March 2- 8, 2006
Isabel, Ivan, Dennis. Katrina. Names that sound as though they might belong to a distant aunt and uncle have become memories of deadly hurricanes. Whether it's global warming or something less sinister, the fact of the matter is that the last three years have brought some of the most deadly hurricanes in recent memory, and meteorologists are not the only ones who have taken notice.
A group of artists have come together for a mixed-media art exhibit at the Abington Art Center on weather and climate change. For the show, "Out of the Blue," curator Amy Lipton has put together a group of well-qualified artists to approach this topic.
Of particular note is the presence of Dawn DeDeaux, a native of New Orleans displaced after Hurricane Katrina damaged her studio. DeDeaux now lives in an Alabama tree house. She commutes into New Orleans, where she takes pictures of the devastation (such as "Shrouded Tree #1, above).
From the other side of the globe, the work of J.J. L'Heureux goes to what could be the root of the problem. The photographer, based in Venice, Calif., has spent more than five years traveling on Russian icebreakers through Antarctica. Her photography shows the glaciers untouched by humans, yet still affected by our existence and actions.
The show also features the work of the late Frank Moore, and Philadelphia-based artists Diane Burko and Eileen Neff, as well as a collection of found objects, CDs, books and other sources of influence to the artists. Out of the Blue is an exhibit of both destruction and beauty, and a timely, thought-provoking show as the world's reaction to climate change continues to evolve.
"Out of the Blue," opening reception, Sat., March 4, 3-6 p.m., exhibit runs through May 6, Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, 215-887-4882.