3.14.2008

Grounded: Photography and Our Contemporary Environment


Some of my work (below) is going to be included in a group show called 'Grounded,' opening tomorrow, Friday March 14th, in St. Louis at the Ellen Curlee Gallery. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to the opening as I have friends in town for the weekend. If you live in St. Louis or may pass through between now and May 10th, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the show, which relates perfectly to the topics of Wunderkammer...

Peaceful Kingdom - digital photograph/archival inkjet print - Jenny Kendler - 2005



The Last Iceberg - digital photograph/archival inkjet print - Jenny Kendler - 2005



Below is the press release for the show and some relevant information:

Ellen Curlee Gallery presents:
Grounded : Photography and Our Contemporary Environment

March 14 - May 10, 2008
Opening Reception : Friday, March 14, 2008 6pm-9pm

Maslen & Mehra : John Pfahl : Brian Ulrich : Jenny Kendler : Scott Wolniak : Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey : Caroline Voagen Nelson : Nichole Van Beek : Chase Browder : David Maisel : Isabelle Hayeur

Curated by Dana Turkovic

Grounded: Photography and Our Contemporary Environment
is an exhibition bringing together international photography and video art, focusing on the complex and dynamic interrelationship between humans and the Earth, while addressing the environmental troubles currently confronting us. The theme of the exhibition was developed in partnership with the St. Louis Earth Day organization, as a result of their expressed interest in adding a collaborative and artistic component directly involving the community. The photographers represented in Grounded are among a growing movement of global artists who are critically addressing environmental issues such as climate change, extinction and conservation. These artists believe that art can play a critical role in providing creative insight into these challenges. Grounded proposes art as a way of creating a better understanding of our relationship with our environment, as well as a way to explore the renewed role of contemporary art as a leading force in the global debate about the future of our planet.


If you're interested in reading more, the show's curator, Dana Turkovic, wrote and article called Human/Nature about the theme of the show for St. Louis Magazine.

Malcom Gay wrote this piece, Grounded for Life, for the River Front Times.

Keep your eyes out for upcoming posts, which will feature some of the talented environmental artists from Grounded. Here is a little sample of some of the included works:

HoldFast : Part 1 (7 min. 38 sec.), Part 2 (1 hr. 28 min. 40 sec.) - HD video/sound - Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey - 2007



Sacramento Prickly Poppy - from the Endangered Americans Series - hand-cut photo collage + drawing rendered in metallic car paint - Maslen & Mehra - 2008



East 130th St Chicago, IL #8 - large format photograph - Chase Browder - 2006

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