Wild Places in Urban Spaces
Wild Places in Urban Spaces features the work of artists whose work explores ways that natural, or wild, habitat and biology interface with our built environment. The exhibition coincides with the 3rd annual Visions of the Wild Film and Art Festival, presented by the United States Forest Service in Vallejo, California.
The featured artists have spent much of their careers investigating places where humans have settled, delving into and probing the results, and they have concerned themselves with laying out highly individual responses in their art. Celebratory, critical, humorous, scathing, cautionary, speculative, or beautifully descriptive: all of these appraisals and others will be found in the diverse and unexpected expressions of their scrutiny.
Ten artists were chosen from among dozens of Bay Area artists working in this theme, to create an artwork for inclusion in the US Forest Service Permanent Art Collection.These artworks, along with additional work by the selected artists, are showcased in the exhibition. Wild Places also features two artists known for their installation work concerning this topic, who were invited to create installations in the gallery especially for the exhibition and festival.
Visions of the Wild Film and Arts Festival is an annual event presented by the United States Forest Service, whose Pacific Southwest Regional Headquarters are located on Mare Island in Vallejo, California. The festival will take place in downtown Vallejo September 15th through 18th, the week following the openings of the art exhibitions.
The festival features films, speakers, and field trips, as well as the art exhibitions, all designed around the festival theme. This year’s theme, Wild in the City, explores our relationship with urban and suburban habitats, wildlife, and environment, in conjunction with the question of how "wild places" are perceived and sustained in these shared spaces. Find out more at http://www.visionsofthewild.org