Exhibit & catalog for show featuring 16 California artists working in collaboration with 16 scientists from the U.S.Geological Survey.
From June 1 – 28, 2012, an exhibit of the newly-created works by the project's artists, and informational displays by the scientists, will be on exhibit at the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz, California.
All donations to Kickstarter will go toward production of a printed catalog for the show and to help cover the cost of artists' materials. (Because the scientists work at the USGS, they are unable to accept similar donations.) Thank you for your contribution!
Visit www.EarthScienceArtSC.com for more information.
The idea for earth • science • art / sixteen collaborative explorations came about one day when I was visiting the R. Blitzer Gallery. In the same renovated industrial building where the gallery is located, on the other side of a shared wall, is the U.S. Geological Survey's Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. This wall is a compelling symbol of how art and science—and the people involved in both disciplines—often seem to exist in separate worlds. It occurred to me that this was a perfect opportunity to invite artists and scientists to step around, over, or even through that wall to begin a creative dialogue.
When I approached the USGS and several artists from California’s Central Coast and San Francisco Bay Area, I discovered that there was great interest in working together. In January, 2012, after meeting and being matched with one another, sixteen artist/scientist pairs began their collaborations. In each partnership the scientist's ongoing research provides the artists with starting points to inform and inspire their creative efforts.The artists are being asked not to explain the science but, rather, to use it as a springboard for new work.
In June 2012, an exhibit at the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz, California, will feature the newly-created artworks alongside informational displays by the participating scientists. Equal emphasis will be given to both, providing an opportunity for the public to experience and reflect on the different ways that science and art each study and represent the world around us. As part of the project, two panel discussions in June will give gallery visitors an opportunity to hear the artists and scientists speak about their collaborations.
The artists in this project work in a variety of media including painting, video, printmaking, textiles, and 3-D materials. Their approaches include scientific illustration, contemporary abstraction, and time-based conceptual work. To see links to the artists' websites, please visit www.EarthScienceArtSC.com.
The scientists in the project are involved in a wide range of research projects including the study of migratory bird patterns; deep water reserves of precious metals; potential effects of natural and anthropogenic hazards; movement of sediment through wind, waves, and currents; and mapping climate change as it impacts human communities and natural environments. Their areas of specialization include geology, biology, geography, geochemistry, and oceanography. To learn more about their research, please visit www.EarthScienceArtSC.com.
Funds raised through Kickstarter will go toward the production of a 24-page catalog of the show, and to help cover the artists' costs of materials for the project. A full budget is available upon request.
Thank you so much for your interest and support of this project! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 26, 2012.
Mar 19, 2012 - Apr 26, 2012 (38 days)
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Our gratitude and a personal email from the project's organizer, Lisa Hochstein, acknowledging your donation and support. Every bit helps!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Above, plus periodic emails with photo updates of the projects. Follow the progress of the artists as they create new work!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Above, plus your name listed on the project's website as a supporter, publicly acknowledging your generosity.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Above, plus a refrigerator magnet with the project logo. A daily reminder of our appreciation!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Above, plus a tote bag featuring the project logo and the R. Blitzer Gallery logo. Let people know when you go shopping that you care about Art and Science—and saving trees!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Above, plus a copy of the 24-page exibit catalog—an attractively designed publication that will help you remember the project after the show comes down in July!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Above, plus 2 free admissions to an evening event at the R Blitzer Gallery. Come hear the Artists and Scientists talk about their collaborations and know that you helped make it happen.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Above, plus 5 signed copies of the exhibit catalog with your name listed inside as a supporter. (If you're in Santa Cruz in June, you also get a walk-through of the show for yourself and up to 8 friends with some of the participating artists and scientists.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012