Art and Sustainability

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." –William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

Thank you! December 7, 2011

14 shows. 15 artists. Over 220 works of art. 2 1/2 years. Thank you, Sightline Institute, for a wonderful opportunity to combine three of my passions: art, sustainability, and community. Thank you to all of the artists who showed their amazing work. And thank you to all of you viewers and readers who have expressed appreciation about that work. It’s been a fabulous experience. Stay tuned to see how this Art & Sustainability website evolves.

Becky Brooks
Volunteer Curator for the “Art & Sustainability” series of art shows at Sightline Institute

Advertisements
 

Photos from Berkeley Parks’ show at Sightline March 12, 2010

Filed under: Berkeley Parks,collage,shows — Becky @ 5:20 pm
Tags: , ,

Berkeley Parks’ art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle with Mieko at her desk

 

Berkeley Parks’ art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

One of 35 collages by Berkeley Parks on view at Sightline Institute through April, 2010. Each 11″ x 11″ collage on white paper was created from fragmented posters peeled off telephone poles located on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

 

Berkeley Parks’ art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

One of 35 collages by Berkeley Parks on view at Sightline Institute through April, 2010. Each 11″ x 11″ collage on white paper was created from fragmented posters peeled off telephone poles located on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

 

Berkeley Parks’ art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

The view of Berkeley Parks’ “Uncharted Space” series from the hallway

 

 

“Uncharted Space” by Berkeley Parks March 3, 2010

Filed under: Berkeley Parks,collage,shows — Becky @ 3:22 pm
Tags: , ,

We are pleased to announce “Uncharted Space,” the sixth show in our series at Sightline Institute in downtown Seattle. Seattle artist Berkeley Parks has 35 collage works on display through the end of April. Each 11″ x 11″ collage on white paper intrigues the viewer as an individual work of art as well as part of the collection. She says:

This body of work continues my monologue on “found object” as art. For my “paint,” I used fragmented posters peeled off telephone poles located on Capitol Hill. The collages are as much about the abstraction on the page as the POSITIVE aspects of the negative space: the last frontier, outer space, that quiet space within and the stimuli without. They could be exploring composition and texture; they could be contemporary illuminated manuscript pages. More importantly, they are what YOU want them to be – art as an evolving conversation.

I have always seen myself as a conceptual sculptor. My previous 3-d work has been narrative both in content and in relationship to companion pieces hung adjacent. This new 2-d series is only mildly inter-related. For me it still feels true and naturally tangential with the sculptural due to the rough, torn edges. I thoroughly enjoy having my hand (literally) in the art which lends itself to experimenting in many media. Process for me is exciting. Sometimes I am driven to making my own found object as a way to find my way with some different process.

To view Berkeley’s art at Sightline, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays through the end of April. Prices available from the curator, Becky Brooks, upon request. Email her at becky (at) tomecat (dot) com.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Berkeley’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.