Jane Ingram Allen, Curator of the Keelung International Marine Environmental Art Project, is happy to announce the selected artists for the second year of this eco-art project at the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology in Keelung, Taiwan.
The artists selected for 2016 are:
Ester Fabregat – Spain
Patrick Demazeau – France
Piotr Wesolowski – Poland
Regine Neumann – Germany/Canada
Steve McPherson – UK
Tsuneo Sekiguchi – Japan
Yi-shiuan Li – Taiwan
These 7 artists, 6 foreigners and 1 Taiwanese, were selected from 165 applications by artists from 49 different countries. The applications were reviewed by Allen and finalists selected for this 25-day residency in Taiwan to create site-specific environmental artworks that fit the theme for 2016 “Envisioning the Future of Our Oceans”. Since this is an environmental art project the selected works will be created with recycled and natural materials found in Keelung and exhibited for 6 months or more at selected outdoor sites around the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, in Keelung City at the fishing village of Badouzi on the northeast coast of Taiwan.
Ester Fabregat from Spain will create an installation titled “Keelung Air Swimmers” made from recycled plastic bags suspended on tall bamboo poles that will “swim” in the ocean breezes of Keelung. Her installation will help to raise awareness about the air/winds of Keelung and also about the pollution caused by so many plastic bags.
Patrick Demazeau from France will create an installation of giant brooms from all natural materials collected in Keelung that will be sited on the beach near the Museum to raise awareness about the need to clean up the ocean waters and the seashores around the world, sweeping away the trash and pollution that threatens our oceans.
Piotr Wesolowski from Poland will create a large sculpture titled “Horizon” that is made from bamboo and other natural materials including recycled fabric. He invites viewers to come inside the sculpture construction to feel the space and the contrast between the hard structure outside and the softer changing inside of his installation.
Regine Neumann, from Germany and now living in Canada, will create a large sculpture of natural materials and recycled white fabric that is titled “Just the Tip of the Iceberg” to raise awareness about the melting polar icecaps and global warming’s effect on the word’s oceans. This artwork introduces a fanciful “iceberg” on the land of the tropical coast of Keelung.
Steve McPherson from the UK will create a sculpture installation of 46 Markers that are like buoys or flags used for warning ships or indicating important fishing sites. His artwork “Markers” will be installed around the large outdoor plaza at the Museum, and the flags with images and words will be created with community input to raise awareness about the amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans (estimated today at 46,000 pounds of plastic litter per square mile).
Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan will create a large sculpture titled “Keelung Rainbow Hut” that will be a spherical bamboo structure with a bench inside for viewers to sit and contemplate while rainbows flash onto the walls, created by sunlight reflected off recycled mirrors placed in a pool of water he makes just outside the “rainbow hut”. Rainbows can be made with sea water or fresh water, and the purity of the water will make the rainbows brighter to remind us of the need to preserve our water resources.
Yi-shiuan Li from Taiwan will create a multi-part installation called “Sea Creature Gods” that will be sited on pedestals coming down a stairway from the mountain top near the Museum to the oceanside. The “gods” are made from a natural stucco of sand, ground sea shells, sticky rice and straw and have a bamboo framework. The various sized sculptures in the installation will remind visitors to take care of the many creatures in the sea.
We would like to thank all of the artists who submitted proposals for the Keelung International Marine Environmental Art Project in 2016, and we invite everyone to keep looking at this Blog to see more about the selected artists and what they will create for the 2016 art project at the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology in Keelung, Taiwan, from May 12 to June 6, 2016. Comments and Questions are also welcome.