Earth Day Experience 2021
EcoArt Project is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring new and recent works by Cicely Carew, Peter D. Gerakaris, Stephen Mallon, Sam Nester, and Hara Woltz. Earth Day Experience 2021 is the fruition of an EcoArt Project international art call to artists and designers creating a growing green art movement. EcoArt Project is pleased to feature its 2021 Earth Day artist awardees in the Earth Day Experience 2021. The artworks in the exhibition represent a call to protect our flora and fauna, and consist of photography, painting, mixed-media work, and installation art.
Earth Day Experience 2021 celebrates nature’s beauty and all those who safeguard the environment in the spirit of the annual Earth Day celebration on April 22. The notion of an in-person, physical experience is to convey our connection to the natural world, to one another, and to inspire conversations about the world around us.
About the Artists:
Cicely Carew is a Boston-based, L.A.-raised artist whose work wields the formal, material, and sculptural aspects of painting to evoke radical joy, hope, and liberation. Through vibrant color, rebellious mark-making, sweeping gestures, and references to the natural and galactic world; Carew captures and conserves the fleeting magic of the “Now.” Outside the studio, her life as a mother, movement instructor, and nature enthusiast heavily influence her practice. Carew received her MFA from Lesley University’s College of Art + Design in 2020. Carew’s work is included in the permanent collections of Northeastern University, Simmons University, Boston Art Inc., and the Cambridge Arts Council, and Fidelity Investments. Her work was recently featured in the Newport Art Museum’s 2020-21 exhibition “Call & Response,” and at the Prudential Center in collaboration with Now + There. She currently resides in Cambridge, MA, with her son.
Peter D. Gerakaris is an American interdisciplinary artist who was raised a free-range child in New Hampshire, earning a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from Hunter College where he received the Tony Smith Prize. Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic paintings, installations, and origami sculptures engage nature-culture themes through a global lens. The artist’s works are showcased in various permanent institutional collections including the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), NYC Department of Education Public Art for Public Schools (Brooklyn, NY), the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center (New York, NY), the Waskowmium (Burlington, VT), the Warwick Hotel (Bahamas), and Citibank, in addition to a spectrum of private collections around the globe such as Beth Rudin DeWoody and the William Lim Living Collection (Hong Kong, China).
Additionally, Gerakaris has created many large-scale public commissions awarded by Cornell Tech, The Surrey Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Warwick Hotel Paradise Island Permanent Collection (Bahamas). The artist also recently completed a permanent, site-specific public art commission through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program — an immersive, hand-painted installation spanning over 116ft at PS101K (Brooklyn, NY). Having received distinctions such as the National Academy of Art’s Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center’s Clowes Foundation Full-Fellowship, his artwork has been exhibited internationally at the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Google NYC, FX Collaborative, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing), various art fairs such as Scope and the Doors (Seoul), iSolAIR (Cape Verde Islands, West Africa), the National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Mykonos Biennale, while also being featured in publications like Architectural Digest, the Financial Times, and W Magazine.
Australian-born trumpet player Sam Nester leads a diverse career as a performer and educator. Nester has performed for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival & Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, the Paris Opera Ballet, Wordless Music Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Festival of New Trumpet Music among others. For these ensembles and others, Nester has premiered works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, John Cale (Velvet Underground), and John Zorn. In 2019, Nester was the Bruny Island Foundation artist-in-residence, creating site-specific recordings inside the island’s iconic lighthouse. In 2020, he partners with George Mason University (USA), to design a yearlong interactive light and sound installation for their Virginia campus. In collaboration with visual artist Caroline Rannersberger, architect Christopher Clinton, and plant ecologist Daniel Sprod, Nester is designing a public art and sound installation, based on his Arcadia project, that will feature his solo performance as a trumpet player for the City of Hobart (Australia). Additionally, in July 2020, he is the US National Parks Artist-in-Residence for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
The recipient of numerous awards, Nester has been a Fulbright Scholar, a recipient of the Australian Music Foundation Award, Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Award, and an American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grantee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium and a Bachelor of Music from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (First Class Honors). He received a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, earning the Helen Cohn Award for outstanding performance. His primary trumpet teachers include David Elton and Mark Gould.
Most people look at construction sites and machinery and see nothing more than concrete and steel. Stephen Mallon looks at them and sees both a surreal beauty and the wonder of their engineering. In 2009, Mallon made a big splash with “Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549,” a series of photographs documenting the salvaging of the US Air flight that airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger managed to safely emergency-land in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The images Mallon produced during his two-week effort with Weeks Marine have been in exhibitions in New York, Miami, St. Louis, and Philadelphia and featured on television such as MSNBC, NBC, Wired.com, New York Magazine, Resource Magazine, Vanity Fair, and CBS News. In 2010 Stephen’s following solo exhibition “Next Stop Atlantic” was received with great praise from the likes of The New York Times, National Public Radio, GQ, Flavor Wire, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Feature Shoot, and My Modern Metropolis. This body of work has been shown at the Look 3 photo festival in Charlottesville, Miami, St. Louis, and Rome. In the spring of 2012, Stephen Mallon unveiled his 3rd solo exhibition “The Reefing of USS Radford.” This is a continuation of his ongoing series “American Reclamation,” which chronicles and examines the American recycling industry. The work has been reviewed and discussed by Elizabeth Avedon in Photographer’s I, The Blaze, WIRED, Pro Photo Daily, Lenscratch, and Resource Magazine to name a few. Mallon’s projects often require months or years of production. His short film about the transportation and installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge was created from over 30,000 still images. The film “A Bridge Delivered” was reviewed by the Wall St Journal, New York Magazine, GQ, PDN, and WIRED. It was then screened in five festivals in New York, Los Angeles, and Bristol, England. His latest project, commissioned by the New York Times Magazine sent him to South Korea to photograph “The Biggest Ship in the World”, the largest floating structure ever built. “Sea Train”, the exhibition produced by The New York Transit Museum was on display in the spring of 2019 at Grand Central Terminal in New York City and was seen by over 60,000 people. His work has been exhibited widely, and he has been commissioned by a wide range of clients, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall St Journal, Fortune, Publicis, Sudler & Hennessey, and MAYTAG. He lives in Hudson Valley with his wife Sascha and their daughter Josephine.
Hara Woltz is an artist and scientist who addresses the destruction and conservation of ecological systems through a variety of visual media. Field research is integral to the creation of her work, and her solo and collaborative projects investigate the relationships between humans, the environment, and other living organisms. Her artworks reside in a number of private and corporate collections, and she has exhibited in spaces ranging from Sotheby’s to Storm King Art Center. Woltz has worked on a number of global ecological and habitat design projects, including habitat restoration for native species in New Zealand, giant tortoise and Waved Albatross habitat assessment and restoration in Galápagos, Ecuador, and biological and cultural resilience programs in the Solomon Islands, Melanesia. Her work has appeared in various publications, including ORION, Biological Conservation, Popular Science, New York Magazine, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. She has created illustrated field guides for private clients and institutions, including Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. As an undergraduate, she studied studio art and biology at Duke University. She has an MA in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia, and an MA in conservation biology from Columbia University. Past awards include an American Museum of Natural History fellowship, an ASLA award of honor, a Columbia departmental research award, and an artist residency at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. She consults as a visiting artist and scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and has a studio in New York City.
About EcoArt Project:
EcoArt Project is a New York City-based non-profit organization that channels the forces of art and design to inspire climate change action and environmental awareness. For over a decade, EcoArt Project has engaged artists and designers with competitions, exhibitions, and residency programs and published work by over 1,500 artists from around the world in its online Showcase, a global network of artists and designers whose works promote the wellbeing of the planet. Rebound-NYC is a program incubated by EcoArt Project. The initiative repurposes empty storefronts in New York City into transformative art experiences and aims to beautify and revitalize the city by empowering artists through curated exhibitions and commissioned performances.