Friday, November 27, 2009

Artwork Auction

The auction is on until January 10th!

Help send the artists to Nagoya and take advantage of the low opening bids for artwork:

2 beautiful prints of Janet Fredericks
4 stunning illuminated sculptures (lamps) from Riki Moss
an incredible necklace from Sophie Hood
a major piece of artwork from Janet Van Fleet

as well as outright purchase of:

earrings from Janet Van Fleet
the souvenir booklet

Friday, November 13, 2009

Exchange between Nagoya and Boston children

From Janet Van Fleet: I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last weekend, and was amazed to find an exhibit of a children's art exchange between Nagoya and Boston children! Here's a link to a description of the exhibit on the MFA's website. A Japanese translation is available at the bottom of the page.

Wonderfully, many of the children's pieces featured animals, so biodiversity is apparently on the minds of many. We will be working with children in Nagoya too, when we are there (see schedule, two posts below) so the connections keep asserting themselves!

Click on images for a readable version.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

From Janet Van Fleet's Installation

From the 36 foot In The Web

Installation pics from Riki Moss

These elements, minus the 9 foot tree which so far has eluded a decent photo, are elements of the approx 27 foot installation called From The Paper Forest. 25 - 30 masks will be suspended from the ceiling, casting shadows on the wall.

The Schedule in Nagoya


January 27 (Wed)
Two performances by Sophie Hood between 14:00 and 18:30

January 29 (Fri)
Workshop for kids 1 (in Daiko Nursery School)

January 30 (Sat)
Artist talks 1 (13:00-15:00)
Performances (LEIMAY . Melon All Stars)17:00-19:00

January 31(Sun)
Symposium 1: Panel discussion with Izuru Mizutani, Yoshiharu Nagano, and Janet Van Fleet 13:00-16:00

February 6 (Sat)
Workshop for kids 2, 10:00-11:30 and 13:00-14:00
Artist talk 2 (Midori Harima) 16:00
Symposium 2: Panel discussion with Hariu Ichiro, Mr. Nishimura, and Izuru Mizutani 17:00-19:00

From Sophie Hood's Installation "You Never Know"

Monday, November 2, 2009

Janet Fredericks "The River Runs Through Me"

The flyer for ON THE PLANET

Please click on the image for one large enough to read the text for a clear explanation of the exhibition's theme and purpose.

Maya Lin's Final Memorial Project is on the topic of Biodiversity

The sculpture below is part of Maya Lin’s last memorial and is the first component of a multi-sited, multimedia artwork dedicated to raising awareness about the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. Rethinking the traditional stationary monument, What is Missing? is a memorial that will exist in several media and in multiple places simultaneously. The permanent site-specific What is Missing? sculpture, installed at the Academy’s East Terrace, is part of a larger commission awarded to the artist by the San Francisco Arts Commission that includes Where the Land Meets the Sea, which was unveiled last September to correspond with the opening of the Academy’s new facility designed by architect Renzo Piano.

The permanent "What is Missing?" sculpture consists of a 8'6"h x 10'8"w x 19'2"l bronze “Listening Cone” lined with reclaimed wood. A 2' 4 ¼"h x 4'6"w screen, located within the cone, features more than 20 minutes of compelling video footage that links extinct as well as threatened and endangered species to the habitats and ecosystems that are vital to their survival. The featured species, which include the tuna, dodo bird, monarch butterfly, golden toad, and others, were selected because they are either already extinct or will most likely disappear in our lifetime. The video footage is overlayed with text describing the decline of the featured species and the alarming degradation of their habitats. The text connects the viewer to the main causes of extinction—direct harvesting, non-sustainable hunting and fishing practices, the introduction of non-native species, habitat destruction and global climate change.

Photos: Bruce Damonte Photography, Inc.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Logo for the Nagoya Conference

Japan has marked the one year countdown to the start of the tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10), which will be held in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010. To mark this occasion the COP 10 logo and slogan was launched at the Ministry of the Environment in Tokyo. Read details here.

The COP 10 slogan, “Life in harmony, into the future” articulates the need for coexistence between humans and biodiversity for the sake of future generations. The logo, in the form of origami conveys the same message, by arranging diverse flora and fauna in a circular shape with an adult and child in the center.