Anthropocene Island, LES Gallery @ the Clemente, NY Coming soon!

Anthropocene Island, LES Gallery @ the Clemente, NY Coming soon!

Announcing upcoming group show in NY ~!! PRESS RELEASE: Anthropocene Island Artists: Anker, Cyphers, Dongoski, Longobardi, Jahangir, Palizigir, Rupp, Vance Curated by Pam Longobardi LES Gallery at the Clemente 107 Suffolk Street, ground floor NY, NY 10012 March 9 – April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday March 9, 4:00-6:00pm Anthropocene Island addresses the vast environmental and geopolitical forces re-ordering the world as we have known it. Through the traceable singularity that is plastic (the geologic place-marker of the Anthropocene) to native and ‘invasive’ species, the re-worlding of migratory species, including…

Two Museum Shows and Two Gallery Solos~

Two Museum Shows and Two Gallery Solos~

2018 was busy: I exhibited large-scale installations at the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center in Savannah, the CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum in Atlanta, and at Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC and a window vitrine installation at The Great Highway in San Francisco. New works were created for the Telfair’s Contemporary Spotlight exhibition, the “Night Flag of Lesvos” and the “Anthropocene Time Capsule (Tybee Island)”.  My work was installed in 3 locations throughout the museum: the Grand Stairway landing; within the “Complex Uncertainties” exhibition, and in the theater, where the “Giant Sea…

A living fossil~ Palau forges new models for human relationships with nature

A living fossil~ Palau forges new models for human relationships with nature

The oddly-shaped domed islands of Palau, a sovereign island nation of Micronesia, are living fossils ~ the uplifted remains of ancient coral beds that rise above sea level to become habitat, ark and home to a vast array of creatures and people, including some of the most beautiful humans I have ever met.  Palau is part of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean, east of Philippines and northeast of Indonesia, a 340 island strand highlighted by the spectacular cluster known as the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It…

REWORLDING

REWORLDING

My newest exhibition has opened at Hathaway Contemporary Gallery in Atlanta, GA, the culmination of the past year’s studio and research trips to Lesvos and Kefalonia, Greece, Wales and Indonesia.  This work addresses the vast environmental and geopolitical forces re-ordering the world as we have known it through the traceable singularity that is oceanic plastic.  As a universal material of contemporary global culture, plastic endures in the environment such that all plastic ever created still exists.  My most recent work engages the refugees and citizens on the island of Lesvos,…

Plastic Pollution Expedition to Indonesia!!~

Plastic Pollution Expedition to Indonesia!!~

A golden light matches the wonderful golden smell that envelopes the nose upon entering the Balinese taxi: it is the pungent shavings of coconut that are part of the small baskets of flowers and symbolic items laid daily as offerings of the nature-based Balinese Hinduism. This beautiful daily ritual is evidenced everywhere: on the street, on pathways, the beach, roadside altars and even in the taxi dashboards.  A place of deep spiritual connections to the natural world, Bali was the launching port of our 10-day Oceanic Society/Drifters Project/Plastic Pollution Coalition…

Lesvos: Heartbreak and joy in equal measure

Lesvos:  Heartbreak and joy in equal measure

When we submitted a proposal to speak about Plastic Free Island at the World Islands Conference of ISISA (the International Small Island Studies Association) on the island of Lesvos over two years ago, ironically themed “Island Utopias”, there were none of the nearly 500,000 refugees that eventually thronged the shores of that Greek island just 6 miles offshore from Turkey in the Aegean Sea.  An island of immense beauty, home of the legendary first poet Sappho of millennia past and current home to a thriving lesbian enclave, Lesvos became the unlikely…

Exhibition continues!! Goulandris Museum of Natural History in Athens, Greece~

Exhibition continues!! Goulandris Museum of Natural History in Athens, Greece~

On the 5th year of Drifters Project’s presence and action in Kefalonia, we were given a major exhibition at the Goulandris Museum of Natural History in Athens, Greece~!  The exhibition opened in May 2015, and has just been extended for a second time through May 2016!  The museum is a vast, classical Victorian natural history museum of extensive specimens and fantastic dioramas, founded by the visionary Mrs. Goulandris, botanical illustrator of the flora of Greece, and has a massive contemporary addition that houses the Gaia Center, a vast space dedicated…

Postcard from the Brink ~ Belize in Crisis

Postcard from the Brink ~ Belize in Crisis

Dropping into Belize City, the once capital of the tiny island nation of Belize, you feel strangely a little like being in Venice where vaporetti, or water taxis, are the primary mode of transport. So too for Belize, except there are also plenty of cars on the mainland, but none at all on the 2 miniature islands or cayes that were my home and worksite for the next 15 days. Another similarity is the general feeling of decrepitude, not as obvious in Venice unless you look closely, visit regularly or…

The Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond

The Plastic GYRE Symposium:  Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond

March 26-27 /  Atlanta / GSU + CDC Museum In an unprecedented gathering, 35+ of the top national and local scientists, artists, activists and industry leaders present 2 full days of the newest scientific discoveries and creative disruption to the plastic pollution crisis~ Drifters Project, in collaboration with the CDC Museum, GSU, and Plastic Pollution Coalition, host this major event with in-depth panel sessions, films, presentations, popup exhibition and GYRE :  The Plastic Ocean exhibition currently on view at the CDC Museum! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS…

Oceanic Society Artist-In-Nature Residency!~ Bali to Komodo

Oceanic Society Artist-In-Nature Residency!~ Bali to Komodo

2014 marked the start of a new adventure:  I am the official Artist-In-Naure with Oceanic Society!  Founded in 1969, Oceanic Society is the oldest ocean conservation non-profit in America, focused on using the experience of travel in nature as a tool to deepen the connections between people and the natural world.  Their progressive leadership has introduced two initiatives in 2014: to address plastic pollution and to promote art as a conservation tool.  My first trip as Artist-In-Residence was co-leading the 10-day Bali to Komodo expedition on the live-aboard schooner Sea Safari VII with naturalist and Oceanic’s…