Sculptural sea creatures invade the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
March 14, 2016
COURTNEY MATTISON: SEA CHANGE
january 30 — april 17, 2016
virginia museum of contemporary art • 2200 parks ave • virginia beach • va • 23451
our changing seas III
Our Changing Seas III is back in the wild as part of Courtney’s current show after its debut exhibition at the Tang Museum in 2014. At its heart, Courtney says, “this piece celebrates my favorite aesthetic aspects of a healthy coral reef surrounded by the sterile white skeletons of bleached corals swirling like the rotating winds of a cyclone. There is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly to decrease the threats we impose — namely greenhouse gas emissions, overfishing and pollution. Perhaps if we appreciate the fragile beauty of our endangered coral reef ecosystems, we will act more wholeheartedly to help them recover and even thrive.”
- Tuesday March 15: Virginia MOCA will offer a free screening of the Emmy® Award winning Netflix original documentary, Mission Blue, which tells the story of Dr. Sylvia Earle and her quest to protect a global network of Hope Spots in the ocean. Check in here for more details coming soon.
- Thursday March 24: Join Courtney along with Mission Blue’s Director of Photography and Expeditions, Kip Evans, at MOCA for an artist talk at 6:30 pm following a member’s only meet & greet at 5:30. Courtney and Kip will discuss the intersection of art, science and exploration and our efforts to create work that inspires the public to take action.
- Saturday March 26: Join Courtney for a Master Class at the Virginia MOCA Studio School, where she will demonstrate ceramic handbuilding techniques while describing how her underwater photography and background in marine ecology inspire her sculptural work.
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