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ECO ART EXHIBITION: Out of the Blue
Posted By Moe Beitiks On February 21, 2009 @ 12:00 pm In Art | 1 Comment
The weather has always been considered a primal and uncontrollable force. The exhibition, Out of the Blue , which opened this week at Bergen Community College  in New Jersey, examines if human creativity is similarly tumultuous and unpredictable. Capturing atmospheric and geological phenomena — both real and unreal — the exhibition explores how these events, which have been unquestionably affected by humans, can also be a metaphor for the birth of new ideas. The exhibition takes a deeper look at the need for proper cultivation of social, political, and environmental influences in order for society to propagate fulfilling creative endeavors.
The exhibition features a wide swath of work, from desert videos to piles of take-one candy . In each piece, the essence of the creative process is used to harness the fluctuating nature of — well, nature — into a coherent message.
Some works show wispy contemplations of clouds , the remixing of satellites and birds’ wings , or the traveling performance/installation of a picnic set with folding chairs. In the last aforementioned piece, artist Austin Thomas travels with a collapsible set of chairs and porch tables,  armed with a screw diver and a few drinks. She offers up the mobile backyard hangout: which, incidentally, is one of the best ways to kick back and contemplate the ever-blueness of the sky.
The show was implemented by curators Amy Lipton of ecoartspace , Joy Episalla , and Joy Garnett . The exhibition also showed in 2006 at the Abington Art Center , addressing the same essential questions with a series of photographs, paintings and installations. It coincided with the launch of strangeweather.info , a creative online climate change resource.
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/21/eco-exhibition-out-of-the-blue/
 Out of the Blue: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Index.html
 Bergen Community College: http://www.bergen.cc.nj.us/pages/1690.asp
 Matterhorn Icon series 1-6 by Diane Burko: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Burko09.html
 piles of take-one candy: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Gonzalez-Torres09.html
 wispy contemplations of clouds: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Gourevitch09.html
 remixing of satellites and birds’ wings: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Moore09.html
 collapsible set of chairs and porch tables,: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Thomas09.html
 ecoartspace: http://www.ecoartspace.org/aboutus.html
 Joy Episalla: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Episalla09.html
 Joy Garnett: http://www.firstpulseprojects.net/Out-of-the-Blue/Garnett09.html
 Abington Art Center: http://abingtonartcenter.org/on-view/archive/out-of-the-blue-2/
 strangeweather.info: http://www.strangeweather.info
 + ecoartspace : http://www.ecoartspace.org/
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