This exquisitely designed book documents an exhibition organized by Arkansas’s Walton Arts Center in conjunction with Artosphere, an annual regional festival (May 4 – September 30, 2017) that celebrates artists influenced by nature.
During the last decade, Philadelphia based artist Diane Burko has been documenting the disappearance of glaciers in large-scale series of paintings and photographs developed in close collaboration with glaciologists. In this symbiotic relationship, the artist wants her work to accurately reflect the science and the urgency of climate change, and the scientists want the artist’s help in communicating their findings to the public.
“It was no longer just about painting beautiful landscapes, but it was about figuring out a way to talk through my language of paint about this most urgent issue for our time, and for the future.” Burko asserts in an interview with Benjamin Orlove, Director, Graduate Program in Climate and Society, Columbia University:
The 40 pieces reproduced in this book are recent projects inspired by expeditions to the polar regions. In addition, it contains an introduction by the Walton Art’s Center curator Andrea Packard; an analysis of Burko’s work in relation to the history of glacial imagery, written by William Fox, the Director of the Art and Environment Center of the Nevada Museum of Art; and insightful commentary by Carter Ratcliff who followed the artist’s career as it developed over many years. He highlights her most recent project, The Elegy Series, which is featured on both the front and back covers, saying that:
In her view, they are not abstract but referential— reflections of concerns she has been feeling with increasing intensity for nearly a decade…. With these new works…Burko heightens our awareness of the world’s deepening predicament. And as she presents the facts about climate change, they don’t merely accumulate. Embraced by the artist’s imagination and ours, they amplify one another. They take on the luminous urgency of truth.
Publication date: Spring 2017
Size: 10.5 in x 9 in
Pages: 76, hardcover
Images: 90+ images in full color
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Diane Burko has placed herself at the intersection of science and art, imparting imaginative and emotional dimensions to the statistics on climate change. An exhibition (May 5-September 30, 2017) at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville AR featuring work from the past decade, will be accompanied by this exquisite book, reproducing 40 photographs, prints, and paintings -- urgent reminders of the vanishing beauty and peril of a warming planet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just announced 2016 was the warmest year on record.
Since the 1970s Burko’s work has evolved from photographing and painting monumental landscapes to documenting glacial recession, using the power of art to capture its reality. Joining expeditions in Svalbard, Norway, Argentina, Greenland, and Antarctica, she has seen firsthand the rapid transformation of landscapes essential to life on earth. Her creative response, represented in these pages, compels us to take notice and take action. This book is comprised of both her photography and painting.
Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Diane Burko participates in a panel discussion sparked by the exhibition: Discovering Art in Philadelphia, Treasures from Private Collections, Mar 30 – Aug 12, 2017, at The Union League of Philadelphia
University of the Arts
sponsored by STEM to STEAM: Examining Primary Sources from the Library of Congress & Local Collections
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Clean Air Council
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
I am an artist devoted to communicating issues of climate change through my practice. For the past decade, I’ve been documenting the dramatic disappearance of glaciers in large-scale series of paintings and photographs developed in close collaboration with glaciologists. It’s a symbiotic relationship: I want my work to accurately reflect the science and the urgency of climate change, and they want me to help them explain their science to the public through my art.
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