Black Rock Press – Exhibition
Jordan DeNoce, Art 381
The speaker began the presentation by telling about her background: working in the Pennsylvania School system for about 15 years as an art teacher, finishing her Masters in D.C., and eventually ending up here in the Black Rock Press. In the rest of the presentation she details her work over the last few years.
1 in 3 – This work was about abuse victims, the name detailing the statistic as the theme. It featured a book with pages of the stories of victims with their faces or bodies showing bruises. The pages only covered part of the page so the different pictures could be layered over each other to make a whole person or picture.
1792 – The name is the revoked zip code of a Pennsylvania town. The book is about the coal mining industry that kept the town alive until it became the site for one of the worst industrial disasters when a great fire cause the entire town to burn to the ground. The work, again in book format, features pictures of the town before and after the great fire and talks about where its residents were relocated by the government.
Code Red – This work was done around the time of the Sandy Hook school shooting. The outer cover featured a brick pattern with the names and locations of shooting victims. The book talks about how in the wake of these events we should focus more on the victim then the perpetrator and how none of the victim’s names could be found without searching them through the shooters name. The book also raises awareness of careless gun storage in the home and the outer cover featured the name of victims of accidental home shootings.
Old Geiger Grade – This book was heavily inspired by the Comstock lode and the history surrounding its events. Geiger Grade was a trail used to transport goods to and from Virginia City. The book was made to look of the time and featured many shades of brown to give it that dusty look a trail in the 1800s might have. A nice feature of the book was a trail that followed through each page and around the book’s text, representing the winding trail of Geiger Grade. The speaker stated that to get inspiration for this book and to get into the 1800’s mindset she read Mark Twain’s Roughin It.
Jordan DeNoce, Art 381
I though Tim Guthrie was quite an interesting artist, he had a wide range of projects and topics he worked on and they all showed some element of the same joking manner he presented himself with.
His early work comprised of these 2d paintings within a small frame. These were anything from portraits to caricatures of himself or friends as famous artists and celebrities. He disliked working in 2d because he felt it to be limiting so he moved on to 3d works that looked fairly similar. They focused on a single person with a picture of them in the background, but had an interactive display of items that represented parts of their life or personality.
He worked on a number of different environmental projects. One he briefly mentioned about the cooler to save the ice I found pretty funny. A piece about the B.P. oil spill showed footage of the event pixelated on one side to comment on how the media influences such stories. Another project featured a collaborative effort to make a bike that interacted with a screen depicting the square behind the building the exhibition was in. By pedaling the bike you could keep the square from flooding with water, which was a statement on people taking an active role in the environment. In line with his joking nature the bike also featured a horn that made a clown appear and a rare appearance of Godzilla. His current project, called the Museum of Alternative History is a huge collaborative effort between many artist where they design scientific or historical pieces of their own imagination and write a serious looking scientific explanation to back it up. These can range from the ridiculous finds of Mickey Mouse’s skull to the almost believable discovery of strange new species. Currently he is working to expand this project and take it to show in other parts of the country.
Naomi Klein: Climate Vs. Capitalism
Jordan DeNoce, Art 381
First off I want to say that speaker did a great job at this event, despite the subject matter holding a foreboding tone she broke up these moments with some good natured humor and managed to keep an hour and a half speech interesting and engaging the whole way through. She started by talking about what the world governments were doing to solve the climate crisis, especially when they met for the Paris agreement in 2015. While there was a lot of good press surrounding the event praising the fact that so many governments had come together and managed to agree on steps forward on such an important topic she put the numbers of the agreement in perspective. The pledge promised to keep global warming to under 4 degree Celsius in the following years which Naomi points out would be a unprecedented natural disaster for countries that have already experienced a comparatively small change of 1 degree Celsius. Furthermore this pledge was not binding in any way, if a country were to not meet its promised standards there would be no consequences.
The second half of her speech focused on the private sector and what role they’ve had in climate change Vs. the public sector and what should be improved within it. She talks about research into global warming done by oil companies as early as the 1970’s that abruptly stops around 1990 before the denial campaign, funded by those same oil companies, takes over. She believes the solution is to make major investments in the public sphere for things like education, renewable energy like solar panels and finding low carbon jobs for people (jobs that do not require use of fossil fuels like childcare). Currently the private sector is making huge amounts of money off of oil and using that money to corrode the political process and prevent these changes as well as information getting out to the public. But in recent years the number of victories against big oil companies have been increasing, notably president Obama’s denial of Exon’s plan to build a new oil pipeline, as a growing body of citizens demand change.
Questions for the speaker:
1. 1. What areas/countries have been most successful in transitioning to a more sustainable energy model and can that be applied to other areas?
2. 2. Is denial of global warming still a big issue among certain countries? How can we spread the information so collective political action can be taken?