LIFE ON EARTH
Curated by Cornelia Jensen
Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, June 11th
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20th 4pm-6pm
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–6 pm
When we think of “environment” what do we think of? THE Environment? Or OUR Environment? Everything we create as humans is derived from materials whose sources originate in nature. When I use the word “Nature” I am referring to the world that exists free from human design. It creates itself according to laws undetermined by human beings. But are we actually part of nature? Is our existence the result of these natural laws? Has evolution itself evolved to include human activity as a factor in our development as a species?
Here in New York City, we are miles from any undeveloped land. Our “environment” is a colossal construction born from the imagination and the will of human endeavor. Our lives in this metropolis bear a constant reckoning of who we are and what we do. Now we also inhabit many places at once via cyber space. As we swim into the future are we abandoning and marginalizing our origins? Is our primal relationship to nature no longer part of our unconscious? Is “Nature” part of the past, or does it maintain a permanent place in our world? Is it lost, far away, or right around us? Is it possible to conjure this relationship via human will? This is the purpose of art.
Let us explore in this exhibition how “design” from human craft interacts with what is “natural”. Where do humans respond to nature and where do we live counter to it? What role does nature play in our unconscious? Where does beauty cross over between the worlds with and without humans?
-Cornelia Jensen, Curator
The WAH Center presents LIFE ON EARTH– a group art exhibition exploring the many artistic explorations of nature and our environment.
WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center)
Located at the corner of Bedford,
next to the Williamsburg Bridge:
135 Broadway, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211