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Post Waste: Sustainable Art
September 1 – October 1, 2016
Preview: San Pedro, First Thursday Art Walk, 6-9
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, Sept 3, 4 – 7 pm
Artist Workshop: Saturday, September 10, 11 – 1 pm, for all ages, with Tracey Weiss:
Dosshaus (Zoey Taylor & David Connelly), Dawn Ertl, Mitra Fabian, Tina Linville, Cynthia Minet, Tracey Weiss and Lena Wolek.
Curator: Tracey Weiss.
The expression sustainable art has been promoted recently as an art term that can be distinguished from environmental art that is in harmony with the key principles of sustainability which include ecology, social justice, non-violence and grassroots democracy. Sustainable art may also be understood as art that is produced with consideration for the wider impact of the work and its reception in relationship to its environments (social, economic, biophysical, historical and cultural). *Wikipedia
Post Waste explores the art movement of Sustainability. Sustainable art is distinguished from Environmental art. Many artists who engage with the contemporary notion of sustainability share an understanding for ecological equality and exercise care before embarking on any project likely to have adverse effects on the eco systems they inhabit. The feminist critique of land and environmental art of the 1970s significantly contributed to new approaches in sustainable art practices. In addition to criticizing the effects of patriarchal thinking in art and society, the first generation of eco-feminists set out to ‘establish relationships based not on hierarchy and domination, but on caring, respect, and awareness of interconnection. Maja and Reuben Fowkes, The principles of sustainability in contemporary art
This exhibition will present art that is made from post consumer waste. The artists selected will have a consciousness of the aesthetic impact and at the same time the environmental, social and political impact the use of the materials have when viewed.. It is said that the greatest art may be interpreted on many levels. The art in Post Waste have worked to create an impact with the visual first impression followed by the viewers response to the media itself, a feeling of positive impact of repurposed media, followed by the consciousness of what is happening with the waste that is not repurposed and the political impact with an emphasis on environmental effects and sustainability.
The artists chosen are repurposing materials that would otherwise be trash or attempted to be recycled, often with the intent on bringing attention to the repercussions that excess waste has on our environmental not only locally, but as a planet. It is common belief that recycling is the solution to our excessive use of plastic and other environmentally harmful materials. The truth is that only a small percentage of recyclable waste is actually recycled, and much of it escapes onto the land and sea resulting in huge environmental problems for wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.