Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality


The Wilderness Mind: Activating Wonder exhibition features works by sixteen artist members of the SCWCA Eco-art Collective. The 24 works in this 2015 exhibition range from photography, painting, hand-made books and assemblage will be presented at Modest Fly Studio Gallery in Tujunga, Ca. They build on the core premise from the first exhibition (Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality) that an open state of mind or what is often called "wonder" can be experienced in both traditional wilderness areas and in dense urban habitats. Some artworks celebrate the existing beauty and diversity of this planet while others acknowledge how human activity changes and often negatively impacts the environment. The diverse artworks are intentionally interwoven with writings and resources that present the multiple concerns of the participating artists. The exhibition will also feature a public conversation with area activists moderated by environmental artist Suvan on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Artists: Carolyn Applegate, Amy Bauer, Cheryl Bookout, Marie Cenkner, Danielle Eubank, Ann Isolde, J.J. L'Heureux, Katherine Kean, Nancy Lissaman, Meg Madison, Marion Melchiorre, Sandra Mueller, Annemarie Rawlinson, Seda Saar, Louise Wannier and France White.


The Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality exhibition featured works by the fourteen artist members of the SCWCA Eco-art Collective, a member-led group formed in 2005 to creatively address environmental concerns. It launched a year-long exploration on the concept of wilderness by Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, California. The 30 works in the exhibition ranged from photography, painting and hand-made books to assemblage, installation, video and performance. Artists in the exhibition discovered natural wonder in the many ecosystems that humans inevitably impact—from bergy bits in Antarctic waters to carcasses of dead birds found on urban streets. As curator Deborah Thomas so aptly stated: "Although 'wilderness' may call to mind places of intense experience in nature, far from civilization, it reveals itself to be more a state of mind that defies location, either geographical or imaginary, where social structure relaxes, logic slips away, and time and space collapse." A series of related programs to foster community engagement were organized to complement the exhibition including a panel discussion, a summer solstice celebration, a poetry reading and a calendar of curator's and artist's talks.

Artists: Carolyn Applegate, Ulla Barr, Marie Cenkner, Danielle Eubank, Ann Isolde, MaryLinda Moss, J.J. L'Heureux, Nancy Lissaman, Meg Madison, Hiroko Momii, Sandra Mueller, Annemarie Rawlinson, Deborah Thomas and France White.