On Sunday, April 4, 2010, Future Tense: Landscape in Transition will open at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. The exhibition will run through May 22, 2010.
Future Tense presents work by twenty one artists who are taking a critical look at issues concerning the state of the environment-from land use, air quality, pollution and consumption of fossil fuels to natural and/or manmade disasters. The exhibition investigates a range of post-Utopian worldviews in art that utilizes the landscape, in part, as the theater of human action.
Concerned with environmental changes and dystopia encompassing experiments in the mid-twentieth century and a more recent constellation of factors that have caused global change, artists articulate their point of view in forms including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. While some artists deal with questions of past socio-political events, others forecast the future and at times indicate solutions for alternative, potentially sustainable conditions for human life, others present sobering information from current, true-life events, while others spin fictional narratives or biting satire. All seem to indicate a moral imperative.
Several artists in Future Tense continue to utilize the traditional horizon line and long view, however, their agendas veer strongly away from historic landscape, which also includes European Romanticism and the Sublime, to focus on recent environmental shifts that assert tension inherent to growth and spiritual decline intrinsic to rapid periods of global industrial expansion. Each artist takes a position along the road from cautious hope to utter disenchantment, generating work that expresses complex political and social dimensions of landscape, architecture, science and technologies.
Artists are: Erik Benson, Sebastiaan Bremer, Peter Bynum, Blake Carrington, Nicole Cohen, Claire Ellen Corey, Cliff Evans, Ellen Harvey, Peter Hildebrand, Ezra Johnson, Mary Mattingly, William Meyer, Dean Monogenis, Johan Nobell, Judy Pfaff, Jane Rosen, Jean-Pierre Roy, Kristen Schiele, Sarah G. Sharp, Sarah Trigg, Markus Wetzel, Marion Wilson
The exhibition is curated by Dede Young, independent curator of contemporary art.