Ignite! The Art of Sustainability

August 11, 2013–January 5, 2014

Green Museums Initiative (GMI) of the California Association of Museums hosted statewide dialogues on regional ecological issues and the role museums might play in building healthy communities, both human and in nature. Contemporary artists from each region joined museum leaders, scientists, environmentalist, and community stakeholders for the daylong discussions. Ignite! The Art of Sustainability exhibits the dynamic works created by these artists based on their discussions and the issues that arose in each regional dialogue. Thirteen of California’s foremost environmental artists collaborate to communicate a heightened connection to their natural surroundings through rich imagery using a variety of media from the traditional (photographs, painting, and video) to the unconventional (smog / particulate matter on porcelain). Together, their approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on art, science, spirituality, and social justice. What emerges are the unique traits of California’s ecological regions and the range of extremes present in our state.

This exhibition is curated by Kate Davies and was organized by Exhibit Envoy in conjunction with the California Association of Museums' Green Museums Initiative and is funded by the James Irvine Foundation. It is supported by the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Image Credit:

Kim Abeles, Waiting Watching [detail], 2012. Ultrachrome digital print and DVD monitors, 96 x 144 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

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Sunday, October 6 at 3 pm | Insight Talk
Join Ignite! The Art of Sustainability artist Luke Matjas for a discussion of how his artworks combine both art and science, particularly focusing on sustainability issues in contemporary life. Also learn about the process by which he creates his work, which begins with highly detailed drawings that he then digitally manipulates and “paints.”