Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Gulf: Prescient Works Completed before the Spill

The Gulf: Works Completed Before the BP Spill  at the Arthur Roger@434 Gallery is meant as a meditation on the endangered beauty of the Gulf of Mexico, its related commercial fishing life and its bordering habitats. Years before the  Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig explosion and it's massive oil spill, several gallery artists explored related environmental concerns in their work.
Jacqueline Bishop’s Trespass, 2003-2004 (detail), above left, comprised of discarded baby shoes and bird replicas, addresses threats to the Louisiana landscape and beyond. Allison Stewart, top, an artist whose work is based on the Louisiana wetlands, describes her “awakening” on a flight to New Orleans across the Gulf of Mexico: “I saw the barrier islands literally sinking into the sea.
Land at the mouth of the Mississippi was disintegrating like old lace, scarred by a thousand miles of oil canals and pipelines.” Others include Simon Gunning's paintings of shrimp boats in Venice, Louisiana, right, Luis Cruz Azaceta's Fear, above left, is a meditation on dark biohazards and Douglas Bourgeois' Aperture (detail), below, study of human frailty in the midst of an artificial forest of toxic industrial facilities. Through July 17, Arthur Roger@434 Gallery, 434 Julia St.; 
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