“Cultural organisations are in a unique position to challenge, inform and engage audiences in conversations about the environment.The arts have an important role in helping society to face up to the challenge of climate change and create a more sustainable future for us all.” Nicholas Serota, 2018 The Guardian
“Living and working in New Mexico for nearly 30 years has greatly influenced my paintings, and my thinking in general. The expansive space, vivid light and western frame of reference informs the narrative content in my work, and the alien beauty of high desert skies serve as backdrops for many compositions. In contrast to the picturesque, however, are serious ecological concerns, with very real impact on the quality of life in this region of the country. I’m especially aware of the correlation between poverty and environmental exploitation, because they live so closely together here in the “Land of Enchantment.” Scott Greene
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Land Arts of the American West at the University of New Mexico plans collaborative projects with Art & Ecology students, visiting artists, activists, and community members from the Southwest.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
These zines were created by 2018 Land Arts of the American West artists while visiting the Greater Chaco Region in New Mexico and witnessing the environmental racism and health impacts of fracking on local communities. This project, designed to raise public awareness of the issues, was a collaboration with visiting artist, Asha Canalos, and the Greater Chaco Coalition.
Artwork by Larry Bob Phillips, writing by Marc LeClair
The ongoing conversation on the proposed Sandoval County oil and gas ordinance has been transformed into a comic book. LeClaire, who has been following the conversation since the ordinance’s inception, felt compelled to write the comic book due to a personal commitment. “Some years ago, I made a personal commitment to do everything I could to protect the land and the water here,” LeClaire said. “I feel the more I learned about fracking, the more I am completely convinced that it’s a real threat to our land and water and our way of life here.” The comic book is available for viewing on Instagram @thefrackingofsandovalcounty. Or a copy can be purchased for $5 at New Mexico Future Histories.
National Parks 2050, depicts a post-apocalyptic future brought on by climate change, Rothstein’s newest work gives voice to her generation’s concerns about keeping the fabric of society from fraying in the face of a rapidly changing world. “I have been worried about climate change for a long time, and when I saw the systems designed to fight it being dismantled, I felt my time to pull out the art guns had come.”
Johannesburg, South Africa
My Drowning World explores the personal impact of climate change in a global context. “I wanted to make something where the victims of climate change are looking the viewer directly in the eye,” he says. “There was a point for me where I was researching the imagery of climate change and I felt that it was very white on many levels, and very distant–images of polar bears and glaciers and often very beautiful scenarios. I bring people into the depiction of climate change.” –Gideon Mendel
Justin Brice Guariglia
Justin Brice Guariglia is a contemporary visual artist known for his work on ecological issues. His photographic, sculptural, and installation s address climate change. Guariglia frequently collaborates with scientists, philosophers, and journalists in order to forge a deeper understanding of human impact on the planet. The Man on an Eco-Mission in Mixed Media, NYTimes. Recent Exhibits include Climate Signals and We are the Asteroid in Indicators, Artists on Climate Change.
Climate Signals was a citywide NYC outdoor installation by artist Justin Brice Guariglia. The exhibition consisted of ten solar-powered highway signs flashing text to draw passers-by into the climate conversation. Climate Signals was designed to break the climate silence and encourage thought, dialogue, and action to address the greatest challenge of our time.
Cornwall, England. Living in Nairobi, Kenya
Photojournalist Lisa Murray has seen firsthand how new weather patterns affect rural communities. She’s seen women in Kenya walk hours to get water for their families; healthy villages in South Sudan going hungry after flash floods wipe away the harvest; fishing communities in Indonesia disappearing due to erosion and rising sea levels. “In the West, climate change doesn’t impact on our lives the same way it does in the global South,” she says. “It’s easy for people to ignore it.”
Courtney Mattison is an internationally recognized artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She creates intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.
Coral Universe is a monumental outdoor exhibit that showcases the beauty of life under the ocean’s surface. It is dedicated to the Coral Triangle region, home to the most biodiverse marine environment in the world, and highlights the beauty and fragility of coral reefs – and why we need to act now to protect and manage them. The installation is designed by U.S.-based ceramic artist and ocean advocate, Courtney Mattison and made in collaboration with Indonesian artists Ricko Gabriel, Alfiah Rahdini, Sasanti Puri Ardini, Anak Agung Ivan WB together with more than 300 volunteers.
Woomera, South Australia
Yhonnie Scarce belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. She is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, describing her work as ‘politically motivated and emotionally driven’. Scarce’s new work Hollowing Earth examines the issues related to the mining of uranium on Aboriginal land.
Isaac Cordal installs small sculptures in streets and public spaces, then photographs them to document their presence. The ongoing work — called “Cement Eclipses” — is meant as social critique, he explains “It refers to this collective inertia that leads us to think that our small actions cannot change anything. But I believe that every small act can contribute to a big change. Many small changes can bring back social attitudes that manipulate the global inertia and turn it into something more positive.” Waiting For Climate Change was an installation in Nantes, France.
Support was an installation for the 2017 Venice Biennale. ” I wanted to make a statement about climate change and the role people must play in supporting Venice’s unique world heritage. I have three children, and I’m thinking about their generation and what world we’re going to pass on to them. I’m worried, I’m very worried.”
In fact, the hands are modeled after one of his children’s and in an Instagram post, Quinn said that Support “wants to speak to the people in a clear, simple and direct way through the innocent hands of a child and it evokes a powerful message, which is that united we can make a stand to curb the climate change that affects us all.”
The Climate Museum provides a home base for a wave of vibrant and robust engagement with the climate challenge. A locus for possibility, it will cultivate a shared identity for a new and inspiring climate citizenship. It will be a landmark in the New York City cultural landscape, drawing us together around the social justice, public health, and urban design challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. To see their past exhibit: In Human Time
New Windsor, NY
This exhibit uses Storm King’s Museum Building and 500-acre site as platforms for seventeen contemporary artists to present work that engages with some of the many challenges—scientific, cultural, personal, psychological—that climate change has brought to humankind. Through a wide variety of conceptual approaches and artistic media, the exhibition demonstrates how art can command attention for difficult subjects and spur creative thought, solutions, and ideas in ways that elude other means of communication and understanding. March-Nov, 2018