Biodiversity and Human Impact on the Environment
“Biodiversity and Human Impact on the Environment” is an eclectic exhibition encompassing a range of artistic approaches to exploring the broad topic. Within the subject exists a very complicated story. The exhibition as a whole, by incorporating a variety of work across different media, communicates this complexity and invites the viewer to consider the topic from a broad perspective.
Glass artists Emma Varga and Noel Hart are both highly committed to raising awareness about human impact on the environment through their work. Varga’s contributions to the exhibition are focused on both the beauty and rapid destruction of the earth’s coral reefs and ocean ecosystems. Hart’s “painted” glass vessels are inspired by birds of the rainforest and communicate, with powerful visual harmony, the inherent beauty of biodiversity. The medium of glass is particularly appropriate to communicating both the beauty and fragility inherent within the earth’s natural balance and both artists’ contributions provide powerfully symbolic preservations of beauty in danger.
Mixed media artists Lewis Knauss and Geoffrey Gorman use both natural, “found” or recycled materials to add to the conversation in very different ways. Knauss’ work offers reflection on moments in time resulting from both natural seasonality and more extreme change. The artist points out that there can be incredible beauty in the quiet found after “nature destroys.” Gorman’s animal pieces offer reflection on the impact environmental changes have had and will continue to have on both “exotic” and “common” creatures. His use of recycled and found material invites consideration of how the consumer cycle of accumulation and discard impacts natural habitats.
Nuala O’Donovan’s ceramic creations are based on patterns; she combines regular pattern with the characteristics of irregular patterns and forms from nature. The artist explains, “The evidence of a response to random events visible in patterns in nature, is testament to the ability of living organisms to recover, to respond, and to continue growing and changing. It is the imperfections in the patterns caused by a unique experience that are evidence of the life force in living organisms.”
Painter Mark Bowles’ inclusions carry this theme of reflection forward as the artist addresses climate change through color and has focused on creating work that communicates our own need to reflect on the impact we are having on the environment and therefore on ourselves.
O’Donovan and Varga are the newest additions to the TanseyContemporary program. This exhibition is the first of several group shows this year at Tansey Contemporary and reflects the gallery’s focus on the “intersection” between craft and fine art, showcasing work that is both contextually significant and crafted with exceptional execution.
Fiber artist Carol Shinn’s work beautifully preserves specific scenes in specific environments and reflects upon the relationship between human built structures and the natural environments that surround them.
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