Beyond Landscape: exhibit of artworks by members of Women Environmental Artists Directory
Jun. 15, 2012 - Sep. 28, 2012
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
At the offices of the Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato
Reception: Thurs., June 28, 4:30-6:30 pm
This exhibit includes artworks focused on sustaining nature and taking care of the planet. The artists are members of WEAD--the Women Environmental Artists Directory, whose mission is to focus on women's unique perspectives in the areas of ecological and social justice art.
The inspiration for "Beyond Landscape" comes from the work of New York artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, who wrote the Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! Ukeles is an honorary WEAD artist who has focused on environmental issues for over 40 years. After giving birth to a child in 1968, she called herself a maintenance worker and fell out of her more traditional art making. The manifesto describes actions such as washing, cleaning, cooking, and making preserves as a form of contemporary art.
Ukele's manifesto exploring "what is art" has been influential over the years, and especially in the last decade, as artists have utilized the power of art to incite conversations about how we interact with nature and about our human impact. Examples of her influences are seen in this exhibition through the use of refuse as artistic material, subject matter that advocates protection of ecological systems, and a conceptual aesthetic that asks the viewr to think beyong traditional landscapes.