Exhibition

Melt Down

23 Mar 2019 – 9 Jun 2019

Event times

Opening Reception | Saturday, March 23, 5-7pm
Sunday Salon | Capturing Ice | Sunday, April 14, 3pm
Sunday Salon | One World | Sunday, May 5, 3pm
Sunday Salon | Arctic Residencies | Sunday, May 19, 3pm
Tuesday Talk | Arctic Observations | Tuesday, June 4, 5:30pm

Cost of entry

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 5:00-7:00pm | Free

General: $8
Seniors (65+) + Students with ID: $6
Under 18: Free
Members: Free
First Fridays (June – November) 5-8pm: Free

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Rockland
Maine, United States

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How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of climate change on the fragile environments of the Arctic and Antarctic.

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“If engaging with climate is not a matter of winning, but more a matter of character and style, then the making of art, story, and literature also becomes part of our responses.” —Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of climate change on the fragile environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. As Bruce Brown, exhibition curator states, “With increasing frequency Maine artists of all disciplines are traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic to study, observe and record the effects of climate change. Melt Down includes stunning photographs and videos by ten distinguished Maine artists whose work calls attention to one of the major ecological issues of our time.” 

Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change, they bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.

As photographer Peter Ralston states, “Climate change is obviously not a ‘hoax;’ the core questions we must all ask ourselves pertain to what extent are we actually culpable, as well as what we as a species can do about our contribution to it all. To do nothing is unconscionable.”

Melt Down is organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown.

Artists included:

John Paul Caponigro
John Eide
Ella Hudson
Jonathan Laurence
Justin Levesque
Jim Nickelson
Jan Piribeck
Peter Ralston
Shoshannah White
DM Witman

Curators

Bruce Brown

Exhibiting artists

Jan Piribeck

Jim Nickelson

John Eide

Peter Ralston

DM Witman

Jonathan Laurence

John Paul Caponigro

Ella Hudson

Shoshannah White

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