Opening Reception: June 21, 2013 7PM - 10PM
Join Growing Home’s Stephanie Douglass and Urban Canopy’s Alex Poltorak (guest speakers), Kate Corby and Dancers, Poems while you wait wunderkinds (Kathleen Rooney, Eric Plattner, and Kenyatta Rogers), artists Rine Boyer, Robin Dluzen, Jenny Kendler, Heather Marie, Heelmysole Daniel, Suzette Bross, poets Lana Rakhman, Phillip Jenks, Matthew Corey, and others in an exciting eco-event of storytelling, urban renewal, and investigations of self, other, animal, home and world.
The environmental humanities have arisen in the past decade as interdisciplinary movements that examine cultural production as mediated by one’s physical environment: instead of accepting our historic moment as “post human,” eco-artists and activists create a competing ethic (solidarity) to commodification. Habitus, along with eco-themed conferences, festivals, scientific research, and literature and critical theory all testify to a growing need to challenge profit-based global capitalism by the reestablishment of a model or self – and other awareness based on indigenous philosophies of interrelation between nature and culture, urban and pastoral, humans and other species and ecologies. In today’s state of environmental exigency, the choice to live with the abstractions of conceptualism or the lived praxes of community and political engagement is ours.
Chicago-based artists Robin Dluzen and Rine Boyer collaborate for the first time with a pair of works that find a conceptual common ground amongst their vastly differing media. Both artists have long been engaged with the notion of how mankind interacts with the landscapes in which they dwell, and for this collaborative project, Dluzen's engagement with functional material and structural imagery is punctuated by Boyer's graphic, figurative drawing. Together, the artists explore the conundrum of the contemporary urban farming trend with works that blend inside with outside, city life and rural practice, and the organic and the man-made.