Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on June 24, 2008
I’ve come to Paris to get my fix: my cafe fix; my fashion fix; and most importantly, my culture fix. Art is everywhere in this glorious city. From the Louvre to the Musee d’Orsay, the Pompidou Center to the Musee d’art Modern, the galleries are overflowing with works of art to suit every aesthetic and era, from the masters to the modernists. And you wouldn’t you know it, there’s also an exhibition celebrating the environment. In my honor? You shouldn’t have.
Running May 17th through July 12th at the Karsten Greve Gallery in central Paris, the Echo Wanted exhibition showcases the works of artists preoccupied with “themes of pollution and the degradation of our environment”. According to the website: “as international concern for environment grows (as with all major changes throughout history), art accompanies this evolution”. The result is works by artists who have grappled with these issues and creatively interpreted them in all in an effort to stimulate our collective consciousness. Bon.
The eight artists come from disparate backgrounds and their works encompass a broad range of mediums, from photography to sculpture to drawing to video. My picks follow. Lynn Davis’ beautiful photographs of Greenland’s icebergs, taken over a twenty-year period, highlight the change in ice flows resulting from global warming. Paulo Paes’ plastic art project, “Physalie” combines “biological processes with planned structures”. By juxtaposing plastic bottles with the sea or other natural habitats, “he studies the development of living organisms that set up home in these bottles with the help of scientists”. Finally Claire Morgan’s witty titled pieces, “Machine Says No” and “Captive” reveals the dangers plastic imposes on various animal species. “My work is concentrated on the apparently opposed points or aspects of our world that seem to fuse or at least are part of a whole, on the beautiful and the repugnant, the synthetic and the living, on shapes that are organic and geometric,” she says.
The exhibition continues in Germany and Switzerland, but if you don’t have a European vacay planned, you can also view the major works online.