Spare Change Artist Space is proud to present Brave New World
artists responses to CLIMATE CHANGE
curated by Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov and Kathrine Worel of OFF Space
- Artist Wine and Cheese Reception for Brave New World: Thursday, September 19th at 6:00pm at Rhodes & Fletcher, LLC
- Panel Discussion: Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:45pm at The City Club of San Francisco
- Outdoor Performance “Unquenchable” by A Mused Collective: October 26th at 7:00pm in Leidesdorff Alley (between California and Pine Streets)
- Artist/Curator question and answer session: Wednesday, October 30th at 6:00pm at Rhodes & Fletcher, LLC
- Documentary Screening: Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00pm (details to follow)
The current show features an expansive body of art from around the globe that illuminates the issues and strident conversations surrounding climate change. The title, Brave New World is taken from a line in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. “O wonder!” Shakespeare wrote, “How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in it.”
Through the exhibition Brave New World, the curators ask the questions: What is the role of the artist as citizen with respect to climate change? How, when faced with the seemingly insurmountable odds of reversing the effects of a changing climate, might artists find a way to reclaim a freedom of choice for the rest of humanity?
Bringing together artists from around the world, Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov and Kathrine Worel, the organizers of the not-for-profit OFF Space showcase a variety of enlightening potentialities.
Artists participating in the exhibit include Amy Balkin, David Beck, Michael Bianco, A Mused Collective, Gioj de Marco, Alicia Escott, Angus Forbes, Alan Hopkins, Claire Jackel, Cigdem Kaya, Andreanna Michon, Barbara Milman, Emmanuelle Namount & Elyse Hochstadt, Michelle Wilson, and Kathrine Worel.
Artworks include a glacier seed bank, several video pieces exploring species survival, the impact of technology, and the essence of hope, a set of gossamer curtains sopping up petroleum until, slowly, the view through the window is completely obstructed, artists books, and an impromptu stock trader pushing her own version of carbon trade certificates. Brave New World’s artists offer an unflinching response to our feelings of helplessness and morose — they will not permit complacency.
The panel discussion on October 23rd tackles the personal finance issues connected with changes in the environment. The panelists and audience explore various ways that climate change will impact their personal spending and their capacity to save, and examine ways to stay in control even if the planet seems to be spinning out of it. The panel will be moderated by financial planner, Sean Fletcher and will include PG&E energy auditor Leanne Hoadley Bissell, California Air Quality statistician, David Fairley, personal income tax planner, Mark G. Berkman, CPA, and OFF Space curator Kathrine Worel.