Eco-Logic: Artists’ Take on Environmental Changes
SpaceCamp Gallery, 1043 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis
March 1, 2013
About the Artists
Michele Brody was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1967, she received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. Utilizing her strong background in the liberal arts, she creates site-specific, mixed media installations and works of public art that are generated by the history, culture, environment, and architecture of a wide range of exhibition spaces. While living and working in such places as France, Costa Rica, California, the Midwest, Germany, and her home of New York, her art career has developed into a process of working in collaboration with each new community as a means towards developing an interpretation of the sense of a place as an outsider looking in. For Eco-Logic, Brody shows the life cycle of palm oil trees in Costa Rica. Palm oil production has been documented as a cause of substantial and often irreversible damage to the natural environment.
Caleb Charland received his MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL under a Trustees Fellowship. He got his BFA in Photography with Departmental Honors from Massachusetts College of Art. He mixes a language of science and art to create photographs that shock and awe. He states “The way we understand the world relies so much on our ability to measure it. Given that many measurements are based on the proportions of the human body its clear we measure stuff to find our place amongst it all and to connect with it in some way. By exploring the world at hand, from the basement to the backyard, I have found a resonance in things. An energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world. This energy is the source of all true art and science, it breeds those beloved “Ah Ha!” moments and it allows us to sense the extraordinary in the common.” For this exhibition, Charland shows photographs of LED lights powered completely by the fruits and vegetables in the images.
Born in a suburb of Washington, DC and raised in the small town of Poolesville, Maryland, Jason Ferguson moved to Baltimore to study art at Towson University and continued his studies at the University of Delaware where he received his MFA. To complete his projects, Jason solicits assistance from professionals working in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. Collaborating with practitioners in various branches of study gives his work a level of authenticity that he cannot provide on his own. The results are large sculptural objects, installations, video works, and photographic documentation that highlight the unique relationship between art, science, and philosophy. He has exhibited his work internationally including group exhibitions in Kolderveen, the Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, MO; Alexandria, VA; and Detroit, MI. For Eco-Logic, he is creating a new version of Koe. Koe is a response to the agricultural landscape throughout the Netherlands’ northeastern province of Drenthe. The Netherlands’ landscape is divided into a series of dikes created to defend against the increasing threat of floods due to the regions relation to sea level.
Carsten Schneider and Suzanne Hensel are elusive Berlin based artists who mostly work in theater and with sound. They regularly create work for Berlin public radio and create interesting plays that alter the landscape and your expectations. For this exhibition, they are showing Vogeltrommel (Birdy Drum). For two years, they slowly trained wild birds to be comfortable with them, finally coming inside the studio to eat and raise their young on the musical instruments. The songs in the exhibition are therefore birdsong, but not in the way you’d expect as they are playing human instruments, albeit without their full knowledge. This project talks about small scale human created environmental change.