different species of native birds are suspected to live on her land. Converse describes her oil paintings as projecting deep passion, inspiration, and understanding for landscape’s “spirit, beauty and habitat, especially the local Santa Cruz mountain landscape.” http://www.joyceconversepaintings.com/Artist.html 

The digital art of Jeanne Gadol focuses on birds and animals. The images of these creatures, combined with geometric forms and repeated in patterns, suggest extinction and loss, the need for hope and balance, and the uncertainty and burden associated with climate change. Gadol explains that her art’s aesthetic rhythm, form and pattern are a “visual merging of the rugged Northern California landscape and wildlife, with images absorbed while on three life changing Africa safaris.”  http://www.jeannegadol.com

Using an old window, a birdcage, a table, and a library card file, multimedia artist Katinka Hartmetz uses altered photographs and paintings in combination to express nostalgia. Hartmetz asks, “Does anyone remember what the old days were like?” Her images of stormy sea give a sense that something perilous may be waiting the future of humankind.

The prints by Diana Herring use humor to show how current human behavior is leading to a potentially deadly situation. In “The Road Ends,” a happy little girl and a skeleton are in an old jalopy, running off the road’s edge. In “Carbon Footprint,” a man’s face is being swept over by a wave as a foot looms over his head. Herring states that she “came to the conclusion that climate change is the result of entropy (lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder). She further describes climate change as the “accumulation and population of human waste and activity. Such as the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and overpopulation of our earth.”  http://themaingallery.org/diana-herring-printmaking/

Painter, Terri Wilson Moore combines detailed graphite drawings, layers of paint, acrylic gels, and elements of collage onto panels to illustrate the unchecked growth of bark beetles (that are destroying pine forests) and human destruction that’s gradually eliminating the rain forest. In her pieces Moore includes text from UN reports on climate change, and incorporates red threads throughout to underscore a sense of unraveling, suggesting things coming apart that can lead to serious consequences. Moore asks, As the evidence of harm keeps accumulating, why don’t we respond in a way that matches the threat?”  http://themaingallery.org/t-moore/

For this exhibit, oil painter Elizabeth Noerdlinger focuses on animals and plants that will benefit in a warmer, higher carbon dioxide environment. Incorporating information from laboratory reports, and her own observations of thriving animals in her local environment, she paints collage-like scenes of predicted survivors; of animals and plants that seems likely to thrive in a disturbed, higher CO2 environment. http://www.lmws.org

Photographer, David Scouffas employs photomontage for his elegant digital prints that illustrate the theme of cause and effect. His images of rich, luxurious lifestyles juxtaposed with environmental disasters are clear, yet startling, inviting the viewer to look again and think about what they are seeing.  http://themaingallery.org/d-scouffas/

Come view The Main Gallery’s artists’ ominous insight into the climate change, and join the conversation through creative works of art that will inform, alert, sadden, energize and urge you to react. The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 22 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area.
The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian Cottage in Redwood City.
The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For more information, please visit our website at www.themaingallery.org or call The Main Gallery at (650) 701-1018.