Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Let the Sunshine In

Dawning. 24”x18”. Performative print (Hand-pulled screen print on construction paper). 2015. Edition of 500.

Folsom Lake, CA, 2011 (left), 2014 (right)
California's drought has me worried. If you've seen the pictures, you know. It's scary. I thought about what I could do to help with the situation. I took shorter showers. I flushed less. I saved my sink water for feeding plants.
I’ve been exploring the idea that commerce and consumption would be the driving force behind nature’s destruction. But the more I thought of it, the more I began to realize that we were only destroying ourselves. And ultimately, nature would just come back once we were long gone. And this is the inspiration for Dawning.
Drawing inspiration from Tibetan mandalas, Dawning is a screenprint on construction paper that meditates on the intersection of contemporary life and nature. The central design focuses on our preoccupations with wealth, war, technology, and consumption.

Dawningdetail image
Camouflaged behind it in green ink is Nature. With exposure to light, areas of the green construction paper begin to fade, and Nature emerges from the edges. Dawning isn't just an image. It's an experience and it reveals itself to you as you shed light on it.

Dawningdetail image; before sunlight exposure (left), after one week in direct sunlight (right)
While every little bit helps, I realize that my own personal conservation attempts are not enough. Real environmental conservation needs to come through policy changes. So I'm also donating a portion of each sale to the Sierra Club, an environmental lobbying organization.

The first 200 in the edition are $150. The next 200 are $200, and the last 100 are $250.
Soooooo... Buy some art, help save the world?
Eloquent Indicators. 40"x32". Pigmented ink and packaging tape on newspaper, mounted on Dibond. 2015.
May 1-3

stARTup Fair (with A Simple Collective)

Hotel Del Sol, room 302

3100 Webster Street

San Francisco, CA

May 16-June 14
Gross Domestic Product

E-Moderne Gallerie (solo exhibition)

116 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA

May 21-June 7
Bearing Witness in the Drone Age

Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

May 22-24

Affordable Art Fair (with Artered Gallery)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

Hong Kong

June 11-14

Affordable Art Fair (with Cynthia Corbett Gallery)

Lower Fairground Site

East Heath Road

Hampstead, London

August 6-August 31
Salon 8

222 Hollywood Road

Sheung Wan

Hong Kong