09. HOAX, HEROIC + OTHER DREAMS
How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of climate change on the fragile environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. As Bruce Brown, exhibition curator states, “With increasing frequency Maine artists of all disciplines are traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic to study, observe and record the effects of climate change. Melt Down includes stunning photographs and videos by ten distinguished Maine artists whose work calls attention to one of the major ecological issues of our time.”
Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change, they bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.
Hoax, Heroic: Egocentric Magics Creepin’ on Your Socials in Blue (Frozen Networks) or How A Place Thinks About Another Place, 2019
12 Photographs / 38x30 (each) // Archival Pigment Print from Medium Format Negative Under Blue Cast Acrylic with Blue Metal Frame
4 Laser-cut acrylic stand offs / ~ 28x20 / Blue Acrylic
Other Dreams of the Polar Ice as a Surface to Scroll Infinitely, 2019
Video, Arctic Sleep Memory Foam, Wood, Video Paint
~4' x 5' x 3'