Environmental Impact II Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: March 16 – April 20, 2024
Location: Katharine Gardner Stevenson Gallery & Elizabeth M. Sinnock Gallery, Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey St., Quincy, IL 62301
Curator: David Wagner
Exhibit Hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM
Reception Date and Time: March 16, 1-3 pm, gallery talk at 1:30 pm
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT II is a national traveling museum exhibition, curated by David Wagner. This exhibit aims to heighten public awareness and concern about the intentional or unintentional consequences of human action or inaction, through the power of this art. Artworks are by leading contemporary artists who focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues.
Traditional art generally depicts nature in all of its glory, often in beautiful, pristine conditions. The sixty or so paintings, photographs, and sculptures in ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT are different from traditional works of art because they deal with ominous environmental issues. These range from the implications of global warming, unabated resource development, and industrial scale consumption . . . to unintended consequences such as oil spills, nuclear energy contamination, drought and wildfires, biological effects of low frequency electromagnetic field pollution on vulnerable species such as honey bees, impacts of genetic engineering whereby DNA of one species is extracted and artificially forced into the genetic code of other species, and on and on. The list of phenomena that inflict the planet as we enter the third decade of the 21st Century is daunting and sadly, sure to grow in scale and volume in seen and unforeseen ways which will impact and inflict people and the other inhabitants of the planet for years to come. These are the subjects of ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT II.
Image Credit: La linea de Basura, acrylic on canvas, 2019 by Guy Harvey ©