The Art of All Possibilities is an interdisciplinary exhibition in conceptual and visual conversation with the scientific research, architecture and culture of Biosphere 2. The exhibition will open on November 17, 2012 and will feature works by internationally acclaimed artists Fritz Buehner (Boston, MA and Lubec, MN), Melo Dominguez (Tucson, AZ), Morgan Schwartz (Providence, RI), Ellen Skotheim (Tucson, AZ), Bently Spang (Billings, MT) and Mary Ellen Strom, (Boston, MA and Basin, MT).
The artists’ projects will be installed at numerous sites in Biosphere 2 from the desert to the lung and will include video projections, sound works, sculpture and performance. The exhibition’s title borrows from the name of the theater group that inhabited Biosphere 2’s first mission in 1991, “The Theater of All Possibilities”.
Art Lab Border Biosphere Exploration was founded through the Rillito River Project to bring together leading artists and educators with scientists and researchers to explore the Sonoran Desert Bioregion and be inspired by the unique environment that surrounds them at the Biosphere 2 and Tumamoc Hill Research Station in Tucson, Arizona, and Cuenca los Ojos’ El Coronado Ranch in Pearce, Arizona. Artist participants learn about how climate change is impacting the environment along the international border region of Southern Arizona, and they create artwork in response. Their work is then presented on the Rillito River Project website, www.RillitoRiverProject.org and in related exhibits and presentations.
Biosphere 2 is located about 30 miles north of Tucson. Go to their website for more information: http://www.b2science.org/
Mel’s beautiful & powerful “Baja Arizona” painting (see below) is now on display at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library (lobby area on 1st floor) through November 30, 2012. (This large mural-like painting was first part of a Fall,2011 to Spring,2012 border show at the University of Arizona Museum of Art). Six other paintings by Mel are on display during regular library hours, 101 N. Stone Ave. See more at her artist website, www.melodominguez.com. Her art is for sale, so contact her at email@example.com.
I went to the Nov. 7 reception of her Main library art show and particularly enjoyed another print entitled “Arizona Highway” which cleverly depicts bus riders, workers computing, border crossers, an ICE agent, banned Mexican American books.