Art show explores the Anthropocene

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

An artist’s sculpture of a fish caught in fishing line and hooks.

Le doré bleu by Sasha Phipps will be displayed at Transient. “The blue walleye (le doré bleu) is a subspecies of walleye considered to be extinct, because of anthropogenic eutrophication and overfishing,” says Phipps. “The sculpture represents both a trophy fish and a fishing lure.” Phipps (BFA 2011) and fellow artist David McDougall are both employed at the University.

By Linda Scales

The Anthropocene will be the topic of Transient, a free art exhibit being held at the University of Ottawa’s Pilot Plant Lab (Colonel By Hall, Room D415) on December 1. Curated by Visual Arts students under the guidance of Art History Professor Celina Jeffery, the course is structured around curating contemporary art and giving the students hands-on experience on curating their own art exhibition,” says Melissa Ng, one of the eight participating students.

In this collaboration between the departments of Visual Arts and Chemical and Biological Engineering, the one-evening show will unite art and science with an exploration of the Anthropocene, a proposed geological epoch characterized by humanity’s impact on the Earth and its ecosystems. It would end the Holocene epoch, which began almost 12,000 years ago.

"The Anthropocene has been at the heart of heated debates in the scientific community as the new label of the human epoch,” says Ng. “Additionally, many diverse art practices deal with the anthropocene in a unique manner.”

Transient will highlight the artistic perspectives of eight contemporary artists: John Ancheta, Michael Belmore, Carol Howard Donati, David McDougall, Mia Feuer, Sasha Phipps, Uta Riccius and Anna Williams.

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