Bryndís Snæbjörns- dóttir / Mark Wilson
Trout Fishing in America and Other stories
Arizona State University Art Museum
October 2 2014 – January 17 2015
In an age of uncertainty, artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir (Iceland) and Mark Wilson (UK) investigate the balances and tipping points in human intervention in nature. The exhibition, Trout Fishing in America and Other stories, examines how ecologies can change radically as a result of tiny individual actions by human or other agents. Over a two year period, they explored scientific conservation initiatives in Arizona and, taking a notional ‘vertical slice’ through the Grand Canyon, they focused on the reintroduction of two endangered species — the Humpback Chub, native to the Colorado River, and the California Condor, whose zones of flight extend from the Canyon to the Vermilion Cliffs and into Utah.
Late Harvest juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy with historically significant wildlife paintings, resulting in intriguing parallels and startling aesthetic contrasts. The exhibition seeks to simultaneously confirm—through historically-significant wildlife paintings—and subvert—through contemporary art and photography—viewers’ preconceptions of the place of animals in culture. An illustrated catalogue with writing by Joanne Nordrup, Bruce Sterling and Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson accompanies the exhibition. Featured artists are: Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, Richard Ansdell, David Brooks, George Browne, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Petah Coyne, Raymond Ching, Kate Clark, Wim Delvoye, Mark Dion, Elmgreen & Dragset, Carlee Fernandez, Richard Friese, François Furet, Nicholas Galanin, George Bouverie Goddard, Damien Hirst, William Hollywood, Idiots (Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker), Alfred Kowalski, Robert Kuhn, Wilhelm Kuhnert, Bruno Liljefors,Polly Morgan, John Newsom, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Walter Robinson, George Rotig, Carl Rungius, Yinka Shonibare MBE, David Shrigley, Amy Stein, Archibald Thorburn, Mary Tsiongas, Joseph Wolf, Brigitte Zieger, Andrew Zuckerman
The Center awarded the 2014-2015 fellowships to two art partnerships and one individual: Donald Fortescue, Susannah Sayler and Ed Morris, and Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson. The fellows are known globally for their work, forged at the intersection of art and science. The internationally recognized research center awards select global scholars for their work dedicated to understanding how humans interact with their natural, built, and virtual environments.
Reno, Nev. (February 1, 2014) – The Center for Art + Environment (CA+E), an internationally recognized research center at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, recently named Research Fellows for the 2014-2015 term. Each year the Center names a limited number of research fellows for two-year appointments. The fellowships are not open for application, but are awarded by the Center in recognition of existing or proposed projects that will contribute new understanding of how humans interact with their natural, built, and virtual environments.
Center Director and prolific writer William L. Fox says these fellowships significantly advance the CA+E mission. Founded January 1, 2009, the Center supports the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The significant Archive Collection includes material from the Land Arts of the American West, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Fritz Haeg projects, and Lita Albuquerque’s Stellar Axis, among many others, providing an ideal venue for scholarly collaboration.
“The CA+E Research Fellows we select each year are among the foremost practitioners in the field. We’re honored both to work with them and to promote their projects, all of which help us understand the complex social and physical systems of the planet,” said Fox.
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson are a collaborative art partnership. Their art practice is research based and socially-engaged, exploring issues of history, culture, and environment in relation to both humans and non-human animals. Through their practice they set out to challenge and deconstruct various notions and degrees of “wilderness.” They conduct their practice from bases in Iceland, the north of England, and Sweden, and are currently engaged in tracing the waters of the Colorado River from the Grand Canyon to Phoenix.
Donald Fortescue is a Professor of Art and Design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. He was born in Sydney, Australia, where he studied zoology and botany for his first degree, and worked as a botanical consultant and scientific illustrator for many years. He then studied woodworking and furniture design at the Australian National University and earned a Master’s degree in Sculpture. He moved to the U.S. in 1997 to head the Furniture Design program at CCA. His work now involves the use of digital technologies in tandem with antiquated technologies and craftsmanship associated with expeditions of discovery from the Enlightenment era to the early 20th Century. By combining these disparate technologies, Fortescue explores the congruencies between science and art, in field projects ranging from the deserts of Australia to Iceland and, he hopes, the Antarctic.
Photographer Susannah Sayler and scholar Ed Morris (Sayler/Morris) work with photography, video, writing and installation. Of primary concern are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness. In 2006 they co-founded The Canary Project, a collaborative that produces visual media and artworks to deepen public understanding of climate change (CanaryProject.org). They are currently working with Bay Area artist Christina Seely on a project using photography, video, and installation to explore human comprehension of time scales – whether human, geologic, cosmological, or animal — and its relationship to anthropogenic climate change.
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