aftershock

A Group Exhibition on the Human Response to Ecological Trauma

Curated by artist Camila Galofre, this exhibition featured works by Susan Beiner, Brandi Lee Cooper, Erika Lynne Hanson, Christina Kemp-Sullivan, Molly Koehn, Jessica Palomo, Anthony Pessler and Buzzy Sullivan. 

Inspired by the chaotic and poetic consequences of natural phenomenon, AFTERSHOCK showcased the works of artists currently working with themes surrounding human relationships to the transformative virtues of nature, trauma, history and place. Through a multiplicity of mediums, this exhibition looks at the various influences of environmental experiences in relation to existing global issues. 

October 2017 / Step Gallery, Phoenix

Unintended Consequences (1 Panel) by Susan Beiner

Porcelain, wood, foam, thread

2014

Flushed Series by Brandi Lee Cooper

Paperclay, Mission Clay sewer pipe, underglaze, glaze

2017

12 Point Platform (Proposed Harmonics) by Erika Lynne Hanson + Wes Kline

Vinyl record with turn table & headphones, woven wool, linen

2017

Stability Practice by Christina Kemp

Playing cards

2017

structure 04 by Molly Koehn

Stainless steel, linen, silk, steel, aluminum, flagging tape

2017

Three Messengers (Cloud #9, Iceberg #1, Cloud #19) by Anthony Pessler

Oil on panel / Egg tempera on panel

2013 / 2015

Brunia Asteraceaes by Jessica Palomo

Graphite, gesso, wood installation

2017

Mountain Goats Grazing, Mount St. Helens, Looking South at 4400' by Buzzy Sullivan  

Pigment print

2017

I think natural disasters have been looked upon in the wrong way.

Newspapers always say they are bad. a shame.

I like natural disasters and I think that they may be the highest form of art possible to experience.

For one thing they are impersonal.

I don’t think art can stand up to nature.

Put the best object you know next to the grand canyon, niagra falls, the red woods.

The big things always win.

Now just think of a flood, forest fire, tornado, earthquake, Typhoon, sand storm.

Think of the breaking of the Ice jams. Crunch.

If all of the people who go to museums could just feel an earthquake.

Not to mention the sky and the ocean.

But it is in the unpredictable disasters that the highest forms are realized.

They are rare and we should be thankful for them.

- Walter de Maria: On the Importance of Natural Disasters (May 1960)

Proceeds from the sales of AFTERSHOCK where donated to the American Red Cross to support their relief international programming.  

Photography: Joshua Laieski