Feb. 21-April 5, 2014
Selby Gallery I and II: Artists Adriane Colburn and Christina Seely each travel throughout the world and record their findings on the changing global environment through installations, digital films and photographs.
[Exhibition Program Highlights]
5 x 5 and Preview, Thurs., Feb.20, 5:00 pm: The artists will share their thoughts on their art and environmental issues along with speakers Tim Rumage, Environmental Science Coordinator at Ringling College, Dr. Emily Hall, staff scientist at MOTE Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, and Dr. Frank Alcock, professor of political scientist at New College in Sarasota and Director of a new Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory. The format includes 5 slides by each presenter followed by a dialog with the audience. Attendees will also have an opportunity to preview the exhibition.
Juried Instagram Exhibition Reception, Tues., April 1, 5:00-7:00 pm: The public is invited to submit images via Instagram of their own artwork inspired by the exhibition and presentations. The images will be juried and presented electronically in Selby Gallery for one evening. (Call 941.359.7563 for deadline and requirements to participate.)
[Adriane Colburn Artist Statement]
Over the past several years I have developed a series of installations based on the complex relationship between human infrastructure, earth systems, technology and the natural world. In these projects, large cut paper wall-works are in conversation with manipulated objects, photographs, drawings, video and projected light.
My installations are extracted from the data, images and video I have collected while participating in scientific expeditions to remote, wild places such as the arctic and amazon. The work reflects on these far-flung environments and the overall state of nature in an age where few stones remain unturned by man. I am particularly interested in romanticized notions of wilderness, the alteration of
nature by industry and climate change and the relationships between scientific exploration and exploitation. In participating in these expeditions and generating work from the aftermath, I am reckoning with how our thirst to understand and visualize a landscape can irrevocably disrupt it.
The large wall-works are made from photographs and drawings that have been transformed through a system of physical removal that results in abstracted images that are informed by voids as much as by positive marks. These fragile and often sprawling constructions are frequently paired with more direct or physically weighty fare in the form of found objects and imagery that points more frankly to the subject matter. At the core of all my work is a fascination with the way that our attempts to make sense of the world around us through maps, data and pictures result in abstractions that are simultaneously informative, formless and utterly ambiguous. For more information go to: www.adrianecolburn.com.
[Christina Seely Artist Statement]
My expedition-based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and the complexities of our contemporary relationship with the natural world.
Embedded in the work is often the dialectic between the surface documentation of representative media and the complex reality that lies beyond that surface – how beauty can suggest the simple and ideal while both subtly reflecting and obscuring an often darker more complicated truth.
An experimental examination of our relationship to time and the natural world makes up the root of my artistic practice. This practice has become focused on the act of bearing witness in the far reaches of the planet. While the work culminates in photographic, textural, collaborative and performative translations it is guided by both the potentials of the photographic medium as an artistic tool and its deconstruction as a dominant cultural syntax. For more information go to: www. christinaseely.com.
[EVENTS IN SELBY GALLERY] (All events are free and open to the public.):
5 x 5 – Science & Art On the Environment and Preview: Thurs., Feb. 20, 5:00 pm, (Cash bar, call 941.359.7563 for reservations.)
Opening Reception: Fri., Feb. 21, 5-7 pm
Director’s Tour: Mon., Feb. 24, 11:30 am
Juried Instagram Exhibition Reception, Tues., April 1, 5:00-7:00 pm (Call 941.359.7563 for deadline and requirements to participate.)
[REGULAR HOURS: SEPTEMBER – APRIL]
MONDAY – SATURDAY, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
& TUESDAY, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(Selby Gallery will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.)
[LOCATION] Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.
[ABOUT SELBY GALLERY] All Selby Gallery exhibitions and presentations (and most of our special events) are free and open to the public.
Sponsored in part by Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and WSMR Classical 89.1.