… ‘Greenhouse Britain’ [by the Harrisons] recapitulates the convergence of the aesthetic and the ethical, best described by Heidegger when he writes, ‘The first step to vigilance is the step back from the thinking that merely represents…to the thinking that responds and recalls.’ (Amanda Boetzkes, The Ethics of Earth Art, 2010)
Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison have a new exhibition entitled Sierra Nevada: An Adaption opening at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York, and are keynote speakers at the College Art Association conference, (Feb 9th, 5:30-7pm, free and open to public, as CAA keynote address, in East Ballroom, Hilton Hotel NY, 3rd floor.)
The Harrisons will be focusing on their current multi-year programme of work entitled Force Majeure, (i.e. that external event which overtakes all other priorities and requires a response). The ‘force majeure’ they are referring to is the need to rethink the very basis of western society (extraction of value from natural systems comprehensively beyond sustainable limits) because climate change interacts with ecosystems already under stress to accelerate the effects.
Press Release: Harrison Sierra Nevada An Adaption 2011-2
Also on in the NY area is:
Opening February 10, 7pm at OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY
Nurturing Nature: Artists Engage the Environment
with artists Eva Bakkeslett, Vaughn Bell, Susan Benarcik, Michele Brody, Jackie Brookner, Linda Bryne, Xavier Cortada, Sonja Hinrichsen, Basia Irland, William Meyer, Maria Michails, Roy Staab, and Joel Tauber.
Co-curated by Amy Lipton and Patricia Miranda