Marie Celeste

May 12, 2011

May 12 – September 16, 2011
Artspace, New Haven, CT

Marie Celeste is a thematic group exhibition that uses the recent environmental phenomenon of “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) or “Mary Celeste Disorder,” in which bees mysteriously disappear from their hives, as a metaphor for environmental consciousness and an exploration of the ethical sublime in our post-industrial era.

Ranging from site-specific installations to painting and photography, the diverse works in this exhibition enter a broad, polyphonic discourse on contemporary art practice and the environment that has been ongoing since the 1970s. The eleven artists participating in the exhibition ask viewers to see and think about humankind’s relationship to science and nature—both as a physical environment and an idea. Their works probe the boundaries that encompass our moral and ethical obligations to care for our surroundings, now, and in the future, and make manifest the interconnectedness of ecology and technology in the 21st century. And, while the artists in Marie Celeste explore the conflicts between individual and collective actions, preservation and transformation, production and reclamation, and notions of disenchantment and optimism, their works are created from a deeply personal artistic practice that is grounded in the production of emotional affect rather than in the production of meaning.

Artists include: Erika Blumenfeld, Stephen Bush, Nick Lamia, Jason Middlebrook, Shari Mendelson, Mayumi Nishida, Jessica Schwind, Joseph Smolinksi, Eva Struble, Tattfoo Tan, Alison Williams

Marie Celeste exhibition brochure

MC_Williams_struble
Installation view: (foreground) Alison Williams, Glasshouse #3, 2010
Mixed media; Courtesy of the artist; (background) Eva Struble, Bitumar Tanks, 2009
Oil on canvas; Courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Projects, NY
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Williams_detail
Detail: Alison Williams, Glasshouse #3, 2010
Photo: Mia O. Photography
Tan_sos_1
Installation view: Tattfoo Tan
S.O.S Greenade, 2011
Seed, soil, postcards, photographs
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Bush_Tan
Installation view: (L) Stephen Bush, Rhodamine Mabel Bungaara, 2011
Oil and enamel on linen; Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery;(Background) Tattfoo Tan, Nature Matching System, 2011; (Realized by Martha Lewis and Zachary Keeting’s Op-Art Class at the Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven)
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Nishida_1
Installation view: Mayumi Nishida
Introduction to Water, 2009
LED lights, monofilament, water, ceramic pot
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Middlebrook
Installation view: Jason Middlebrook
The Many Layers of the Arctic Owl, 2005-6
Acrylic, ink and graphite on panel
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Lamia_1
Installation view: Nick Lamia
Cities for our Kids’ Kids’ Kids’ Kids’ Kids’ Kids’ Kids, 2011
Mixed media
Courtesy of the artist
MC_Blumenfeld_1
Installation view: Erika Blumenfeld, Antarctica Vol. 2 (Land Ice), 2009
Digital pigment print
Edition of 20
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Blumebfeld_2
Installation view: Erika Blumenfeld, Antarctica Vol. 2 (Land Ice), 2009
Digital pigment print
Edition of 20
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Smolinksi_whale
Installation view: Joseph Smolinski, Untitled Blue Whale, 2011
Mixed media on paper
Courtesy of the artist and Mixed Greens, NY
Photo: Mia O. Photography
MC_Schwind_Smolinski
Installation view: Jessica Schwind and Joseph Smolinski
(L-R)Deadhead, 2011; Global Warning, 2011; Bees and Wasps, 2011
Archival inkjet print, acrylic, resin, and plastic bucket
Courtesy of the artists
MC_install_3
Installation view: (L-R) Shari Mendelson, Silver Vessel, 2011; Discarded and reused plastic, aluminum foil, acrylic polymer; Courtesy of the artist; Joseph Smolinski, Disconnected Woodpecker, 2011; Graphite on paper; Courtesy of the artist and Mixed Greens, NY; Joseph Smolinski, Disconnected Snapping Turtle, 2010; Graphite on paper; Courtesy of the artist and Mixed Greens, NY; Eva Struble, Cambridge Iron I, 2010; Oil on canvas; Courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Projects, NY