Interview with the artists here:
My work for this show is about a generation and an era of people losing connection to the earth that we are intrinsically part of; our bodies are animal, we eat plants, we drink water and we breathe air. Recently I have been noticing a trend of people reaching out for the connections that have been lost. A generation of city dwellers are slowly one-by-one stepping out of their apartments and reaching their hands into the dirt, both literally and figuratively.
Using the gallery as a make-shift "Ecotone", this show is an attempt to represent this experience of resurging appreciation for living a life between communities of wilderness and concrete. The inspiration lives outdoors and is born in what is to be discovered.
My medium is urban bird feathers, collected over a period of one year, in Washington, Vermont, New York and New Jersey. They are collaged together and placed inside a window frame. This collage represents the elements of nature that urban dwellers see frequently. Whether we choose to recognize the beauty in these creatures that surround us, or are completely unaware of them, they inhabit the same living space as humans, and we help shape each others lives. - jess rees
Out with the old, in with the new
Five artists, five takes on a changing environment
Seattle’s Ghost Gallery brings in the New Year with a show dedicated to exploring long-term
visions for the shift between nature and urban life. ECOTONE opens January 13 with an artist
reception from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
The show’s theme comes from a term used by ecologists to describe a physical transition
between landscapes, such as the point where forest becomes desert. In some cases, the
boundary between landscapes lasts indefinitely. More commonly, however, one landscape
slowly eclipses the other. It’s on these terms that five local artists explore the shift between the
urban landscape and the natural one.
Each artist approaches the show from a similar perspective: we are living in an ecotone of our
own. Often, it seems nature has reinvented itself for the city. Other times, elements of nature
face extinction. Working in a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, installation, fiber
and performance, the artists explore the outcome of that transition: what it will look like as it
progresses, what survives, and what dies.
“This show is about where we’re heading and what it may look like when we get there. It is an
exhibition threaded together with the artists’ regard for the wild and unknown,” said Laurie
Kearney, curator at Ghost Gallery.
ECOTONE is designed to inspire questions and deep consideration for the human footprint. It
also points to resurging appreciation among younger generations for the balance between
communities of wilderness and concrete. But, above all else the show captures the essence the
word “ecotone” itself, derived from a combination of eco(logy) plus -tone, from the Greek tonos
or tension. In other words, we live in a place where ecologies are in tension. These artists bring
that tension to life.
ECOTONE at Ghost Gallery
504 E Denny Way at Summit, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98122
Artists: Michael Alm, Joey Bates, Mary Elise Bolam, Jody Joldersma, and Jess Rees
Runs: January 13, 2010 to February 4, 2010
Artist Reception: Thursday, January 13th from 5 to 8 pm