MUSIC AND FILM
TERRA NOSTRA (2019)
TERRA NOSTRA is a multi-media symphonic creation about climate change with music by Christophe Chagnard and film by Charlie Spears designed to raise awareness about the effects of human activity on our environement and solutions to aleviate their impact.
BY MEG HOLGATE, Earth Creative Artist in Residence
My current work explores the multiple aspects of climate change in our shifting landscape. As witness to a world evolving and dissolving, I am aware we are leaving marked changes on the planet like no other time in history. As a painter I have the freedom to arrange my work around various realities through the continual unfolding of knowledge and experience. Science will measure, evaluate and predict. I am simply noticing a disconnect from nature’s cycles and rhythms, a central tragedy of our planet changing before our eyes.
Preparing to address climate change in my upcoming exhibition, A Precarious Edge, in collaboration with Steve Klein at the Museum of Northwest Art, February 26 - May 22, 2022, I have chosen to employ certain recognizable shapes associated with an altered earth - some natural, some amplified by human intervention. Melting icebergs, air pollution, and loss of tree life; each as a subject of matter in a larger context of enormous concern. I remain in awe of the natural beauty in our world as I consider how I might build a new relationship with nature. Scientists use proxies and models to show us where we have been and where we are going. I have my paints, my canvas and my paper, and I have today.
BY STEVE KLEIN, Earth Creative Artist in Residence
Steve Klein lives in La Conner, WA where he currently maintains a studio and makes his distinctive kiln-formed and blown work. In creating a wide variety of imagery in his work he uses shape, color, line, texture and the incomparable reflection of light that only glass can provide. “My work seeks to explore, and interpret personal visions that cause me to pause and appreciate what I am experiencing”.
Howard N. Fox Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, stated; “As an artist Klein is quite literally an idealist, engaged in intercepting and revealing a sort of formal perfection that yearns for the ideality of mathematics, logic, and philosophy. And yet, that sumptuousness and sensuality, the elegance and refined physicality of form, color, texture and scale are undeniably and assertively present in his sculptures. He manifests a perfect colloquy of the ideal and the real in his art.”
Klein’s work has been influenced and inspired by the Abstract Expressionist painters and sculptors as well as the Constructivist movement. His topics have varied from the landscape to personal experiences. After 25 years Steve’s work and attention has now turned to our environment, global warming and the abuses our natural world has been subjected to.
Steve’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, Museum of Art and Design, New York City, the Museo del Vidrio in Spain, Tsinghua University Museum in Beijing, Tissot Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Museum of Northwest Art, WA, California Museum of Art, Oakland, CA., and the Racine Art Museum, WI.
LIGHTER INSTALLATION: PORTRAIT OF AN OCEAN (2017)
By April Surgent, Earth Creative Artist in Residence. 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."
BY SABAH AL-DHANER, Earth Creative Artist in Residence
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.
SPIRAL JETTY (1970)
Robert Smithson used elements found in nature itself to create giant structures such as this Spiral Jetty made of rocks, salt crystals, and mud found in the Great Salt Lakes in Utah. The tides modify the aesthetic and size of the creation.
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.
SUN TUNNELS (1973-76)
Nancy Holt was one of the first land artists to use outdoor art as a platform for environemtal activism. Sun Tunnels is her most famous work and demonstrates how naturally changing light conditions transform the structural media.
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.