January 13 - February 26, 2018
SPACE 151 presents: Living Proof: flora, fauna, & fossil fuels - a show curated by Shirley Watts.This is a part of the Natural Discourse series.
Please join us for an intimate talk and performance by David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees and the artist Sasha Petrenko
Saturday January 27th 4-7pm
David is one of our favorite writers and we are thrilled that he will collaborate with Sasha whose Lessons from the Forest part III is in the Living Proof: flora, fauna & fossil fuels exhibit. Listen to Sasha's recent interview on Art Crush at KALX here Doors will open at 4 pm for a curator's tour of Living Proof: flora, fauna & fossil fuels. The talk and performance will start at 5 pm followed by a reception with our speakers.
David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. His latest book, The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors (Viking, 2017), examines the many ways that trees and humans are connected. His first book, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Viking, 2012), was winner of the National Academies’ Best Book Award for 2013, finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature, runner-up for the 2013 PEN E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and winner, in its Chinese translation, of the 2016 Shenzheng Dapeng Nature Writing Award.
Sasha Petrenko is a California based interdisciplinary artist, educator and Artistic Director of The New Urban Naturalists. Her work utilizes sculpture, performance, prose and new media to draw parallels between ecology and human relationships. Petrenko’s projects have been featured widely at national and international venues including the Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, the Lab, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young Museum of San Francisco, the University of California, Berkeley, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center for Performance in New York, Oberpflalzer-Kunstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany and at Kulturfolger in Zurich Switzerland. She is an adjunct lecturer at Sonoma State and San Francisco State University and runs a one--woman woodworking business in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden' is an ongoing series of symposia, publications, and site-specific art installations that explores the connections between art, architecture, and science within the framework of botanical gardens and natural history museums. Artists: Sharon Beals, Kevin Cooley, Laura Cooper, Shane DuBay, Mia Feuer, Carl Fuldner, James Griffith, Roger Hangarter, Jenny Kendler, Allison Kudla, Philip Andrew Lewis, Denise Newman, Sasha Petrenko, Gail Wight, & Nami Yamamoto