The Climate Gallery Announces Five Artists for Inaugural Virtual Exhibition
By: The Climate Gallery
The Climate Gallery, a project of the San Francisco-based non-profit Climate Creative, is working one-on-one with five artists to create unique, custom virtual reality spaces exhibiting their artwork in their own cultural contexts. Each artist's online space seeks to engage the global public in conversations around local environmental action. The artists will not only display their work but also perform an artist talk about their process of engaging with climate activism. To increase the staying power of the work, the spaces will be available for continued use after the exhibit by the artists and The Climate Gallery's environmental partners.
"The Climate Gallery team is ecstatic to work with Mira, Klara, David, Minori, and Rose. Each of them has a unique perspective and style that speaks to their community. We believe their work will excite and motivate attendees the way it has our team and further encourage us all to fight against climate chaos." says Logan Evasco, Project Director of The Climate Gallery.
Below are the bios of the five featured artists.
Mira Musank is a textile upcycling artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her creative garments are inspired by runway experiences from her fashion blogging days. Mira's medium is sewing, weaving, and hand embroidery.
Mira's materials of choice are pre-owned clothes, factory cut-offs, and fabric samples. These so-called "textile wastes" are actually treasures that she transforms into custom garments and home decor. She also works to redistribute rescued materials to the local community for creative reuse.
Her works of reimagining, repairing, and refashioning garments can be seen at fafafoom.com and @miramusank on Instagram. She's always looking for new channels and collaborations to expand awareness around textile overconsumption and waste. Mira and her works have been profiled in publications such as California Elegance book (Rizzoli New York) and Simply Sewing Magazine (United Kingdom).
Klara Maisch documents landscape change in oil paintings created on location. She travels to remote regions of Alaska to paint throughout the seasons. Scientific research and direct experiences with the physical forces that shape a landscape inform the visual dynamics in her work. Her current projects center around climate change in the context of specific landscapes, including areas affected by wildfire, glacier retreat, and advancing treeline. Klara's work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Alaska, California, Washington, and Hawaii. She lives and works in Fairbanks, Alaska. You can see more of her work at www.klaramaisch.com and @klaramaisch on Instagram.
David Solnit is an arts organizer, sign painter, printmaker, puppeteer, and carpenter who lives and works in Northern California.
His artwork – signs, banners, flags, puppetry, and street murals created in collaboration with social change activists and artists – has been exhibited in strikes, blockades, occupations, sit-ins, and mass marches.
He is the editor of Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World (City Lights Books).
Minori Murata is an art director and visual artist born in 1992 and based in Tokyo, Japan. Murata's practice is based on compositing, processing, and collaging. She originates high-calorie visual expressions and motion graphics videos with a large amount of information.
Murata primarily directed and produced visual art in advertising for fashion brands such as Adidas, NIKE, GAP, BEAMS, and fashion department stores such as Laforet Harajuku, PARCO and she also directed art for "Imma-ten" which was organized by imma; the world's first virtual model.
Murata was invited as an AR visual artist to exhibit at "work to eat" in NYC NFT 2022. After Murata stayed in India in 2019, she created the artwork and installation "GODS AND MOM BELIEVE IN YOU" for Stealable Art Exhibition at SAMA GALLERY. She founded "HYPE FREE WATER" with the artist KOM-I in 2020. Murata produces fictional advertisements based on environmentalism and the theme of water for visual art to inspire artivism in Tokyo.
ROSE MCADOO is a visual artist using cake as her medium for raising awareness around global issues. Her unique edible art centers around human stories and the environment, leading her to make cakes with remote populations in some of the world's most extreme environments.
Calling both poles home, Rose works as an ice climbing and helicopter glacier guide in Alaska and co-manages a NASA atmospheric research camp in Antarctica. Throughout her career, Rose's work has been layered between journeys abroad: making sweets in the desert with Kenya's Maasai tribe, alongside Congolese porters on Virunga's volcano summit, and behind bars at Los Angeles County State Prison and NYC's Rikers Correctional Facility. She recently completed a 10-day backcountry art residency with the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project and makes environmentally educated desserts in the wild using the earth as both tool and ingredient.
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The Climate Gallery (https://climate.gallery) is a non-profit virtual reality gallery featuring multi-medium pieces from a diverse group of climate-focused artists. We showcase art and artists who dare to combat the climate crisis.
Climate Creative (https://climatecreative.us) uses art, creativity, and media in all forms to illuminate the systems that perpetuate the environmental and social inequality killing us and our planet. We believe in combining creativity and environmental consciousness in a way that creates community, builds skills, and enacts change.
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