Shared Skies speaks to the connections between global, local and personal. As people look toward the sky each morning, through the day or each night, the sky speaks to their personal and local concerns. In a global sense, we observe the effects of our environmental decisions and find community through a seamless sky.
Shared Skies' photographs are being collected through four situations: Abeles' journeys and artists who participate as they travel worldwide, international friends through social media, and some purchased from photographers through stock photo sites.
Shared Skies began as a permanent public artwork for the Anderson-Munger YMCA that is being built in Koreatown, Los Angeles. From the Salt Flats of Bolivia to Grand Forks in the United States, and Maasai Mara, Kenya to Pine Ridge, Oglala Sioux Tribe, our skies portray the connected parts of our place on this earth.
Kim Abeles' installations and community projects cross disciplines and media to explore broad social issues. Her work brings together biography, geography and environment. She has created artwork in conjunction with a unique range of collaborators such as the Bureau of Automotive Repair, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project, California Science Center, Natural History museums in California and Colorado, and the Lakota Indians of South Dakota.
In 1987, she innovated a method to create images from the smog in the air, and Smog Collectors brought her work to national and international attention. Kim Abeles: Encyclopedia Persona A-Z toured the United States and South America, sponsored by the United States Information Agency. She has exhibited in twenty-two countries, including large-scale installations in Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, China and recently in South Korea.
She represented the U.S. in both the Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam and the Cultural Centre of Berchem in Antwerp. Her work is in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, California African American Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and is archived in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Publication Design Collection of the Smithsonian.
Abeles received fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the California Arts Council.