i3C (Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis) presents "The Non-Human is Pushing Back" at the Piano Craft Gallery.
Co-curated by Jeffrey Nowlin, Adriana G. Prat and Michaela morse with the artwork of i3C Artists and guests.
Exhibition: September 1st to the 17th 2023 - Opening Reception: September 1st, 6-8PM.
Wildfires, floods, heat waves, mass species decline: there are countless indicators that the biosphere is pushing back against humans' activities and consumption of resources. How does any individual in the 21st century respond as they look at the environmental crisis that the elite Global North has created, but which every person must now contend with?
i3C: The Non-Human is Pushing Back acknowledges that not all peoples have made equal contributions to the climate crisis. Without minimizing the need to hold unsustainable and unjust corporations and institutions accountable, this exhibition seeks to bear witness to the equalizing forces that are making themselves louder across the Earth and calling humans as a colletive species to realign our relationships with every entity outside of ourselves.
It is the assertion of the i3C Artists that ecologically-engaged artworks can aid a broader public in relating to the world in a less human-centered way.
By challenging our species' material legacy in an era of disposable goods, many of the works in this exhibition call for the flow of waste to be interrupted while simultaneously exploring the value of what has already been discarded. Several artists call on methodologies aligned with field research, social advocacy and creative pedagogies to collaborate with their selected materials and position these entities to present their own stories. Through nostalgic appeals within familiar landscapes, still other artworks ask us to recognize analogous realities playing out worldwide and reconcile our alignment to these cascading timelines.
As contemporary environmental art invites us to see everything as our ally, we become aware that the survival of our own species is dependent on the biosphere maintaining a balance. Our relationship to consuming resources changes, and in turn the negative impacts of human activity on the planet are reduced. The works of i3C: The Non-Human is Pushing Back offer viewers an opportunity to envision a more harmonious exchange between the human and non-human. In entering into such an allyship, our species is positioned to take action and work towards a truly global vision of ecological justice.
i3C Artists: Steve Bennett, Sarah Meyers Brent, Maria Celeste Linardi, Cedric Harper, Martha Heller, Muriel Horvath, C. J. Lori, Michelle Lougee, Rebecca McGee Tuck, Shelby Meyerhoff, Michaela Morse (Curator), Carol Moses, Jeffrey Nowlin (Curator), Paula Pitman Brown, Adriana G. Prat (Curator), Luna Sconty, Yulia Shtern.
Guest artists: Susan Altman, Elizabeth Awalt, Lisa Barthelson, Ivana Damien George, Liliana Folta.