LIGHTER INSTALLATION: PORTRAIT OF AN OCEAN (2017)
By April Surgent. Each of these lighters made the unimaginable journey from consumers around the Pacific and across thousands of miles of open-ocean to wash ashore the protected islands and reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This archipelago of small islands and atolls stretches 1,200 miles beyond the island of Kauai and are considered to be one of the most remote and wild places on planet Earth.
Save for derelict fishing gear, the bulk of marine debris that washes ashore the islands of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument are commonly used items, like ‘disposable’ lighters. With the nearest civilization thousands of miles away, we all unwittingly contribute to the problem of marine debris.
A 2016 study projects that by 2050 the World’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Healthy marine ecosystems are vital to all life on earth not only because the world’s oceans are a rich natural resource but because they also produce more than 50% of the oxygen that we breathe and regulate the climate. By changing the way that we consume we can generate positive change on marine ecosystems and preserve the remaining integrity of our Oceans.
These disposable lighters were collected for this project from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument by Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program field biologists during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 field seasons.
As Tom Boatright paints he embraces the energy that moves in him and allows him to create on the canvas. It is a collaboration, raw and refined. It transforms not simply the canvas but the artist and the audience. The experience is physical and psychological. It is alchemical - an evolution from matter to spirit, the conscious to the subconscious. It is an awakening.
The effect painting has had on Tom is profound. He was called to embrace the energy - to create. The energy has consumed him, transforming his life. He was able to walk away from what culturally had defined him and in the process liberate himself. His paintings are of freedom, honoring the natural world:
"I paint the visions I receive - the beauty of nature and humanity."
Sabah Al-Dhaher was born in Nasriyah, Iraq. At the age of fifteen he was accepted to The Fine Arts Institute-Basra in Iraq, where he lived and received his training in classical art. Sabah fled Iraq in 1991 due to his involvement in a failed uprising against the regime of Saddam Hussein at the end of the first Gulf war. He spent two and a half years in a refugee camp in the desert of Saudi Arabia and in 1993 he came to the USA as a political refugee. Sabah has been creating and exhibiting his work throughout the Northwest since 1995. Sabah's story has been chronicled in various media including The New York Times in an article by Timothy Eagen, "My Saraab", a documentary by Sarna Lapine, and featured in the book "100 Artists of the Northwest".
A YEAR IN A FRENCH FOREST
Deep in the woods of southern France, artist Spencer Bylestransformed the forest into a mysterious wonderland through a series of spectacular, organic sculptures. Byles spent a year immersed in the woodlands of La Colle sur Loup, Villeneuve-Loubet, and Mougins for this ambitious project. Surrounded by flora and fauna, the sculptor used only cables and natural, found materials to create his stunning, large-scale works of art.
THE WAY OF THE RAIN (2019)
The Way Of The Rain was conceived by environmental -artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford to explore the issue of climate change resulting in rapidly changing weather patterns, Sibylle Redford collaborates with world renowned artists to create a piece that illustrates crucial environmental dilemmas through performance art. It was inspired by the annual monsoon rains that sustain life on the fragile landscape of the high-desert plateaus of the Southwest.
STICKS FRAMING A LAKE (2003)
The natural light reflection on this beautiful lake completes Andy Goldsworthy's vision and creates a mesmerizing "suspended" web of twigs and branches. Born in 1956, Goldworthy is a British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist who creates site- specific land art set in natural and urban settings.
EARTH FROM ABOVE (2007)
Yann Arthus-Bertrand decicated his life to environmental causes and is a Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. He has published many iconic photography books, some of which he later made into documentaries. During a 10-year period, Arthus-Bertrand traveled the world filming the earth from above. In 2007, Earth From Above was broadcast on French National television and later became one of the most powerful depictions of our planet on film.
Yoshiki Nakamura is an internationally award winning art photographer. Some examples of awards are Nature's Best Photography, ICP (International Conservation Photograph) Awards, The Big Picture (Boston Globe), Seattle Times Photo of the year, International Filter Photo Contest, and numerous publications in Reader's Lens of Seattle Times and other local media.
WALKING AT THE EDGE OF WATER (2012-2013)
Rulan Tangen is an internationally accomplished dance artist and choreographer. She is the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dancing Earth and winner of the National Museum of American Indian's Expressive Arts award. Walking at the Edge of Water is an inter-tribal contemporary dance expression of Indigenous water perspectives. Every creative aspect of this eco-production reflects cultural and environmental worldview, with Indigenous collaborators in movement, musical composition, language, video imagery, costume and visual art.
MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS WITHOUT END (1996)
Gary Snyder is an American man of letters. Perhaps best known as a poet, he is also an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist with anarchoprimitivist leanings. He has been described as the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology". Snyder began writing the thirty-nine poems containing Mountains and Rivers Without End in 1956 and published the final version in 1996. The work is divided into four parts, each exploring a different theme.
THIS CLEMENT WORLD (2013)
This Clement World is a fiercely creative and charismatic tribute to our rapidly changing environment, as seen through the prism of Cynthia Hopkins' deeply personal lens and wild cross-disciplinary style. Performed live with a 15-piece chorus and band, This Clement World blends outlandish fiction and original avant-folk songs with Hopkins’ own documentary footage from an Arctic expedition with Cape Farewell, infusing our global climate crisis with humor, poetics and urgency.