Art Exhibit! Where We Have Been and Where We are Going: an exhibit of threatened, endangered and recovered species. 2/12-3/31
January 28, 2015
Opening reception: February 12th from 5pm-7pm
Exhibit dates: February 12th-March 31st. Location: Tides Foundation/Thoreau Center for Sustainability, in the Seed Gallery. http://www.thoreau.org/ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1560202860887830/
I am thrilled to be partnering with the Rainforest Action Network (http://www.ran.org/) and the Center for Biological Diversity (http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/). They will be co-sponsoring the opening reception, and 15% of the proceeds from any sale at the exhibit will be donated to each organization.
Below is a write-up about the exhibit:
Xander Weaver-Scull is passionate about creating non-didactic, inspiring artwork of threatened and endangered species that do not have the ability to speak on their own behalf.
This exhibit intermingles three bodies of work: 1. A twenty-five foot long accordion book of threatened and endangered species from California.
2. A series of threatened and endangered species that would be negatively impacted by the Keystone XL Pipeline.
3. A series of pieces from a children’s book he is writing and illustrating about threatened and endangered species that have been “de-listed” due their recovery.
Through the use of hand-drawn and cut stencils, watercolor, and homemade inks from natural pigments, he brings attention to the impact humans are having on the Earth’s other inhabitants.
In a world where fear and apocalyptic framing are widely used to influence people, he creates work that is simple, positive, and presents the issue in a non-confrontational manner. This artwork is a way for him to honor living beings harmed by human action, and to craft something beautiful and healing. “I try not to tell my viewers what to think, rather create a moment for reflection and appreciation.”
Each stencil reflects a simplified version of the Earth’s ecosystem, like a puzzle comprised of distinctive pieces. Alone each piece is unique, but essentially meaningless without the other pieces to complete the whole.