Nina Felshin, curator of exhibitions at the Ezra and Cecile Gallery, introduces the exhibit, "Global Warning: Artists and Climate Change," during an opening night reception May 1. The purpose of "Global Warning" is to increase awareness of climate change through challenging content that is laced with poetry and aesthetic power. Included in the show are works in a variety of media from the past three decades by Included in the exhibition are works by Marion Belanger, Nancy Cohen, Lenore Malen, Eve Mosher, Katie Shelly, Frances Whitehead, and students from Wesleyan's Architecture Research-Design-Build Studio taught by Elijah Huge.
Lenore Malen and The New Society for Universal Harmony presented a mixed medium sculptural installation titled "Harmony as a Hive" and two video projections titled "The Dance Language of the Bees" and "I Am the Animal." "Harmony as a Hive" explores the ancient relationship of bees to human society in view of recent threats to the world’s bee population by globalization and climate change. The videos touch on the relationship of the honeybee to our terrestrial ecosystem.
Artist Nancy Cohen presented her lyrical sculptural installation, "Estuary: Moods and Modes," designed with handmade paper and wire. It represents the vast quiet landscape of the Mullica River and the Great Bay Estuary and the fragility of life.
Katie Shelly '09 spoke about her work titled "Bottled," made of glass perfume bottles. Found in a dumpster behind a New Jersey cosmetics plant, these tiny perfume bottles "are placed out of order and out of context, invading the gallery space." (Photos by Alexandra Portis '09)