“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA“
a solo exhibition premiering works created in Antarctica in 2007
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs from November 8, 2018 through January 13, 2018
Artist Meet and Greet
Join us: “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA” a solo exhibition by Xavier Cortada, premiering works created in Antartica in 2007.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 (7 – 10 pm)
- Celebrate Art Miami Week:
Thursday, November 29, 2018 (6:30 – 10 pm)
- Pinecrest Day: Distribution of Underwater Markers:
Sunday, December 2,2018 (noon – 5 pm)
- Underwater HOA Meeting (and artist signing of Underwater Markers):
Thursday, January 9, 2019, (7 – 10 pm).
Presented by the Village of Pinecrest with Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER, University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center, Eyes on the Rise and the Miami New Media Festival.
About the Exhibition
Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “Antarctic Ice Paintings” using glacier ice, sea ice, and sediment samples provided to him by McMurdo LTER scientists working in Antarctica.
“Global Coastlines,” a series comprised of all of the artist’s Antarctic works on paper which had not yet been titled (and had never been shown) will be premiered and named at Pinecrest Gardens. One is titled “Antarctica,” another “Pinecrest, Florida.” The remaining sixty works will be titled for another 60 global communities threatened by sea level rise. The exhibition is part of a broader participatory art project aimed at engaging residents in a conversation about the future of their properties.
The exhibition will also serve to launch the Underwater HOA participatory public art project the artist is implementing with the Village of Pinecrest to engage their 6,000 households in addressing sea lever rise. Learn more at www.underwaterHOA.com
I travelled to Antarctica in 2006 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artist and Writers Program fellow. There, I created a series of works on paper by melting ice samples scientists gave me from their research on how human impacts on global climate are melting the Antarctic glaciers.
“Underwater HOA“ depicts South Florida’s vulnerability to those melting glaciers: the Village of Pinecrest will encourage its residents to install an “Underwater HOA” marker on their front lawn during the first week of December 2018. The marker will display how many feet of melting glacial water must rise before their property is underwater. I numbered each yard sign from 0 to 17 feet, the land elevation range for the 6,000 houses in the Village. The signs’ backdrop show the watercolor paintings I made in Antarctica by melting ice from the very glaciers that threaten to melt and drown Miami.
By mapping the crisis to come, I make the invisible visible. Block by block, house by house, neighbor by neighbor, I want to make the future impact of sea level rise something no longer possible to ignore.
My socially-engaged environmental art practice aims to help address the problem at hand: As part of the effort, I will charter a homeowner’s association where members are organized by property elevation–the most important metric any coastal community need consider. By asking participants to join Underwater HOA, I engage my neighbors as problem-solvers who will learn together and work together now to plan and better prepare (themselves and their heirs) for the chaos to come.
– Xavier Cortada
a participatory art project by Xavier Cortada will be launched during the opening of the artist’s
solo exhibition premiering works he created in Antarctica in 2006-2007 at
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs from November 8, 2018 through January 13, 2018
“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA” a solo exhibition by Xavier Cortada, premiering works created in Antartica in 2007.
- Artist meet and greet, Thursday, November 8, 2018 (7-10pm)
- Artist meet and greet with Consular Corps for naming of “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines” series, Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:30 -10:00 p.m.
- Pinecrest Day: Distribution of Underwater Markers and Artist Meet and Greet, Sunday, Dec 2, noon – 5:00 p.m.
- Underwater HOA Meeting, Artist Signing of Underwater Markers, and Artist meet and greet, Thursday, January 9, 2019, 7- 10:00 p.m.
Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “Antarctic Ice Paintings” using glacier ice, sea ice, and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. “Global Coastlines,” a series of comprised of all of the artist’s Antarctic works on paper which had not yet been titled (and had never been shown) will be premiered and named at Pinecrest Gardens. One is titled “Antarctica,” another will be titled “Pinecrest.” The remaining sixty works will be titled for another 60 global communities threatened by sea level rise. The exhibition is part of a broader participatory art project aimed at engaging residents in a conversation about the future of their properties.
Join us for the opening of
an exhibition of works Cortada created at the North Pole in 2008
Cortada Studio at Pinecrest Gardens
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Opening: Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 10am to noon
Exhibition runs through October 31st (by appointment: 305-858-1323)
Ninety Degrees North (90N)
On June 29th, 2008, Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole (90N) to create ritualistic installations addressing global climate change and the melting polar caps. One of Cortada’s performances included a ritual where he fed his fellow travelers aboard a Russian icebreaker pieces of ice he collected at the North Pole, thereby integrating the North Pole into their very being. “I figured that if they ingested a piece of the North Pole, it would become part of them.” said Cortada. “The North Pole water molecules would be swirling through their bodies. The North Pole atoms would be incorporated into their very cells. My sense was that after having North Pole communion, they would protect the North Pole. If nothing else, they would do so for self-preservation.”
Cortada also taped pieces of paper to the top deck of the icebreaker. He then placed North Pole sea ice and paint on the pieces of paper. As the icebreaker made its way south from 90 degrees North, the ice melted and created his Arctic ice paintings. The North Pole works also included the reinterpretation of his 2007 South Pole (National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program) “Longitudinal Installation” and “Endangered World” ritualistic installations at the Earth’s northernmost point, and the launch of Native Flags, a participatory ecoart project to engage others in reforesting the world below. Cortada created art at the extreme ends of the planet to address issues of global climate change at every point in between.
As the Arctic Melts
Ten years ago, Cortada’s ice breaker easily pushed through the then-thinning polar ice, surprising the crew at its early arrival in the North Pole. Arctic warming has since continued melting sea ice at frightening speed: “Within two decades” stated the artist, “I may be able to repeat the journey on a sailboat, because scientists tell us the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during summer. Global Climate Change will not just melt the Arctic, it will irrevocably change the world below.
“I bring this exhibition to the people of Florida to draw the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula,” said Cortada. “Melting ice will have catastrophic effects across our state and weaken the Gulf Stream. Arctic warming will lead to sea level rise, more coastal flooding, prolonged heat waves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”
Xavier Cortada will participate in EU Climate Diplomacy Day.
On September 27, 2018, at the Storer Auditorium in the Miami Business School, the artist will engage the audience in his DO NOT OPEN performance, asking them to write letters to the future. The artist will also invite five General Consuls to randomly select one of the 60 paintings the artist made by melting Antarctic ice and name it after one of their own country’s coastal cities made vulnerable by the melting of that same Antarctic ice. The five European consuls will be the first to randomly name the Global Coastlines series of the Antarctic Ice Paintings. The remaining 55 works will be named at a ceremony in Pinecrest Gardens Hibiscus Gallery on November 29, 2018, see http://hibiscusgallery.com/about-2018-icepaintings.
For more information contact:
Axel Zeissig, Vice Consul, Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
100 N Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2200, Miami, FL 33132
Phone (305) 358-0290 ext. 585
Fax (305) 358-0307
VANISHING ICE: ALPINE AND POLAR LANDSCAPES IN ART 1775-2012
Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota
January 27th, 2018 – May 13th, 2018
Xavier Cortada, “astrid,” (2007). Permanent collection of the Whatcom Museum.
Xavier Cortada’s “Astrid” painting will be on exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN from January 27th through May 13th, 2018 as part of the “Vanishing Ice” exhibit curated by Barbara Matilsky — see http://www.vanishing-ice.org. You can learn more about Cortada’s piece by reading the American Art essay by Alan Braddock and Renée Ater, Art in the Anthropocene — see http://cortada.com/press/2014/AmericanArt.
Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “ice paintings” using sea ice and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation. To learn more about the series visit http://cortada.com/2007/ice-paintings.
Artist: Xavier Cortada
Series: Ice Paintings: Antarctic Sea Ice series
Medium: Sea ice from the Antarctica’s Ross Sea, sediment from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper
Size: 12 inches x 9 inches
Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica
Permanent collection of the Whatcom Museum.
Barbara Matilsky, Curator of Art
VANISHING ICE will introduce the rich artistic legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers now threatened by climate change, a phenomena understood by the public primarily through news of devastating climactic events The exhibition offers another perspective by providing visitors an opportunity to experience the majesty of sublime landscapes that have inspired artists, writers, and naturalists for more than two hundred years. Interweaving science, history and art, and highlighting their historical interrelationships, the exhibition encourages audiences to value the preservation of alpine and polar environments for the well-being of both nature and culture. Through this exhibition, visitors will begin to appreciate how strongly embedded these regions are in our collective consciousness
Comprised of 70 works of art, Vanishing Ice will unfold thematically and chronologically, tracing the visual impact of glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice – unique and often fantastic formations – on artists’ imaginations. International in scope, the exhibition features artists from Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States. It will examine the connections among generations of artists as they sought to understand and interpret the color, light, and structure of ice. Through their magical landscapes, visitors will vicariously experience the blue-green hues and extraordinary shapes of another world.
The confluence of art, science and public education is one of the major themes of the exhibition. In their quest to discover new pictorial motifs, the artist-as-explorer contributed to a greater understanding of the Earth. In the wake of the large number of voyages launched during the nineteenth century, images of alpine and polar landscapes helped popularize revolutionary scientific discoveries and theories in natural history, including the concept of an Ice Age concomitant with a vision of the planet’s ancient origins. Works of art by artists such as Jean-Antoine Linck (Swiss, 1766-1843) and Louis Lebreton (French, 1818–1866) appeared in scientific publications, expeditionary atlases, travelogues, popular magazines, and exhibitions. Today, these early landscapes continue to play a major role in science by helping climatologists measure the retreat of glaciers over the centuries.
A growing number of artists are once again journeying to alpine mountain ranges and the Poles, the most salient indicators of climate change, to document the effects of global warming. The fate of retreating glaciers have been presented by many photographers, including Gary Braasch, David Breashears, and Eirik Johnson who compare their views of the Rocky Mountains, Himalayas, and Andes with historical photographs, which will also be highlighted in the exhibition. Parallel to the nineteenth-century artists’ close relationship to natural history, their images appear in a wide range of venues, including books and exhibitions, helping to visualize the dramatic effects forecast by climate scientists.
Like their nineteenth and early-twentieth century counterparts, many artists are joining government-sponsored expeditions. The US National Science Foundation provides opportunities for artists as diverse as Eliot Porter and Camille Seaman to spend time in Antarctica as a way to increase awareness of polar research. Many artists, in the spirit of Frederic Edwin Church and William Bradford, have organized their own expeditions. Since 2007, artist David Buckland has been coordinating Arctic explorations composed of artists, scientists, musicians, and writers through the Cape Farewell Project, underscoring the expanded role of the artist-activist in publicizing climate change. Seventy artists have participated to date, including Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky, whose work will also be featured in the exhibition along with video documentation of Cape Farewell’s inaugural expedition.
Vanishing Ice also examines the stylistic evolution of alpine and polar imagery over two centuries. Within this context, the exhibition will feature the wide array of materials, media, and techniques that artists have employed to vividly capture the frozen landscape. Initially limited to drawings, prints, paintings and later photography, artists now utilize video, sound, and site-specific sculpture to interpret these environments. Among the fifty internationally recognized historical and contemporary artists included are: Ansel Adams, Otto Olaf Becker, John Grade, Lauren Harris, Frank Hurley, Issac Julien, Rockwell Kent, Alexis Rockman, and Spencer Tunick.
Vanishing Ice will reveal the transformative power of art in shaping the public’s perception of these starkly beautiful environments. Beginning in the eighteenth century, writers and painters, such as Francois-August Biard (French, 1799–1882), and Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900) contributed to a new appreciation of alpine and polar landscapes, which were once regarded with fear and now experienced on a heightened, emotional level. This quality, described as the Sublime, intersected with spirituality and was one of the defining aspects of a culture in the throes of rapid industrialization. Polar ice and glaciated mountains became metaphors for both the control of nature and correspondingly lack of control, freedom, nationalism, and more recently climate change.
While showcasing the art, Vanishing Ice will present layers of information through illustrated text panels, graphs, maps and a multi-disciplinary time line featuring milestones in art, literature, science, exploration, and mountaineering, which will help visitors grasp the history of alpine and polar regions and their significance for Western culture. An introductory video, produced by the City of Bellingham’s TV10, will be aired in the gallery and broadcast on the cable channel. Quotes by artists, scientists, writers, and explorers will be strategically placed throughout the galleries to augment the key ideas and messages of the exhibition. The exhibition will feature interpretive graphics for understanding why the Arctic, Antarctica, and glaciers are so critical for maintaining a balanced, planetary ecosystem and suggest what individuals and communities can do to help mitigate global warming.
Additional components of the exhibition include: a 162-page catalogue, published by the University of Washington Press and a web site.