"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."
ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE ART VENTURES AROUND THE GLOBE
FEATURED ARTIST WEBSITE - MAYA LYN: WHAT IS MISSING?
What is Missing? Artist and Architect Maya Lin has created this website documenting the sixth mass extinction in the planet's history, and the only one to be caused by the actions of a single species-humans. Showcasing innovative artworks, organizations that are working on the issues, and what you can do.
ARTISTS WORKING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL THEMES
Wendy Adams is founder of Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, is a public art exhibition designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change. Her works are “public art with a purpose.” The idea was to put sculptures on the sidewalk, each depicting a solution to global warming, forcing people to confront the issue, but in a non-threatening manner.
Maureen Burns-Bowie The ceramicist creates organic expressions of lifecycles as metaphors for growth and transformation expressing a sense of the preciousness of life, our one-ness with nature and each other.
Diane Burko focuses on monumental geological phenomena in her potographs, merging panoramic, intimate, and provocative imagery. She has investigated locations on the ground and in the air using open-door helicopters, planes, cameras, and sketchpads.
Tim Collins and Reiko Goto are artist/researchers with over twenty years experience of working across art and science to enable creative discourse about ideas, that shape perception and experience of our changing environment. The work focused upon forests, rivers and cities.
Jason deCaires Taylor, An Underwater Museum, For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse — it's an exhibition space and museum. Taylor creates sculptures of human forms and mundane life on land and sinks them to the ocean floor, where they are subsumed by the sea and transformed from lifeless stone into vibrant habitats for corals, crustaceans and other creatures. The result: Enigmatic, haunting and colorful commentaries about our transient existence, the sacredness of the ocean and its breathtaking power of regeneration.
Agnes Denes is one of the grandmothers of the early environmental art movement and Conceptual art. Her most well-known project is probably the 1982 piece “Wheatfield — A Confrontation,” in which she planted a field of golden wheat on two acres of a landfill near Wall Street and the World Trade Center in Manhattan. She weeded, irrigated and cultivated the mini oasis, bringing the essence of rural America into the throngs of America’s urban epicenter. The harvest of the artwork yielded 1,000 pounds of wheat, which was then brought on a tour of 28 cities worldwide as part of the "The International Art Show for the End of World Hunger" and eventually symbolically planted around the globe.
Olafur Eliasson, Danish artist who employs elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience.
Ron Finley, Gardening artist in South Central L.A.
Andy Goldsworthy is one of the environmental art movement’s most prominent figures at the moment.
Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.
Chris Jordan: A trailer for "Midway" an upcoming, heartbreaking documentary the is both "elegy and warning, Midway explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as mirror of our humanity". It will give you pause to consider every bit of plastic you ever use again.
Jill Pelto incorporates climate data into images of the natural world. An artist and a scientist, her love of nature and wilderness drives her to use creativity. photographs and watercolors to communicate information about extreme environmental issues with a broad audience.
David Maisel: Aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites (like open-pit minds) that explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor.
Eve Mosher and Heidi Quante work to help us visualize climate change in High Water Line which is now made up of diverse people from around the world who are adapting the original HighWaterLine conceived by Eve to their local cultures and communities.
Linda Moskalyk paints works for the preservation of our forests, and the rights of nature and the health of our earth.
Beth Racette's paintings explore the earth as a living system. She has created the Gaia Series which are inspired by her scientific learning. They represent an intuitive and impressionistic integration of her exploration. She asks "How do we evolve an awareness of our profound interconnectedness — an awareness powerful enough to inspire us to make the necessary changes to heal and protect our Earth?"
Aviva Rahmani is an eco-feminist artist known for occupying natural spaces to protest political situations that affect the environment. She calls her practice, “performing ecology. She began her career as a performance artist in the late sixties, and finished her PhD in 2015 with a dissertation entitled “Trigger Point Theory as Aesthetic Activism."
Hannah Rothstein created a series of posters that imagine What America's National Parks will look like by 2050 if we fail to act against climate change.
John Sabraw produces his own pigments in an eco conscious manner — bold yellows and reds that are sourced from the oxidized sludge of abandoned coal mines rtaher than using imported iron oxide from China to make his paint colors.
Jason de Caires Taylor: Silent Evolution. Underwater sculpture in Grenada, memorializing Africans who jumped or were forced overboard during the middle passage. Intended as a foundation for new coral reef growth.
Women's Environmental Artist Directory (WEAD). In 1996 Jo Hanson, Susan Leibovitz Steinman and Estelle Akamine created WEAD in response to increasing requests for artist referrals and for designing ecoart exhibits and programs. They developed a programming tool that others could use to develop their own programs. A board of directors directs all WEAD publications and outreach programs. and the WEAD interactive website.
Artist Index gathered by Linda Weintraub as part of her documentation of the eco art movement in her book "To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet."
The Green Museum, helps people create, present and appreciate art that heals our relationship with the natural world. Contains toolboxes for educators and lists of artists currently working on eco-art. This contains a list of artists working on environmental issues.
Art of Change 21 Funded partially by Olafur Eliasson, this organization is the first initiative which links social entrepreneurship, digital art and youth at an international level.
Art & Remembrance is a non-profit, arts and educational organization that seeks to change people's hearts and minds by illuminating the experience of war, oppression, and injustice through the power and passion of personal narrative in art.
The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) is a non-profit, international group of individuals and organizations that uses media art and the research of artists to investigate the complicated, global, cultural, and ecological interrelations in the Arctic, and to develop concepts for constructing tactical communications systems and a mobile, eco-friendly research station, which will support interdisciplinary and intercultural collaborations.
Artists & Climate Change is a blog with the goal of tracking artistic work about climate change and gather them in one place.
Artists Project Earth aims to create a better world by bringing the power of music and the arts to 21st century challenges. We support effective projects and awareness raising initiatives to combat climate change, protect marine life, and raise funds for natural disaster relief.
Art Works For ChangeNon-profit partnering with educational and activist organizations to produce art exhibitions addressing social and environmental issues; operates under the fiscal umbrella of the Tides Center.
Barefoot Artists led by artist Lily Yeh, brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. Barefoot Artists develops projects in collaboration with individuals and/or agencies on the ground in identified communities.
The Black Earth Instituteencourages awareness of the arts as a means of promoting a progressive, inclusive spirituality and an environmentally aware society.
The Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art is an internationally recognized research center that supports the practice, study and awareness of creative interactions between people and their natural, built, and virtual environments.
City Repair City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented place-making through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. City Repair began in Portland, Oregon with the idea that localization - of culture, of economy, of decision-making - is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.
CLIMARTE is an Australian organization bringing together a broad alliance of arts organizations, practitioners, administrators, patrons and academics from across the spectrum of the arts sector, including the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, and cinema.
Climate Wisconsin is an educational multimedia project featuring stories of climate change.
Creative Carbon Scotland believe the arts and culture have an essential role to play in achieving the transformational change to a sustainable future. They work to embed environmental sustainability within the arts and cultural sector in Scotland
Ear to the Earth is is a worldwide network sponsored by The Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) based on the idea that environmental sound can connect us to the environment with a special vibrancy and emotional depth. Their goal is to heighten environmental awareness through sound, inspire engagement in environmental issues, and sustain engagement through ongoing activities.
Earth Celebrations offers creative programs in New York that address and effect change on issues such as: climate change, river restoration, water conservation, waste management, and the preservation of species, habitats, nature, gardens, parks, and a healthy urban environment, while highlighting ecological sustainability. Their ecological and art programs include: theatrical pageants, exhibitions, performances, art & ecology/puppet & costume workshops, internships, artist residencies, and partnerships with schools, community centers, organizations, academic and cultural institutions, municipalities, neighborhood associations, parks, gardens, artists and local residents.
EcoArtSpace Since 2009, Tattoo Tan has developed a series of activities engaging his community on Staten Island and in greater New York City through sustainability activities that acknowledge the shortage of food on a global scale. S.O.S. stands for Sustainable Organic Stewardship. With this 36-page guide we are inviting educators, organizations and individuals to replicate what Tan did in New York anywhere in the world, to share his story and to create their own identity to help make the world a more sustainable place to live. In the guide are Tan's step-by-step process involved in developing and performing his S.O.S. projects.
Extreme Ice Survey – A program of Earth Vision Institute is an innovative, long-term photography program that integrates art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems.
Human Nature is a London based art production company working for people and planet. Established in 2014 with a belief in the transformational power of art, we are founded on a strong set of environmental values. Human Nature connects artists with organizations and creates provocative environmental art in unusual places. We enable both organizations and artists to grow audiences, to convey stories and ideas about the natural world.
Imaging 2020 What role can art play in envisioning a sustainable future for our planet? Imagine 2020 (2.0) is a network of 10 EU based arts organizations, funded by Creative Europe, with a focus on raising awareness in the cultural field and in a broader civil society context around the issues of the socio-ecological crisis that we are currently facing. It funds artistic commissions, research and development and promotes the sharing of resources, ideas, knowledge and debate across the various topics under the umbrella of art and ecology.
Keepers of the Waters Founded by artist Betsy Damon, this project works to inspire and promote projects that combine art, science and community involvement to restore, preserve and re-mediate water sources. Keepers is at the vanguard of integrated approaches to a vast complexity of water issues through collaborative innovative design, community organizing, mentoring, educating, providing workshops, and functioning as a cross cultural resource.
Land Art Generator The goal of the Land Art Generator is to accelerate the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate—while providing equitable power to thousands of homes around the world. Art has the proven ability to create movements and stimulate creative dialogue. The artist community has long taken a critical approach to the problems of energy use and production, which has helped to open the public eye to the severity of the problems facing us. The time is now for artists to go further and take an active role in solving the problem through their own work: "solution-based art practice". The Land Art Generator provides a platform for artists, architects, landscape architects, and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward human-centered solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes.
Living Climate Change is a virtual space, hosted by IDEO, that addresses the global issue of climate change by challenging artists and designers to think and share provocative ideas about the future.
Lynchpin – the Ocean Projectwas developed to encourage arts/ocean science conversations and collaborations that may help bring ocean stories to the wider community in new ways.
OurClimateVoices.org has a mission to humanize the climate disaster through storytelling, contribute to a shift in the climate change dialogue that puts the voices of those most impacted at the forefront of the conversation, and to connect people with ways to support the community-based climate solution-making work that frontline and vulnerable communities are already doing to combat climate impacts. They believe that storytelling is an underutilized and vital tool in the fight for climate justice. First-hand narratives connect with people on an emotional level and raise the issue of climate change in people's hearts and minds. Stories are more memorable than facts and figures. "Our team is fiercely committed to fighting for a world where food and water scarcity, drought, and other natural disasters are not exacerbated by climate change. We will use our stories to advocate for mitigation, and resilient and adaptive communities. Our weapon is our humanity coupled with our voices."
Ruckus Roots They travel to festivals, concerts and campuses in the Los Angeles area with interactive installations encourage young adults to find their creative voice within the eco-activism community. They're creating positive pandemonium and infectious enthusiasm for art and advocacy wherever they go.
The Canary ProjectThe Canary Project produces art and media about ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, food systems and water resources. We believe that cultural production is a crucial building block in social movements. Since 2006 Canary has produced more than 20 projects involving hundreds of artists, designers, scientists, writers and volunteers.
The Arctic CycleThe Arctic Cycle uses theatre to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action. Operating on the principle that complex problems must be addressed through collaborative efforts, we work with artists across disciplines and geographic borders, solicit input from earth and social scientists, and actively seek community and educational partners.
The Tar Sands Storytelling Project. Over the course of six months, 10 Wisconsin artists researched, rendered, and reflected upon the cradle to grave story of tar sands oil in Wisconsin. The 10 panel exhibit of their work depicts different aspects of tar sands oil and pipeline infrastructure in the context of the global climate crisis and the documented effects of on local communities..
Vanishing IceVanishing Ice offers a glimpse into the rich cultural legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers. International in scope, it traces the impact of glaciers, icebergs and fields of ice on artists’ imaginations.
Watershed: Art, Activism, and Community Engagement addresses the shifting ecological and political dimensions of water. This project, organized by Raoul Deal and Nicolas Lampert, uses art as a form of activism to comment on water issues in Milwaukee and the Great Lakes Basin, and their impact on the world at large. It tackles issues such as water shortages, notions of abundance, water privatization, invasive species, industrial pollution, and water as a human right.