An artist creating sculptural Installations that connect us to the natural world
Follow Spruce Street to the waterfront, and you’ll land in a beautiful, new pop up park; the “Spruce Street Harbor Park” .
Dates: From June 27-August 31, 2014
Hours: The park is open from 11 AM – 1 AM
Overview: Movies, live music, working artists, who could ask for more?
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation transforms the Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street into a pop-up summertime village with a hammock garden, boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens, a beer garden, restaurant, and grab-and-go food available from a cargo containers— and will be free and open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
I spend a lot of time in the natural world, watching closely as plants and organisms are motivated by the elements and rhythmic cycles of the planet. I’m intrigued by the efficiency of the eco system, the methods organisms use to design, build, innovate, communicate, and thrive without imposing on humans. I wonder why humans aren’t able to do the same without imposing on our ecosystem. The work I do explores relationships, natural inclinations, balance, growth, manipulation, and most importantly, our relationship with the natural world. The question that drives my work is, could we be more efficient and innovative thinkers, consumers, designers, and communicators if we were more closely in tune with the rhythm of the natural world?
The purpose of my work is to create awareness. I use natural and man-made materials, principals of alchemy, and ecology to build sculpture, sculptural installations, garden structures, vegetable, and pleasure gardens which aim to increase our awareness of the many patterns, systems, forms, and functions existing outside of our insular lifestyles. Currently, I’m working on a series of suspended, illuminated sculpture that shed light on the habitats of insects and small animals. This series is inspired by the current plight of our pollinators. It is of great importance to me to communicate the alarming decline of thousands of diminutive pollinator populations which keep our ecosystem in proper working order.
That said, I’m thinking about developing a design | build workshop where we can design and build “Insect Hotels” to attract pollinators to our green spaces. A story by Natureserve provides some cold hard facts:
The thousands of diminutive creatures—bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and the like—that keep our ecosystems in proper working order will soon be seeing the federal support that could help stem the nation’s mounting pollinator crisis.
The alarming decline in native pollinator populations—most notably, honey bees and monarch butterflies—spurred President Barack Obama to launch a wide-ranging initiative requiring more than a dozen federal agencies to go further to protect and restore these crucial species.
Read more: http://www.natureserve.org/news-events/news/confronting-plight-pollinators
741 Warren St.
Hudson, New York 12534
Opening reception Saturday, July 19, 2014, 6-9 P.M.
Exhibition Dates July 19 – August 17
A GUIDE TO BUILDING A BALANCED, SUSTAINABLE ARTISTIC LIFE. DON’T STARVE. MAKE ART.
Well done, all artists should give it a read. “Making Your Life As An Artist” is smart, witty, short, and sincere; written by an artist for artists… and free too!
Don’t roll your eyes… it’s not one of “those” books that serves up the same stale information, the things we really already know. I was motivated to rethink my artist statement. My whole perspective has been shifted.
For a free down load or to purchase the book, visit Artist U:
JUNE 7TH – JULY 31ST, 2014
Reception: June 11th, 4 – 6 pm The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Gallery
237 S. 18th Street , The Barclay, 3A, Philadelphia PA 19103
Featuring the following Art in the Open 2014 Artists:
Matt Greco & Chris Esposito
Kaitlin Pomerantz & John Broderick Heron
Ana Vizcarra Rankin
OPEN CHANNELS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF THREE ART IN THE OPEN EXHIBITIONS TO BE HELD FROM SUMMER 2014 THROUGH SUMMER 2015 AT THE CENTER FOR EMERGING VISUAL ARTISTS, PENTIMENTI GALLERY, THE SCHUYLKILL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND THE UNIVERSITY CITY ARTS LEAGUE.
Art in the Open (AiO) is a citywide event that celebrates artists, their inspirations for creating art and their relationships with the urban environment. This year, AiO has been re-framed as a biennial event, and selected a new group of 30 artists interested in using the Schuylkill River Banks as their studios– making their creative process open to everyone. Working over the course of three days (May 16-18, 2014), this jury-selected group created works of art along the Schuykill Banks – from the historic Fairmount Water Works to Locust Street – inspiring new ways of seeing the river and the city it runs through.
Artists from left to right: Adam Lovitz, Kaitlin Pomerantz & John Broderick Heron , Susan Benarcik.
Facebook link where you can reach a brief bio of each artist and find more information on the event:
Art in the Open Link for map and directions:
A fascinating article on the history of the Schuylkill:
And… did you know that the Schuylkill River has been named the “2014 RIVER OF THE YEAR”