RISK AND THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT - CAROLINE BAGENAL, ROBERT PERKINS, KAREN PHILIPPI, & GIN STONE.
JULY 23 - AUGUST 5, 2017
*This show is a benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival. Sargent Gallery and The Fund For WIld Nature are co-sponsering the MVFF's screening of Bob Nixon's film "Sea of Hope" on July 27th, 2017, 8 PM at The Beach Plum Inn-please join us at the film!
Risk and the Marine Environment includes Caroline Bagenal's mixed media sculpture, an abstract homage to the risks that the marine environment faces due to human activity and exploitation. Three- dimensional paintings that exist as overlaid grids, woven with reeds wrapped in fine newsprint, while other strands are saturated in color, will be shown. Neon orange and electric blue paint iterate and reiterate the tools and materials that the modern fishing industry utilizes -vastplastic nets, dayglo rubber gloves, lobster traps, boats and rigging - to separate, trap, and sometimes protect us from the natural world.
Award winning writer, storyteller, filmmaker, painter, and mixed media artist, Robert Perkins, whose work is based on a lifetime of solo canoe travel in the Canadian Arctic, and around the world will be contributing to the show. Perkins has made ten documentaries for PBS in the US and the UK. He was the first Westerner to travel (legally) on the Kamchatka peninsula in the early 1990s. One critic called him the "Lou Reed of documentary film". He integrates his writing in many of the small works of art featured in the show. Many of Perkins' paintings have a primitive quality that echoes the rigor, beauty and simplicity of a solitary life in the wilderness. Perkins believes that to save the wild, the artist has to be in it.
Photographer Karen Philippi documents coastlines from all over the world. She refers to her large format photographs as paintings, which she seals with archival wax, lending a patina that also protects her evocative photographs. With rarely a landfall, the marine environment is the subject of her work, light is her paintbrush. She captures the ineffable; the invisible shore that we know is somewhere, the friction and energy of water meeting air, the movement of wind, weather, sea, and sky. Working with antique lenses on a digital base, she is often waist-deep in pounding surf and strong currents. Our threatened oceans are her oasis, a place of power, solace, and beauty.
Through their practice, both Perkins and Philippi expose themselves to risks inherent in the marine environment.
Work by other artists will be in the show, including Gin Stone's wildlife sculpture. Stone unravels reclaimed fishing nets to create skeins in faded orange, blue, cream, and red which are applied to each animal, creating a pattern that is both beautiful and anatomically correct. Stone also creates mixed-media collage and construction.