Upcoming events

    • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MDT)
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, October 29
    10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

    EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England:18:00 GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00 UTC

    Casey Lance Brown, Bia Gayotto, Jennifer Gunlock, Tracy Taylor Grubbs, Marion Wilson

    The beauty and mystery of trees has long been a subject for artists, and more recently, concern for the survival of forests (the lungs of our planet) has been paramount. Each month, artists working in a diversity of media share their artworks and ideas about these most essential and extraordinary living beings. Additionally, guest speakers including scientists, writers and activists are invited to present their work and contribute to the dialogue.

    Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
    Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Member Presenters:


    Casey Lance Brown will trace the tangled paths that led to kudzu’s outsized reputation as the posterchild of invasive plants, touching on the xenophobic, regionalist, and moralizing tropes that (mis)guided the way. Exaggerated statistics lead to exaggerated labeling, which leads to his own exaggerated series on the subject. Brown is an American multidisciplinary artist who studied at Duke University, Harvard Design School, and as a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His work often reveals the perverse ways in which human systems use, abuse, and adapt to the planet’s surface. Originally trained as a landscape architect, he fabricates super-resolution images to dramatize the novel environments of the Anthropocene. Each image series focuses on a landscape type that was/is/will be abandoned when our collective fickle attention and economic speculation move on to greener pastures. caseylancebrown.com


    Bia Gayotto is a multimedia artist and curator whose interdisciplinary approach combines photography, video, installations and books, with elements of research, documentation, performance and collaboration. Memoirs is a photographic series of tree stumps. In post-production Gayotto uses a process that filters light, and like an X-ray reveals details not seen by the naked eye. The marks that emerge from this process are similar to DNA, a history of the inner life of trees. The series raises questions about life and decay, deforestation and global warming, in hopes to protect tens of thousands of trees that might vanish in our lifetimes. Gayotto earned her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996 and her work has been featured in exhibitions Internationally. biagayotto.com

    Jennifer Gunlock will present her perception of how trees and plants are regarded and handled in contemporary Western culture. Our economy’s obsession with ownership and dominance, as opposed to working in partnership with plants, is expressed here. In her work she often creates fictional, possible future landscapes long after a civilization has vanished, where nature has over the length of time adapted to, and thrived in, this new habitat. Gunlock, who is based in Long Beach, California, embeds photographs from her travels into her collage-drawings. She received her MFA at California State University, Long Beach and has exhibited at Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and Angels Gate Cultural Center. She has been Artist in Residence at Cill Rialaig in Ireland and PLAYA in Oregon, among others. jennifergunlock.com

    Tracy Taylor Grubbs, a painter and multi-disciplinary artist, will discuss her Listening Project Series that focuses on mark making in collaboration with natural forces including trees and forests near the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Her work is positioned at the intersection of nature, culture and spirituality. Grubbs employs repetition and chance operations in her time-based work opening new dialogues with nature, and reframing her understanding of time and place. For several years she worked on environmental restoration and conservation projects in California. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Grubbs studied art and art history at the San Francisco Art Institute, U.C. Berkeley and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Philosophy from St. Lawrence University. She lives and works in San Francisco, California. tracygrubbs.com

    Marion Wilson investigates ecology and landscape to foster a closer connection to self and place in her work. Through photographs, paintings and installations she interrogates relations to nature at a time when extreme climate change threatens ecosystems, livelihoods, and communities. Wilson builds collaborative partnerships with botanists, architects, and urban communities by accessing individual expertise and working non-hierarchically. Her studio practice explores industrialized landscapes, useful and stress tolerant botanies, with a special interest in moss. Wilson was an Associate Professor at Syracuse University from 2007-17, where she institutionalized an art curriculum called New Directions in Social Sculpture employing recycled materials and unlikely collaborations to revitalize urban spaces. Wilson is the founder of MLAB and the Mobile Field Station, an eco/art lab in a renovated RV, and 601 Tully, the renovation of an abandoned residence turned drug house into a neighborhood art museum on the westside of Syracuse, NY. marionwilson.com

    Gif Images above: ©Casey Lance Brown, Hunting for Kudzilla I, 2019, digitial composit on dye-infused metallic print, 50 x 40 inches; ©Jennifer Gunlock, Backcountry II, 2020, mixed media paper collage and drawing on panel, 36 x 36 inches; ©Tracy Taylor Grubbs, Tree Listening, Point Reyes, CA, 2017-2019, gathering marks on canvas, (installation view); ©Bia Gayotto, Memoirs (written by trees), 2020, archival inkjet print on 100% cotton rag, 20 x 20 inches; ©Marion Wilson, The Landscape is Sanctuary to Our Fears, 2020 (installation at William Paterson University, Court Gallery).

    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MST)
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    ecoart tech

    Thursday, November 12

    USA: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

    EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England:18:00 GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00 UTC

    New media artists are experiencing a boom during the Pandemic. The opportunities to share and engage digital works are expanding daily. For this dialogue we will hear from four ecoartspace members who are engaged in exciting projects, collaborating with scientists, and "redesigning the social psyche." Special guest speaker will be Dr. Nigel Meredith who collaborated with Diana Scarborough to create a sound work included in the fall show ecoconsciousness. We will also hear from Patricia Olynyk who works across disciplines to create third culture projects. Laura Splan will share her recent work featuring animations created with molecular visualization software and SARS-CoV-2. And, Grace Grothaus, a graduate student at UC San Diego, who creates through physical computing immersive indoor and outdoor installations and performances.

    Guest Speaker:

    Dr. Nigel Meredith is a space weather research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge. He uses satellite data to develop global models of plasma waves in near Earth space for input into radiation belt codes and, ultimately, to forecast space weather and has recently applied extreme value analysis to long-term satellite datasets to determine the 1 in 10, 1 in 50 and 1 in 100 year space weather events. This is important for assessing the impact of extreme events on the world’s satellite fleet. He enjoys exploring how to make scientific data more accessible and is currently involved in an art-science collaboration with ecoartspace member Diana Scarborough for their project titled Sounds of Space. Meredith has published 119 papers in peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of topics in space plasma physics. britishantarcticsurvey

    Member Presenters:

    Diana Scarborough is an artist and engineer whose multimedia practice is cross-discipline and collaborative. She takes inspiration from research that embraces concepts of data, code, sound, archival history, technology and environmental concerns and rephrases them from an art perspective. She uses film, animation, soundscapes, light, technology, dancers and musicians as a palette to translate data into an immersive experience that is tangible, surprising, relevant and inclusive. Since 2016 she has collaborated with Dr. Nigel Meredith on the Sounds of Space Project which has received much interest in the art and science fields. Short films inspired by this collaboration were shown at the Venice Biennale, as well as at festivals, lectures, theatre and performance spaces internationally. Their collaborative work Aurora Musicalis, A Compilation is included in the fall online ecoartspace exhibition, ecoconsciousness. dianascarborough.co.uk

    Laura Splan

    connects the material artifacts of science to poetic subjectivities of the everyday. Her transdisciplinary projects destabilize notions of the presence and absence of bodies evoking the systems that determine their status. Splan’s multimedia studio practice often uses textiles artifacts and gestures to understand the structures that form entangled precarity. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts & Design and Beall Center for Art + Technology and is included in the collections of the Thoma Art Foundation and NYU Langone Collection. She has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford University teaching courses including “Embodied Interfaces” and “Data as Material.” Splan is a Creative Science member at NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator. Her recent exhibition, “Unraveling” at BioBAT Art Space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal featured animations created with molecular visualization software and SARS-CoV-2 protein structures projected in BioBAT’s 15,000 square foot “Dark Space.” laurasplan.com

    Grace Grothaus is a transdisciplinary artist interested in generating space for future-facing reflection regarding human agency enacted through the constructed world. Through her research driven installations, sculptures, photographs, videos and performances, she explores the complex web of ideas relating to the pressing ecological crisis of biodiversity loss resulting from climate change. She hopes to address questions such as how can we reshape our relationships with each other and collectively awaken to a role of intra and inter-species respect, mutualism, and stewardship? Grothaus interrogates both the troubled present through projects such as The Promise of Progress and Against our Better Nature, and speculative futures with projects such as Rise, Symbiocities and Sunlit. Previously her artworks were among those representing the United States in the 2012 World Creativity Biennale and has been exhibited and/or collected nationwide and abroad on five continents. She is California-based with her dog and numerous plants. redesigningthesocialpsyche

    Patricia Jean Olynyk investigates science and technology related themes and the ways in which social systems and institutional structures shape our understanding of human life and the natural world. Her prints, photographs, and video installations engage the history of science to explore the dialectics of mind and body, human and artificial, and cognition and affect. Working across disciplines to develop “third culture” projects, she frequently collaborates with research scientists, humanists, cinematographers, and industry specialists. Many of her multimedia environments call upon the viewer to expand their awareness of the worlds they inhabit—whether those worlds are their own bodies or the spaces that surround them. Olynyk is former Chair of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum, a branch of the International Society for the Arts, Science, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). She co-directs the Leonardo/ISAST NY LASER program in New York, which promotes cross-disciplinary exchange between artists, scientists, and scholars. patriciaolynyk.com

    Gif images (top): ©Diana Scarborough, Aurora Musicalis, A Compilation, 2020, Sounds of Space Project, video still; ©Laura Splan, Unraveling (Raspberry/Slate/Violet), 2020, animation created with SARS-CoV-2 spike protein structures in molecular visualization software; ©Grace Grothaus, Projected Horizons, 2019; ©Patricia Olynyk, Oculus, 2018, digital light sculpture routed with high density architectural foam, hardcoated, painted, 54 x 48 x 48 inches. 

    • Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MST)
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Art and Earth Justice: Legal Strategies to Protect Nature

    Thursday, November 12

    USA: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

    EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England:18:00 GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00 UTC

    In this Zoom Dialogue we will hear from four ecoartspace members who have researched legal strategies around land use which has informed long term art projects created to protect nature. Hugh Pocock is currently working on a project that will designate lands as "off limits" to humans, essentially a non-human park titled No Mans Land. Eliza Evans created a project last summer titled All the Way to Hell in which she has distributed shares in her mineral rights in Oklahoma to monkey wrench oil and gas interests. Kim Stringfellow has been working on a multi-year documentary titled Mojave Project where she's exposed the land use strategies of developers and miners in the desert Southwest. And, Aviva Rahmani whose work titled The Blued Trees Symphony includes live trees which she has copyrighted to prevent the construction of a pipeline through her work.

    These artists are a great resource for our members who are interested to do similar work. Each presenter will have 10-15 minutes and following Q&A we will open it up to participants to engage in a round table format.

    Member Presenters:

    Hugh Pocock was born in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and raised in the United States, England and Aotearoa. His work investigates transactions between culture and natural phenomena. Pocock has developed a park concept that is an area of land that is off limits to humans. Titled No Man's Land, it is a park for the non human where nature is its own legal entity. He’s interested in the global movement of the Rights of Nature, and how land can be recognized as having "legal personhood".  The history and metaphor of the human relationship to natural resources, space, time and material culture are among the issues he investigates in his sculptures, installations and videos. Pocock is a faculty member at MICA and is the founding Coordinator of the Minor in Sustainability and Social Practice. He is the Co-Facilitator of the Global Ecologies Studio taught at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. nonmansland.org

    Eliza Evans experiments with sculpture, print, video, and textiles to identify disconnections and absurdities in social, economic, and ecological systems. The initial parameters of each work are carefully researched and then evolve as a result of interaction with people, time, and weather. Evans current work All the Way to Hell: All the Way to Hell is an activist art project for disrupting fossil fuel development on private land in the U.S. She was artist-in-residencie at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara in 2020. Evans was born in a rustbelt steel town and raised in rural Appalachia, and currently splits her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley. She holds an MFA from SUNY Purchase College in visual art and a Ph.D. in economic sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. allthewaytohell.com

    Kim Stringfellow is an artist, educator, writer and independent curator residing in Joshua Tree, California. Her work bridges cultural geography, public practice and experimental documentary into socially engaged transmedia experiences. Stringfellow explores the history of lands, often addressing environmental repercussions of human interaction and occupation. By focusing on particular communities or regions she attempts to foster a complex discussion of interrelated issues for each site while attempting to expose the cultural values and political agendas that form our connections with landspaces. Her projects combine writing, photography, audio, video, installation, mapping and community engagement. Stringfellow is a 2016 Andy Warhol for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in 2018, and is Professor at San Diego State University’s School of Art + Design. mojaveproject.org

    Aviva Rahmani’s exhibits, publishes and presents her ecological work internationally. Her project The Blued Trees Symphony (2015- present), legally challenged expanding fossil fuel infrastructures with copyrighted and sonified installations across miles of North America. The series of permanent works with trees were installed in corridors where natural gas pipelines were planned. Each tree is a "note" painted with a non-toxic casein pigment, a vertical sine wave on tree trunks. These installations were invited by private landowners protecting their forests from natural gas corporations. The work affirms an Earth rights relationship to ownership that values how trees sustain clean water, air, healthy complexity, demanding environmental justice and mitigating climate change. Rahmani is an Affiliate with the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder; gained her PhD from the University of Plymouth, UK and received her BFA and MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. ghostnets.com

    Gif images (top): Aviva Rahmani, The Blued Trees Symphony (2015-present). ©Aviva Rahmani; Kim Stringfellow, Mojave Project (2004-ongoing) ©Kim Stringfellow; Hugh Pocock, No Mans Lands, (2020-); ©Hugh Pocock; Eliza Evans, All the Way to Hell: All the Way to Hell, 2020 ©Eliza Evans.

Past events

Thursday, October 15, 2020 ecofeminism
Thursday, September 24, 2020 TREE TALK l Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part Two
Thursday, September 10, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part One
Monday, August 31, 2020 Artists Supporting Indigenous Communities
Thursday, August 27, 2020 TREE TALK l Joshua Trees
Sunday, August 09, 2020 Atomic Dialogues
Thursday, July 30, 2020 TREE TALK
Sunday, June 28, 2020 My Life in Art: Bonnie Ora Sherk with Patricia Lea Watts
Friday, June 12, 2020 Performative Ecologies
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 l Earth Day Dialogues

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