With support from NEA "BioArt in an Industrial Wasteland," NY State Museum and the Arts Department, School of Humanaties, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“Ecological Interventions” features two internationally renowned environmental artists who care deeply about our ecology and our future: Brandon Ballengée (US) and Oliver Kellhammer (Canada). Their projects explore how we as citizens of the world can change our environmental impact.
This exhibition shows photographic evidence of their experiments and explorations. Ballangée has been working with aquatic systems, rivers, streams, and swamps to look at the biodiversity of our waterways and how to repair and deal with pollutants. Kellhammer is a permaculturist who has worked for years to plant the earth with remediating vegetation.
Kellhammer and Ballengée have a mission to help us all learn how to interact with our environments, and look for signs of damage to aid in the repair that is necessary. Both artists are determined to teach citizens to become scientific investigators able to change their local eco-system.
More about the artists:
Brandon Ballengée is a visual artist, biologist and environmental activist based in New York. He creates interdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been looking at developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians.
Oliver Kellhammer is a land artist and botanist, permaculture teacher, activist, and writer. Through his botanical interventions and public art projects, he seeks to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape. It continues to evolve and has taken various forms such as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture, and the restoration of eroded railway ravines.