“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 Gardens Farmers Market: Distribution of Underwater Markers:
Sunday, December 2, 2018 (10am – 5 pm)
- Underwater HOA Meeting:
Thursday, January 9, 2019, (7 – 10 pm).
Presented by the Village of Pinecrest and the League of Conservation Voters 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 Antarctica’s melting glaciers and 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 to engage residents from across Miami-Dade County in addressing sea level 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