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Anthropocene – LES Gallery

Anthropocene Island Reception - March 9, 4-6pm

March 8 – April 26, 2019, 3:30 - 7:00pm daily, LES Gallery


Anthropocene Island addresses the vast environmental and geopolitical forces re-ordering the
world as we have known it. Through the traceable singularity that is plastic (the geologic place-marker
of the Anthropocene) to native and ‘invasive’ species, the re-worlding of migratory creatures,
including humans, are examined. As a universal material of contemporary global culture, plastic
endures in the environment such that all plastic ever created still exists. The petrochemical industry
that fuels the relentless production of plastics is the same modus operandi that is also causing
desperate attempts to extract the last drops of oil from the planet, which in turn is cooking up the
enormous climatic changes we experience across the globe. Climate change is pushing all creatures –
human, plant, animal and mineral – into new geolocations.

The artists of Anthropocene Island examine these interconnected linkages through sculpture, drawing,
photography, video and installation.

Suzanne Anker, (NY) creates miniature worlds within Petri dishes that pile natural and human-
made materials into plush ‘landscapes’ photographed aerially and further translated via machinetechnology into 3d modeled artificial terrains, capturing and reinterpreting the color density of the
photograph into stratigraphic reliefs of tiny proportions. Anker is a pioneer in Bio Art, currently
researching the way that nature is being altered in the 21st century through her practice and
collaborative facility, the SVA Bio Art Laboratory.

Peggy Cyphers (NY) relocates and reorders her painting material to picture the oceanic labyrinth of
human mind and ego. Vast and continuously evolving, the non-static paintings are her primary studio
practice: Cyphers makes a parallel action in paint to the evolving physical world and the changes
wrought on the creatures of the planet.

Craig Dongoski (GA) captures microvoltages from rocks and the ionosphere, pounds stones into
first human sculptures (cupules), and creates large intricate wave tracery drawings. Dongoski
interprets the primate need to express and trace paths of existence through drawing and sound.

Pam Longobardi (GA), through her collaborative platform Drifters Project, and an evolving team
travel the world ocean, creating actions on site with local citizens to generate sculptures, photographs
and installations of displacement. By disrupting the plastic flow, Drifters examines new realities as
aquatic invasive marine species, and now human migrants, relocate on all manner of floating plastic.
Recent collaborations include citizens and refugees of Lesvos through flag-like portable monuments
that travel and generate income flow for social enterprises on-island.

Maryam Palizgir + Mo Jahangir (IRAN + GA) Iranian immigrants on temporary visas in the US
hang between two worlds and create immersive, phenomenological installations and objects that
combine technology and fabric while awaiting their future residence. Utilizing digital imagery,
photography and light, and often collaborating on installations, Maryam mourns and memorializes the
vanishing Lake Urmia of Iran that is turning into a vast salt desert, while Mo re-photographs
revolutionary crowds of human protest in Iran.

Christy Rupp (NY) builds skeletal creatures from the backbone plastic of the consumer age, credit
cards. A long-time activist and artist recording the demise of habitat, Rupp draws the full circle
around human extraction and consumption.

Kathleen Vance (NY) packs miniature, fabricated landscapes complete with running rivers into
vintage valises and steamer trunks. These traveling fragments that reference the bucolic landscapes of Romanticism are constructed with the artificial materials of industrial manufacturing creating a self-
contained universe ‘to go.’ As environmental art, Vance’s works frame current complexities surrounding the containment of natural water flows, water rights and future water wars in a seemingly
benign and magical artifice.

Open Daily 3:30 – 7:00pm. For further information, contact Pam Longobardi at