All art installations will take place at Fair Park From April 20-22.
Art Installation by Jetsonorama
For the past 26 years, physician Chip Thomas has treated patients at a low-cost clinic on the Navajo Nation. He has also found an equal passion in pursuing a more immediate relationship with his community by reflecting back to them some of the beauty they have shared with him through street art photography created under the nameJetsonorama that is focused on social and environmental justice. Thomas’ black-and-white portraits of Navajo people adorn water tanks, abandoned barns, and any other surface he can find throughout the southwest. While Thomas, 56, has gained worldwide recognition for his images, he forgoes a full-time art career for the one he has treating his patients. “Both are attempting to restore balance and create beauty,” he says of his medical practice and artwork. “One just happens to be more fun.”
Jetsonorama will create a 15×20 art wall at EarthX depicting a young girl in his community raking corn, in collaboration with artist Nick Mann from Seattle. He will incorporate the words of Winona LaDuke, an environmentalist, economist, and writer known for her work on tribal land claims and sustainable development, into the piece.
Carving visions of Earth – BlockPrinting Workshop
April 20-22, 2-5 p.m. Free. Click here to sign up. Limited to 30 people per workshop.
Lead by printmaker/artist Thea Gahr of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
In this engaging three-hour workshop, learn how to use the expressive visual medium of blockprinting to amplify your vision for the continuum of life on earth. Learn how to create an effective design, work with carving tools, and skillfully print your own linoleum block in a space conducive to conversing about our hopes and dreams for participating in the restoration of land, water, air, and human relationship with earth.
Art in Action: Live Silkscreening
April 20-22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., drop in.
Interactive silkscreen demonstration; bring a T-shirt and walk away with an image. We will also be giving away silkscreened posters.
Isaac “Izka” Davies
A multi-disciplinary artist, Izk Davies has mainly passed on the gallery scene in favor of making a living with public murals. Davies is bringing his preference for public art to EarthX by highlighting the impact plastic has on the environment and on the wildlife that roams the earth. By stretching plastic around trees or posts in 3D art installations, Davies brings the plight of three endangered species to our attention. We invite EarthX attendees to view the creation in progress.
In partnership with Ndaba Mandela and the Africa Rising Foundation
During EarthX, an African Landscape exhibition will be erected. Through the generous donation from the collection of Ndaba Mandela as chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, it will feature the artwork of Elaine Mata (referred to as MatA? as an artist and designer). MatA? is a South African artist who is known for her work on the African Cycad and the mythology of her work surrounding The Rain Queen Modjadji. Mata explains that all her work is “based on humanity’s impact on the Earth and the survival of its roots,” a homage to EarthX’s purpose and initiatives. Mata’s most stunning tribute to the African Cycad, a tree which has survived since prehistoric times and represents the sustainability of life, is shown below as a dedicated piece alongside the other donated works.
The works will be available for purchase through auction. 50% of the proceeds will go to EarthX and 50% will go to Africa Rising Foundation.
Impact: Humans & Birds in Dallas
Right in front of our eyes, the natural environment is being reshaped. Glaciers are melting at a rapid pace, loss of sea ice is threatening the polar bear population, and many species of North American birds are considered endangered due to shifting weather patterns and uncertainty involving prey and habitat. A sense of urgency — expressed by a growing “see it before it’s gone” outlook — is settling in among a population realizing that climate change isn’t a future prospect, but a present-day reality. For Dallasites, the moment could be now to consider future impacts on the area’s most significant natural resources, the Great Trinity Forest and Trinity River. These photographs convey the natural history of a Trinity River that not only serves as a migratory freeway and home for a multitude of birds, but also a home to humans.