AXIS MUNDI BRINGS THE WORK OF TWENTY-ONE ARTISTS FROM THE USA AND CANADA TO THREE LOCATIONS IN DENVER FROM SEPT. 16 – OCT. 7 AS PART OF DENVER’S BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS
New Exhibition Will Be Presented in Denver by PlatteForum and The Temple, in Partnership with Denver Film Society, with Special Kick-Off Event and Film Screening Sept. 14
DENVER – Axis Mundi is a new exhibition presented by PlatteForum and The Temple, in Partnership with Denver Film Society, featuring twenty-one artists from across the US and Canada. This series of events will be part of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas. Through the lens of Ecopsychology, Axis Mundi explores three branches of our relationship to the Earth: Environmental Melancholia, Collective Social Mania and Biophilia. The exhibition will include exhibits at three different locations near downtown Denver – at PlatteForum, The Olympic Building and The Land Library between Sept. 16 and Oct. 7. All programming, including the kick-off event and film screening on Sept. 14, will be free and open to the public.
Environmental Melancholia regards the pathology of being melancholic about the collapse of the environment. Collective Social Mania explores the pathology of being manic and the defense mechanisms that are manifested in society in two ways: mind-numbing, distracting behaviors (watching TV, drinking/drugs, staring at handheld devices, social media, packed work schedules) and as a rationalized, normalized allegiance to materialism and shopping. And finally, biophilia explores science, wonder and beauty, with some artists including living plants and animals into their works. Biophilia is a term coined by Edward Owen Wilson, who argued that because we co-evolved on this planet with all other living organisms, our affinity for other life is rooted in our DNA.
Axis Mundi’s three exhibits include a group show at PlatteForum, a solo warehouse installation of Regan Rosburg’s “Omega” at the Olympic Building and outdoor experiential artworks by Vivian Le Courtois and Eileen Richardson in the East lot of the Land Library Building. Axis Mundi is a part of the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, as well as coinciding with a corresponding conference in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, which is being held on the 60th anniversary of the first Conference on Science and World Affairs at Pugwash and will feature Axis Mundi artists as presenters.
Prior to the launch of the exhibitions, Axis Mundi will kick off with a special screening of Chris Jordan’s film, Albatross at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 pm. Filmmaker Chris Jordan will be present for a talk-back discussion following the screening.
Albatross is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. Albatross was an Official Selection at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in May 2017, and the movie trailer was viewed and discussed at the United Nations on World Oceans Day in June 2017.
An opening reception for the Axis Mundi art exhibitions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 – 9 p.m. at the main exhibition site at The Temple, in PlatteForum’s gallery, 2400 Curtis St. This artist reception will include a brief talk from Axis Mundi curator, Regan Rosburg, on the exhibit and environmental melancholia. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the additional exhibits in The Land Library (2612 Champa St.) and Olympic Building (2565 Curtis St.) over the course of the evening. Each of the additional exhibition sites are within walking distance of PlatteForum.
Darya is presenting her "Tribute To Edison II" interactive installation dusring the show.
School of Visual Arts presents “The Biophilia Hypothesis,” an exhibition of work by BFA Fine Arts students. Curated by department chair Suzanne Anker, “The Biophilia Hypothesis” is on view Saturday, September 17, through Saturday, October 15, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.
Taking its name from biologist and author E.O. Wilson’s belief that human beings share an instinctive bond with other living systems, the work in “The Biophilia Hypothesis” reflects on humanity’s “urge to affiliate with other forms of life,” as Wilson describes it. Speculating on this phenomenon, curator and BFA Fine Arts Chair Suzanne Anker wonders: “Why do people have pets, houseplants or gardens? What is it about life forms that are so intriguing and vital? As humankind moves into the Anthropocene, our biochemical natures and cosmological understandings require sustainable strategies.” Select projects include Steph Mantis’s exploration of the different forms and colors of salt crystals; Mingyi Yan’s chemical gardens, which are reminiscent of geological formations; and Leah Xie’s flower installation and ode to the interconnections of matter.
Additionally, the exhibition showcases a collaborative project entitled MyoTomato*, in which a tomato was injected with myoglobin (a protein found in animals).
Participating artists Leman Akpinar, Viktorea Benois, Sebastian Cocioba, Andrew Cziraki, David Hanlon, Marguerite Li, Bo Liu, Steph Mantis, Kirin Pino, Shannon Pollak, Gina Proenza, Tarah Rhoda, Victor Taboada, Darya Warner and John Wells.
Art | Bastion 2085 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Fl April 30 – June 4th, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30th 7 to 10 pm
Art Bastion is pleased to present Through the Looking Glass, the inaugural Miami solo exhibition of Darya Warner. The exhibition introduces «Tissue Sample of Undisclosed Origin», a series of 17 mixed media works, and an interactive installation «Tribute to Edison».
Originally from Belarus, Darya Warner arrived to the US in 2001. Her work revolves around the complexity of nature and global environmental consciousness, in which living organisms are the major focus. Through bio-processing and engaging with living matter (e.g. mycelium, bioluminescent algae, glowing E.Coli), combined with the use of modern technologies (CNC machines), Darya creates interactive installations, visual displays, and sculptures to engage the viewer into becoming more aware of the world around them and to encourage her audience to rethink their place as ‘sapiens’ in the complexity of living organisms that make up this Earth.
Darya draws inspiration from her dreamlike voyages to the distant worlds she discovers through microscopy. This fantastical journey is manifested in her 3D sculptural piece – a humanoid figure that is wrapped in the imagery of the painting it faces – which is shown reflected. This pays tribute to microscopic research, as well as to the second of Lewis Caroll’s acclaimed novels “Through the Looking Glass”, where Alice revisits a fantastical world by climbing through a mirror.
« Tribute to Edison » is an interactive installation of suspended light bulbs filled with bioluminescent algae (founded in warm coastal waters) suspended from enlarged laser cutouts of the microscopic images of the algae as a single cell. The viewer is encouraged to touch the bulbs so the algae react and produce a phosphorescent glow. The
planktons’ light cycle was altered by the artist so the viewer can experience the artwork "in action" during daylight. The idea of biological control and substituting non-living material with living organisms is shown in this artwork.