Creative Pinellas and Arctic Cycle present “90N,” a solo exhibition of works created by Xavier Cortada at the North Pole in June 2008

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Galleries:     Antarctic Ice Paintings | Native Flags | Endangered World | Longitudinal Installation | North Pole Dinner Party

 

90N:
North Pole Installations

by

Xavier Cortada

at

Gallery at Creative Pinellas
12211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33778

Exhibit runs  June 29, 2018 through September 2, 2018

 

ARCTIC ICE PAINTINGS

In the summer of 2008, Cortada used Arctic ice to create a series of Ice-paintings aboard a Russian Icebreaker as it made its way back from the North Pole.

 

 

NATIVE FLAGS:

At a time when melting polar sea ice had many focus on which political power control the Arctic (using the Northwest Passage shipping lanes and the petroleum resources beneath the sea ice), Cortada planted a green flag and reclaimed it for nature. To do so, he developed Native Flags, a participatory eco-art project that engages others in planting a green flag and native tree in their homes to prevent the polar regions from melting. Reforestation sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, helping reduce green house gases that warm the planet.  Learn more a twww.nativeflags.org

Xavier Cortada, “Native Flags | North Pole,” 2008. (http://nativeflags.org/native-flags-north-pole/)

 

 

ENDANGERED WORLD:

Cortada highlighted the need to protect our endangered species by placing the names of 360 endangered animals  in a circle around the North Pole, each aligned with longitudinal degree in which the struggle to survive in the world below. Learn more at www.endangeredworld.org

Xavier Cortada, “Endangered World | North Pole,” 2008 (http://endangeredworld.org/north-pole-about/)

 

 

LONGITUDINAL INSTALLATION:

As he did in the South Pole, Mr. Cortada placed 24 shoes in a circle around the North Pole, each shoe representing a person living in a different part of the world affected by climate change. Afterwards, he approached each shoe and recited a statement from each person about the impact of global climate change in their lives.  Learn more at www.longitudinalinstallation.org 

Xavier Cortada, “Longitudinal Installation | North Pole,” 2008. (http://longitudinalinstallation.org/north-pole-installation/)

 

Xavier Cortada, Ice Plate, North Pole Dinner Party (Miami): 90N6 , Sea Ice from the Geographic North Pole, pigment and glaze on ceramic plate, 2008

 

NORTH POLE DINNER PARTY

On June 29th, 2008, Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole 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 pieces of ice 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.”

 

North Pole Dinner Party/Miami 2008: The Green Project | Claire Oliver Gallery

 

Xavier Cortada, Ice Plate, North Pole Dinner Party (Miami): 90N_ , Sea Ice from the Geographic North Pole, pigment and glaze on ceramic plate, 2008

North Pole Dinner Party

On June 29th, 2008, I arrived at the North Pole to create ritualistic installations addressing global climate change and the melting polar caps. One of my performances included a ritual where I fed my fellow icebreaker travelers pieces of ice 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.  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.

Xavier Cortada

 

North Pole Dinner Party/Miami 2008: The Green Project | Claire Oliver Gallery

NorthPoleDinnerPartyAbove: North Pole Dinner Party (Miami Performance, 2008)

On December 3rd, 2008, North Pole Dinner Party participants ingested ice made with water Cortada brought from this trip. This North Pole dinner took place in Miami on ceramic plates the artist made using the melted polar ice.

Artist:
Xavier Cortada

Title of Artwork:
Ice Plate, North Pole Dinner Party (Miami)

Medium:
Sea Ice from the Geographic North Pole, pigment and glaze on ceramic plate

Year:
2008

Miami 2015: Bakehouse Art Complex

Xavier Cortada performance of North Pole Dinner Party at the Bakehouse Art Complex on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Laurie Fink)

 

On August 14th, 2015, North Pole Dinner Party participants ingested ice made with water Cortada brought from his North Pole trip. This North Pole dinner took place in Miami using the same ceramic plates the artist made for the 2oo8 performance.

 

North Pole 2008:

In 2008, Cortada performed the Longitudinal Installation, Endangered World and Native Flags at 90 degrees North.

Cortada at North Pole in 2008