Map Nerding. It was a treat to work with the ESRI Story Map team on this online piece. My story map features a variety of recent place-based art and design work including maps, plus collaborative work with Harvard Forest, Pennie Taylor, and Hoosic River Revival. This piece is part of ESRI’s new (BETA still) Art of Where initiative. See the feature here.
Art in Design Residency. I’ll be giving a public talk at Sasaki Associates on Wednesday, June 19th at 12PM. The artist talk will kick off a summer residency at the interdisciplinary design firm where I’ll develop an outdoor installation with the staff. Other residency happenings including workshops, fabrication experiments, and a Sasaki Gallery exhibition. The show, titled "Community Nature; People, Place, and Practice," is open to the public from 9 to 5, M-F, through August. Feels good to be back.
WIld Group Show. Honored to have work in upcoming "Welcome to West Weird” exhibition to launch latest @tetonartlab residency space. Show will open new location (105 E. Broadway, Jackson, WY) and feature work from a variety of Teton Art Lab alum. Exhibition runs June 20 to July 13. Artists Jave Yoshimoto, Erick Nelson, Taryn Boals, Travis Walker, Katy Fox, David Buckley Borden, Jack Holmer, June Glasson, Carly Glovinksi and Ben Roth will all contribute. #tetonartlab #weirdwest #jacksonWY #sayhitoGwen
Limited-edition companion print for Warming Warning public art installation at Harvard University is now available for online purchase. Signed and numbered, four-color silkscreen print with split-fountain gradient on 18” x 24” archival 100lb white French paper, 2019. Edition of 24. Printed in collaboration with Trifecta Editions. Purchase print here.
It has been quite the creative adventure participating in the Now + There Public Art Accelerator Program this year. It has been an incredibly productive exploration of the public art landscape in Boston. You can learn about my experience with this hands-on artist program here.
I am pleased to announce the publication of a new journal article in The Goose. This co-authored journal article with Aaron Ellison at the Harvard Forest is part of a special issue on environmental art and activism . Our intent with the article was to raise the question of whether ecological art must be action-oriented, not to answer the question in the affirmative or not. Our Hemlock Hospice exhibition was decidedly not action-oriented, whereas our Warming Warning piece suggested action. The impetus for our paper was a question from our colleagues at Harvard’s Project Zero as to whether providing a finite set of possible actions in Warming Warning (or any other ecological art with intent to provoke action) constrains people’s options for action (including non-action).
Read the journal article here.
I am excited to present a new public talk, “Novel Ecosystems,” with Dr. Aaron Ellison at the upcoming Boston Society of Landscape Architects Conference at Northeastern University on May 22nd. Full event details including list of speakers available here. All are welcome to conference.
UNTOLD POSSIBILITIES AT THE LAST MINUTE
Climate Change Exhibit Offers Glimpses Of Our Warmer Future: New Foods, Melting Ice, Cooling Roofs
On View: May 20 to Oct. 4, 2019.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.,
Local artists explore the state of climate change today in “Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute,” an exhibition on view at Cambridge Arts’ Gallery 344 from May 20 to Oct. 4, 2019. An opening reception will be held in the gallery at 344 Broadway, Cambridge, on Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring music and poetry at 6:30 p.m. plus tastings of foods for our warmer future.
Scientists, governments and policy makers have struggled to convey the urgency of climate change. “Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute” presents local artists working to spread the message of what is coming, adaptions we can make now to reduce climate change, and how we can prepare for a warmer future. Learn more at untoldpossibilities.org.
Featured artists, writers, musicians and culinary artists include Matthew Battles, David Buckley Borden, Class Action, Aaron M. Ellison, Gap Dynamics, Amanda Gorman, Keith Hartwig, Dietmar Offenhuber, Laura Perovich, Thomas Starr, Jean Wilcox, Baravena Foods, Aeronaut Brewing Company, Gus Rancatore of Toscanini’s, Nate Phinisee, and Clover Food Lab. The exhibition is a collaboration of Cambridge Arts, City of Cambridge Community Development Department and Harvard University's Office of Sustainability.
I’m excited to spend a few weeks prospecting (projects, not fool’s gold) in the PNW starting April 15th. In addition to a residency at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, I’ll be giving a variety of public talks and workshops. Reach out and say “hello” in person.
4/16 - Clark College, Vancouver, WA
4/17 - Metro (hosted by ASLA Oregon), Portland, OR
4/18 - Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
4/29 - University of Oregon, College of Design, Eugene, OR
5/5 - Chrysalis Symposium, Corvallis, OR
I’m looking forward to speaking at Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects on Wednesday, March 13th at 6:30PM. I’ll be presenting my Hybrid Vigor talk. This particular presentation will be geared towards landscape architects/designers and others interested in using a combination of art, design, and ecology as a public engagement tool for landscape stewardship and ecology-minded decision making.
Event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
I’ll be a writer-in-residence at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest this April as part of the Long Term Ecological Research Site Reflections program at the Spring Creek Project. Beyond working on an artist book for fall publication I’ll be exploring opportunities for project work in the greater Portland area. As part of my program I’ll be giving a series of public talks and workshops in Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis. If interested in hosting a talk, you can find booking details including talk abstracts here.
As several ambitious projects come to a close this fall, I look forward to new opportunities in 2019.
I’m excited to report that I will be participating in Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator program. This incubator-type program provides six local artists with training, mentorship, and funding to create a community-driven public art project in the city of Boston this summer/fall. I have yet to line up a community partner or site, but am open to ideas. So, please reach out.
I’ll continue to work with Dr. Aaron Ellison at the Harvard Forest to produce a publication about our collaborative art-based science communication projects. The book with be project archive, design case study, and critical essay on our arts-science collaborations including Hemlock Hospice and Warming Warning. One can read a sample of our co-authored writings in the October issue of SciArt Magazine and a SocArXiv preprint for our chapter in the upcoming Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies.
My public speaking engagements and workshops continue to play an ever expanding role in my practice. This year included over 30 public talks/tours starting with my Hybrid Vigor presentation at the New Directions in American Landscapes conference in Philadelphia. The year concluded with a talk for educators with Dr. Aaron Ellison, entitled Environmental Art: Reflection, Provocation, and Action at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero.
In response to requests, I’ve developed three new talks for 2019 including a professional development talk for students and recent graduates which uses my career track as an example of creating an intentional self-directed interdisciplinary practice. The talk is not a stereotypical “how-to” career advice presentation, but an empowering, yet cautionary, conversation about creative growth and self-determination. Interested in hosting a talk or workshop at your organization? Click here for lecture abstracts and availability.
A Big, Red, and Shiny thank you to Karolina Hac and Leah Triplett Harrington. I appreciate Karolina's thoughtful interview about the recent Warming Warning installation. Read about the project origins, goals, benefits, audience response, and more on Big Red & Shiny.
New artwork, and recent work from Triple Decker Ecology and Harvard Forest projects, has been added to the Mercantile section of website. New work for sale includes Wetland Command Flag (silkscreened canvas, brass grommets, and thread. 18 x 24 inches, 2018. Edition of 13), a collaboration with Helen Popinchalk of Trifecta Editions.
I am excited to be part of a “creature double feature” on December 1st at the Somerville Museum. I’ll present the new Hemlock Hospice documentary and Mary E. Lewey and Avi Paul Weinstein, will present Picturing Consequences, a collaborative mixed-media video installation that playfully imagines the oddities we create in our own environment. This happening is the final public event of this community art show so be prepared to celebrate this remarkable exhibition with curator Pennie Taylor and the rest of the collaborators. Event is 6-9PM.
I’m grateful for the feature by Colin Durant in the Harvard Gazette this week. In addition to the thoughtful review, the article includes some remarkable time-lapse captures of the installation on a bright sunny October day. Read the piece here.
I’m honored to participate in Now + There’s 2019 Public Art Accelerator program. I can hardly wait to get started.
A bit about the program In the words of Now and There’s Lean Triplett Harrington:
“Can we change the way Boston creates public art? Over the last year, we've been trying to do just that. With 2018's pilot program, the Public Art Accelerator, Now + There partnered with six Boston-based artists and communities from East Boston to Roxbury. Artists and communities worked collaboratively to present engaging, interactive, and temporary artworks. As they developed projects particular to neighborhoods around Boston, Now + There provided curatorial, technical, and financial support. We learned, we laughed, and together, we made art and shared experiences.
We’re excited to continue learning, growing, and supporting Boston’s artists and communities and humbled to announce the second year of Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator, generously funded by Joyce Linde. In 2018, Linde quietly fostered our own growth by supporting our pilot year of the Accelerator. We’re deeply grateful for her commitment to Boston artists and communities.
We can't wait to start working with David Buckley Borden, Pat Falco, Samantha Fields, Dell Hamilton, Cat Mazza, and Daniela Rivera to continue changing the way Boston creates--and lives with--public art. These artists are working through a variety of issues that affect Boston and beyond, from climate change to affordable housing and social equality.
Like their predecessors, the 2019 cohort will receive hands-on coaching from concept to (permitted!) completion. These artists represent many different backgrounds and sensibilities and work in a range of media. Each is deeply dedicated to Boston and its neighborhoods, and is committed to sharing their work with the people across our city.
The Accelerator supports people, not just projects, equipping local artists with the skills they need to make meaningful public art for Boston audiences. The six artists comprising the 2019 cohort were among twenty-seven nominated by Boston-area curators and were selected by a panel of public art experts and practitioners including Karin Goodfellow, Ekua Holmes, Beth Kantrowitz, and Cher Krause Knight. We’re excited to accelerate the possibilities of public art in 2019!”
- Leah Triplett Harrington
Join Aaron Ellison and I at these upcoming events focused on Warming Warming and climate change action.
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30PM
Novel Ecosystem Viewfinders, artist talk with David Buckley Borden and Aaron M Ellison
Le Laboratoire, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA
Monday, November 19, 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Meet the Artists On-site, one-on-one discussions with artists David Buckley Borden and Aaron M Ellison.
Harvard Science Center Plaza
1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, December 1, 6:00-9:00PM
Hemlock Hospice Documentary screening with introduction by David Buckley Borden
Picturing Consequences, a mixed-media projection installation by Mary Lewey and Avi Paul Weinstein
At Triple Decker Ecology exhibition
1 Westwood Rd, Somerville, MA
More info: http://www.somervillemuseum.org/
Thursday, December 6, 12:00PM
Environmental Art: reflection, provocation, and action, artist talk for educators with David Buckley Borden and Aaron M Ellison
Project Zero/Harvard Graduate School of Education
Longfellow Building, 4th floor
13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA
More info to come
I always sign up for fun. It made me happy to create this new Hotel Studio Allston installation. The Land New England installation celebrates Boston landscapes ranging the Boston Harbor Islands to the Emerald Necklace with a spirited interior featuring prints, wallpaper supergraphics, and two dozen speculative-design sculptures ranging from "landy joy sticks" to "climate-change marshalling wands."
Hotel Studio Allston is located at 1234 Soldiers’ Field Road, Boston, MA. If interested in spending a night in Land New England, ask for the DBB Suite (RM 401).
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Liz, Emily, and Madeline of Isenberg Projects on this installation.