On View: April 22 – June 19, 2021
Artist Alonzo Davis is pleased to present Navigating Climate Change, a new body of mixed media work responding to the climate crisis. The work will be on view at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, Maryland from April 22 through June 19, 2021. In addition to the works on view, the exhibition is accompanied by a short video call-to-action underscoring the power of art in the environmental cause. An outdoor Artist’s Talk will take place on Thursday, May 6 at 7 PM at Joe’s Movement Emporium.
Appointments for viewing the work can be made for Thursdays from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm through Joe’s Movement Emporium website at: https://www.joesmovement.org/listofevents/joes-open-gallery-alonzo-davis.
The history of Davis’ Navigating Climate Change project goes back to 2016 when a studio assistant traveled to Micronesia as part of the Peace Corps and raised his consciousness of that geography.
That work, entitled Navigation Series, preceded the current one, and was inspired by Davis’ long-time fascination with Micronesian navigation stick charts. Once used by Micronesian seafarers, the charts, actually studies of Pacific swell patterns and island locations, helped mariners navigate the waters in and around the region by canoe.
After completing that earlier series, the artist learned that the islands of Micronesia are in danger of being submerged due to ever-rising sea levels. He decided to create Navigating Climate Change to bring attention to the devastation that the climate crisis is bringing to a head, not only in the Pacific Islands but around the world.
Works in the exhibition were selected by curator Nancy Sausser. Working with video artist and editor Tim McLoraine, Davis also produced a short video that captures the way artists are embracing climate activism. A concurrent exhibition of related works is installed at McLean Project for the Arts from April 1 through June 10. An artist talk with Sausser and McLoraine in conversation with Davis is scheduled for May 6 at 7PM. Reservations can be made for this outdoor event on the Joe’s Movement Emporium website.
Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD.