Searching for Meaning @ GRO
Searching For Meaning, an exhibition of the global art intervention, Extraction: Art at the Edge of the Abyss
Gallery Route One
Point Reyes Station, California
April 3–May 9, 2021
This exhibition explores climate change and the impacts of extracting resources from the earth not only on the global ecosystem but also human ecology. As humans navigate this new changing world environment, we find ourselves searching for meaning. Juror Dana Harris Seeger asks “If we can create the meaning that we all search for, how will we exemplify that? What will it look like?”
Participating Artists Include: Rhiannon Alpers, Arturo Araujo, Megan Broughton, Israel Campos, Jen Cole, Holly Downing, Beth Fein, Barbara Foster, Lola Fraknoi, Karen Gallagher-Iverson, Susan Howe, Joanna Kidd, Evelyn Klein, Danguole Rita Kuolas, Kent Manske, Mary V. Marsh, Hj Mooij, Margaret Niven, Janis O’Driscoll, Michael O’Shea, Luz Marina Ruiz, Robynn Smith, Maryly Snow, Jane Springwater, Jack Stone, Jami Taback, Summer Ventis, Donna Westerman, Millie Whipplesmith Plank, Nanette Wylde, Linda Yoshizawa.
Searching for Meaning, Juror Statement:
Searching for meaning. That is what artists do. We take the world around us: observations, events, experiences and we extract from that our existing worldview, or sometimes place upon it a new view. A view looking down from above, looking down over the edge. This past year we have all been searching for meaning in a pandemic, in political upheaval and social strife. There will come a time when we will no longer be in the present, when we will be looking at the past, at all that has happened, and the art created during this time. How will we see our shared experiences? How will we form a new view? This exhibit is an opportunity to take a step back, to stand on the edge and look over into the unknown. If we can create the meaning that we all search for, how will we exemplify that? What will it look like?
About the Juror:
Dana Harris Seeger is a painter, printmaker and educator. She holds an MFA from San Jose State University and has taught at colleges and universities as well as private institutions all over the United States. Harris Seeger is Co-founder and current Program Director of the School of Visual Philosophy in San Jose, California, an organization she co-created in 2014. She has been a member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2011. Dana was named one of KQED’s inaugural 10 Bay Area Women to Watch in 2016 and the SVCreates Artist Laureate for 2020.
Artists’ Statements and Bios
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