A-Maze Artists Collective are delighted to participate in an exhibition by the Computer Arts Society, 25 Copthall Avenue, London EC2. The exhibition is curated by Sean Clark and will open on 10 July and run until December. computer-arts-society.com/exhibitions/cas-members-2023.html
This is one of the many great AI generated images on Nazia Parvez's new website - it's from a series called Desert Nautilus and explores the themes of climate change and resilience.
Ardern has been looking at footprints more and reflecting on "how we leave impressions, some temporary, some long, some ancient, but none permanent (on the geological time scale at least!)."
He has collected images of prints in mud - some pigeon, fennec fox and lizard footprints (images above) and says " I'm thinking about how we're moving away from having footprints at all, contemplating new technological developments, from trackless modes of transport like seafaring to digital technologies which leave little physical trace. Considerations of carbon footprints and how we can get to a stage where we leave none of those either"
Fion Gunn, Displaced no 8, 2020, mixed media, 51.5x25x35cm
It always pains me when I see plastic toys dumped on the side of the road, they can't be burned, when broken they're difficult to repair or to recycle (depending on what your local council can do) and so they just add to the growing heap of plastic rubbish. I try to wage war against this - well, in a very small way. If I find a discarded plastic toy boat I take it back to my studio to transform it.
In this case I started with the hull and covered it with raw linen which I had dipped in paint. I removed the deck, masts and other bits and pieces to use in another imagined vessel, then I built an underwater landscape and the surrounding rocks.
The transformed vessel with its inland sea has a mast made from cinnamon which supports the last piece of green vegetation to be seen in a world which has been totally flooded. A boat with the remnant of humanity floats on water which covers a deluged city teeming with fish and algae. I wanted to capture that nightmare scenario to which climate change could lead, poetically and in miniature. The viewer is scaled up and becomes a giant with a different perspective - one in which they have power.
I have never exhibited this piece! I completed it just before the outbreak of COVID in 2020 and the exhibition in Paris in which it was to feature was cancelled.
On World Environment Day it feels like the right piece to feature in this Blog and here's the link to website's Beat Plastic Pollution page.
Looking towards land
Returning or leaving
Day becomes night
Reptilian rocks shift
Mottled greys pause
Dying light - Through
Particles of dust
- ochre, sienna, lapis
Maureen Kendal 2023
Through this artwork, which is one of a series of drawings, Maureen is asking psychological/ philosophical/ logical/ poetic/ personal questions around how we as humans, (as distinct from human-mediated machines ) experience ‘place’.
‘Place’ is a location which is experienced by a human- framed at a specific time/location - historically mediated through perception and memory whereas ‘Location’ is defined by computer defined coordinates.
Maureen asks about how we journey and migrate across places to survive? Migration can be motivated by the necessity to flee oppressive regimes and a lack of opportunity for growth and creative becoming? For her, the question around migration and who should be ‘allowed across borders’ is not one that distinguishes between economic or political necessity. Historically many revolutionary / religious/ ideological thinkers have sought equality, the right to freedom and emancipation from physical and mental slavery and all forms of oppression, access to knowledge and the right to roam.