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Hello Everyone! I am sorry to say, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities informed my team and I that Antediluvian will NOT be included in this fall's 5x5 Public Art festival.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project! Please stay tuned for future plans! To all my donors, you will get all your money returned at the end of this campaign.
My goal is to present an unforgettable image in the US Capital that captures our dangerous addiction to petroleum. I hope this piece can provoke dialogue amongst everyday citizens and policy-makers alike inspiring them to rethink and even transform attitudes and approaches to energy consumption and extraction.
What You Get
Vision + Impact
My work investigates landscapes destroyed or transformed by our dangerous relationship with non-renewable energy resources. My research has taken me from The Suez Canal, to the tar sands and reclamation sites of Northern Alberta, to The Arctic Circle.
My solo exhibition An Unkindness at The Corcoran Gallery of Art this past winter explored these themes. The exhibition included massive sculptural installations and included a black hockey rink made of petroleum that museum visitors were invited to skate on. My exhibition at The Corcoran sparked a ton of conversation and press. Now, I'm super excited to engage even broader DC audiences through my first public work.
When curator Stephanie Sherman invited me to participate in the 5x5 public Arts Festival as part of the Near Futures curatorial concept, I felt it was a perfect fit. Near Futures approaches DC neighborhoods as landscapes for envisioning how current policies will affect future conditions. Projects bring people together through visions of energy, security, communication and migration.
I am so so so excited about this project! And a lot of other people are too! Kristen Kapps already wrote an article for The Atlantic (http://www.citylab.com/weather/2014/06/canadian... which led to a video clip on NBC. where the vid clip???And more press is coming. And once the installation comes in, all of the press will be a crucial opportunity to get the message out about the project.
Mia Feuer | Artist
Mia is a Canadian installation artist that has been working in DC for the past five years. She works in a multitude of media and often her installations are site specific. Mia is thrilled to present ANTEDILUVIAN- her first ever public art project. She has recently been hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Sculpture at California College of The Arts in San Francisco and Oakland. www.miafeuer.com
Constantine Roumel | Lead Fabricator, Project Manager, Genius and Super Hero
Constantine has been building and creating ambitious and bizarre structures for almost three decades. He is highly skilled at working with a plethora of unconventional materials, but his specialty is metals. He is a master problem solver, maker and thinker.
Stephanie Sherman is a curator and writer who who organizes projects rethinking public places, people, and poetics. She is the founder of Elsewhere--a living museum and residency program set in a former thrift store, Kulturpark--a research investigation of an abandoned amusement park, and Provisions Library's research residency program in Washington DC. She is currently working on a Phd in Art Theory and Practice at UC San Diego. She loves collaborating, building systems, and talking to strangers. http://stephaniesherman.net
Josef Palermo | Production Assistant & Community Organizer
Jon Stahl | Videographer
Noted for his multitude of fabrication skills and creative input for complicated design, Leon has extensive experience for a consultant for many artists, architects and designers in The Bay Area. His reputation as an expert craftsperson and fabricator qualifies him to work on one of a kind projects that require deep and thorough knowledge of durable materials such as bronze, aluminum and stainless steel.
Kevin Good (Solar Kev) | Solar Advisor
Kevin Good is the founder and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area's Sun's Free Solar. Since 2008, Sun's Free has installed hundreds of photovoltaic (pv) systems and always with the quality of workmanship and attention to detail that only a micro company can deliver.
The only question we has for Kevin is, "are you doing this to save the planet, say 'screw you to big energy', line your pockets or suit your already inflated ego"?To which Kevin leans back in his chair and grins a sinister grin then answers, "yes".
Colleen Garibaldi | Neighborhood Liaison and Incidental Land Surveyor
Colleen Garibaldi lives and works in Hill East, a neighborhood on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill in Washington DC, her hometown of more than 30 years. Her creative life has encompassed a variety of vehicles including photography, architecture and design, painting and drawing. After a hiatus from fine art to concentrate on a career in architecture, Colleen has recently returned to her painting practice and is concentrating on making a new body of work.
Park Swan | Spirit Guide, Installer, Land Surveyor, Sculptor, all around support
Park Swan just graduated with his BFA from George Mason U. He is a highly skilled craftsman and entrepreneur. He runs his own wood shop creates original wooden functional objects and furniture. www.parkwoodshop.com
Scott Sklar | Clean Energy Advisor
Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, Ltd, since 2000, which facilitates clean distributed energy. specializing on blending technologies and financing for projects, assisting companies to scale-up market penetration, and facilitating federal and state polices to expand markets
Previously, Sklar served as Executive Director for 15 years of two national trade associations concurrently, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. Prior of running trade associations, Sklar was Political Director of The Solar Lobby for two years, -- a renewable energy advocacy group founded by the big nine US environmental organizations. And for three years previous to joining the advocacy organization, served as Washington Director for two years and Acting RD&D Director for one year of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a federally-funded applied technology institution. Sklar started his energy career serving as a military and energy aide to Senator Jacob K Javits (NY) on his Washington personal and Committee staff for nine years, and cofounded the Congressional Solar caucus in the mid-1970’s
He serves on the Boards of Directors of two national non-profits: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (climate change), and The Solar Foundation. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition. Sklar has coauthored two books, “The Forbidden Fuel: A History of Power Alcohol, published in 1985 which is updated and was updated and re-released in 2010 by University of Nebraska Press, and a “Consumer Guide to Solar Energy” first published in 1998 and is in its third publishing.
Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching a unique multidisciplinary sustainable energy course, and is an Affiliate Professor at CATIE, a United Nations-founded sustainable development university based in Costa Rica. On January 2014 Sklar was appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee to serve as a stakeholder representative on the committee, representing the Academic sector.
Much much love,
Mia Feuer, artist
Constantine Roumel, fabricator
Stephanie Sherman, curator
Josef Palermo, production assistant + community organizer