vita est sanctus
This idea, or rather these ideas, conceived of a few years ago as a curatorial project highlighting alternative energy, art/recycle projects and gardening/plant life, address issues of importance that must be faced if we are all to live happily on this planet. Since the time that this idea was generated, many people everywhere are addressing these issues which has taken from some of my urgency to do so in this format.
All that said, I have come to believe that the transformation of our culture into makers rather than consumers is vital. This does not mean massive industrial projects, rather, the contemplative and craft traditions of art, which quiet the baser urges that seem sometimes to have taken over this world.
I am a painter. The amount of self over coming that is required to do anything thing that is of interest to me is what I perceive as my calling. And so I make these relatively modest spaces, which it is my hope, share this singular view of life, larger options and new possibilities, with my viewer as they do for me.
I was able to open my first painting studios with my proceeds as a designer. And so, with this project, I hoped to explore and promote new ways of living by designing them. It is with a relief that is tinged with sadness that I return to the painting studio and its neccessary tasks exclusively.
Here are some of the ideas I hoped to implement in the community, some of which have happened, here and many other places also, for this project 3-4 years ago.
Since then, I have started a vegetable garden, and there are numerous gardening groups and gardens here and everywhere that are new. Life is not art, though of higher priority for sure, so gardening is more in the nature of raising children than creating art.
I still would like to see MANY more community art centers, all within walking distance, all over the place. I have said elsewhere that it would do us much good to transform the world into an art retreat, taking it back from the war profiteers and those insane with greed.
Nacho Zamora does some very cool things with solar art works, and of course I loved seeing my home town bridge in San Francisco lit up with LED lights.
Very masterful recycle work/paintings are being done by an african american, one Thornton Dial and the wall hangings of African artist El Anatsui of bottle caps and cans are exquisite. Of course there are others, these are the two that stand out in my mind today.
And so, here are the original notes for this project.
vita est sanctus, about a revolution in values, title inspired by the teachings of Dr King
Originally conceived as a model for the propagation of multiple community art sites, this exhibition has evolved into an exhibition more generally affirmative of the forthcoming change in values, through the vehicles of ART. This exhibition will work partly as a model, partly as a method of engagement, and also importantly as an affirmation of community collaborations, as inspirations and processes. The exhibition will feature, but not be confined to, installations powered by solar energy, which will engage artists, scientists, and electrical engineers, secondly indoor gardens combining art & agriculture, in collaborations with sustainability groups and other educational entities, and thirdly the recycling of waste into fine art, expanded through collaboration with the local waste management system. This element is part of a larger process of diverting materials from the waste stream into design and art.
We advocate for a culture that values life as sacred, and the reestablishment of that value as primary in the culture through forthcoming art/curatorial projects promoting these ideals. We advocate for replacing the outmoded consumer culture presently in place, with one of ART, accessible to all, partly through the proliferation of and establishment of art/recycle/research centers in every neighborhood nationally, as part of our neccessary societal healing, through this and other exhibitions and new exhibition models congruent with these themes, and to promote the growth of art access and spaces in local communities, and promotion and implementation of art projects in collaborations with local governments, businesses and educational entities.
And so the preparatory work in putting this project together, in addition to traditional curatorial practices, also includes soliciting collaborations with solar power technicians, community garden projects, educational orgs, and communication with local waste management systems. The original inspiration for this project is the RECOLOGY artist residency in San Francisco, and this will be referenced as a model for related projects.
ANON SERVICES for Art and Ecology has a three part strategy for implementing its long term mission. First to divert materials from the waste stream into design and art, using forthcoming curatorial projects & actions and also presentation of Art consonant with promotion of a new value system that reverences Life. Thirdly, we seek to integrate art more deeply into the sustainability and resource needs of small local communities by artistically directed curatorial projects. As waste production becomes obsolete, the spaces formerly dedicated to these activities will be transformed into community art & resource centers.
ANON Services claims inspiration from the work of Bob Rauschenberg, Bruce Conner, Loise Nevelson and Joseph Beuys, the first two of which have featured in Virginia’s previous curatorial projects. We seek to integrate art more fully into the needs of small local communities by artistically directed curatorial projects, integration of gardening as an art process in local neighborhoods, and the institution of free after school studio project spaces in every community nationally, as investment strategies in the well being of local populations. A “Revolution in Values” is the first exhibition of ANON Services, promoting these actions.
ANON Services is founded by painter Virginia Bryant, presently based in Naples Florida, San Francisco installation artist Seymour Riffle, and Philomela Rowe, fabric artist, based in Eugene Oregon. We seek to expand art practices outside conventional systems while working with them, to promote positive outcomes in a time we see as a crisis and more importantly, of great opportunity for positive change. “A Revolution In Values” is being curated by Virginia Bryant and Philomela Rowe.
Imagery selected for this proposal presentation are “PINK”, by Seymour Riffle, “BABY ICON” by Julie Araujo- Naples Florida, “UNTITLED-RECYCLED” by Leslie Martin Dempsey, Seattle Washington and “PRAYER” by Barbara Lui MacDonald, San Francisco.