Arousing Biophilia

March 2, 2018 – April 22, 2018
Art Ark Gallery
San Jose, CA
Curated by Shanon Amidon


Arouse – Evoke or awaken (a feeling, emotion, or response) to stir to action or strong response

Biophilia – The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

Exhibition Statement:
As our culture becomes increasingly urbanized, humans have become increasingly disconnected from the forces and elements of nature, a condition that not only impacts our planet but also the health of its inhabitants.  Yet E.O. Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

In this time of social, environmental and political upheaval, this exhibit will offer viewers a moment of contemplation and introspection. Art has a unique ability to help people envision new and innovative ways to observe nature. It stimulates and raises our environmental awareness by inviting us to consider our surroundings not so much as a backdrop but rather as a vital part of our existence. Arousing Biophilia is an exhibit that seeks to evoke deeper exploration of our natural world, acts of altruism and environmental stewardship by bringing the wonder of nature and the environment back into focus.  

The artists in the exhibit are fascinated with exploring, investigating, and conserving nature. Their artwork explores a variety of topics including life cycles, entomology, ecosystems, botany, organisms, mycology, biodiversity, and the relationship between humans and the environment.  The exhibit features installation, sculpture, glassworks, encaustic, photography, printmaking, and a variety of other mediums.

Participating Artists:

Shannon Amidon

Shannon Amidon

Liam Blackwell

Liam Blackwell

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon

Michele Guieu

Michele Guieu

Melinda Hurst Frye

Melinda Hurst Frye

Pantea Karim

Pantea Karimi

Carrie Lederer

Carrie Lederer

Cynthia O'Brien

Cynthia O’Brien

Michael Pisano

Michael Pisano

Estraven Lupino-Smith

Estraven Lupino-Smith

Demetra Theofanous

Demetra Theofanous

 

Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams