As busy humans, we hear and learn thousands of things every single day. While certain headlines might make us stop for a second to process shocking, or interesting information – for the most part we can all call ourselves “endless scrollers.” Yes, we’re guilty too; we’ve all flipped to our news feeds and surfaced 10 minutes later unsure what we even just saw!
One thing that is sure to make us stop every time, however, is art. Art is able to express in one quick visual all the thousands of words our minds process every day. And more than that, art has a way of making us actually feel something about that info, and these feelings make us want to do something!
Demiak was born in 1967 as Maarten Demmink in Goudriaan, --- Demiak (Netherlands): Small-scale paintings that look like aged photographs depicting catastrophic water events across the globe and across time (ancient to contemporary); a collection of small, wall-mounted sculptures reminiscent of Louisiana swamp houses
One Green Planet
Works range from a video of swimming polar bears to an installation of umbrellas made from the flags of Japanese fishing boats; from a collection of wall-mounted sculptures of Louisiana swamp houses to photographs mapping the proliferation of water stores in the drought-stricken American West. An installation by Minnesota artist Dustin Yager in the Commons Gallery employs pitchers lent by local residents in a Zen-like meditation.
In a first for Legion Arts, Trouble the Water, which includes a range of media, video and participatory works, will occupy all four galleries at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Vincent J.F. Huang has created a number of sculptures that illustrate the realities of climate change. Though his pieces may be shocking at times, they force the audience to see the connections between our daily habits and their environmental consequences. In one of his recent exhibitions, Huang created a giant Polar-Bear-Burger, featuring a polar bear sandwiched in the middle of two classic burger buns. When you consider the fact that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent, does Huang’s Polar Bear Hamburger 2014 seem too extreme?