RED ROVER’s next installation by Colleen Flanigan debuts at Last Thursday August 25th on Alberta Street

August 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

  

Join Art on Alberta in viewing its mobile art gallery, RED ROVER, during Last Thursday on Northeast Alberta Street this Thursday, August 25, 2011. Each month the trailer presents artwork from local artists. This month’s featured artist, Colleen Flanigan, will showcase an installation simulating a Biorock® reef ecosystem in the unique space on public display through September.

    • WHO: Colleen Flanigan
    • WHAT: Living Sea Sculpture: Contemporary Art as Coral Refuge
    • WHEN: Last Thursday
      August 25, 2011, 5pm to 9pm
    • WHERE: Art on Alberta’s RED ROVER, a mobile art gallery
      “Art Square” sponsored by Radio Room
    • 1130 Northeast Alberta Street (across the street from Radio Room) Portland, OR 97211

With the help of artists from Gossamer Fiber Arts, Ms. Flanigan crocheted corals and felted fish to create art as ecology. Also on exhibit is a 1:12” scale model of the Living Sea Sculpture built for the Museo Subacautico de Arte in Cancun. This installation in the RED ROVER roving gallery space may be viewed during Last Thursday (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm) at 1130 Northeast Alberta Street.

On September 20th RED ROVER will make its way to the Mission Theater & Pub at 1624 NW Glisan Street for OMSI’s Science Pub where Colleen will present Living Sea Sculpture: Contemporary Art as Coral Refuge. Thereafter, the exhibit may be seen through September 26 on Northeast 19th Avenue between Going and Wygant Streets.

Artist Statement

How can art play a central role in solving our ecological problems? By moving the paradigm from “art about ecology” to “art as ecology,” and giving voice and form to science and solutions.  With Biorock® mineral accretion, scientific inquiry and engineering meet with emotion, compassion, and composition to provide coral life support, shore protection, and marine habitat.  Years of jewelry and mixed-media sculpture making, plus a exploration with electroforming and gardening, led Flanigan to discover this creative niche.  In this installation, Flanigan simulates a Biorock® reef ecosystem.  The crocheted corals and felted fish are by artists and crafters through Gossamer Fiber Arts.  Also in the exhibit is Flanigan’s 1:12″ scale model of the Living Sea Sculpture built for the Museo Subacautico de Arte (MUSA) in Cancun.  You can see a video of her process and work here.

Colleen Flanigan

Visual, performing, and environmental artist

Currently living in Portland, Oregon, and raised along the Monterey Peninsula in California, Colleen Flanigan has been listening to the ocean tide for much of her life.  Her background is in design, jewelry, steel sculptures, conceptual and interactive mixed media, and ball-and-socket armatures for stop-motion animation (including for the LAIKA feature movie, “Coraline.”) Through her socio-ecological alter egos, Miss Snail Pail and Amphitrite, Flanigan has joined the voices defending our natural resources as an interventionist artist. The documentary, “On the Trail with Miss Snail Pail” has been screened at four environmental film festivals since 2009. As Amphitrite, goddess of the sea, Flanigan leads coral restoration re-enactments. Working with an international team in Cancun this summer, she built a steel sculpture inspired by DNA for the underwater Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA). Colleen is in the first class of TED Senior Fellows.

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