Monday, June 27, 2011

Maximum impact, minimum carbon footprint

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet the images for our show Known Quantity- plastic from Kehoe Beach- were electronically transmitted to Singapore where the panels were printed. We are grateful to Jason Aspes for attending to all of the details. Viewable 24/7 until late summer.
138 Cecil Street #01-01
Cecil Court
Singapore 069538

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Plasticene Discontinuity at the Brower Center


Our print The Plasticene Discontinuity is on display in the front window of the Brower Center in Berkeley until September 2.

The history of the Earth can be read in the layers of built up sediments. Each deciphered layer offers an understanding of a moment in natural history. In the year 2855 CE, geologists discover a vein of brilliantly colored substances people once called “plastic.” This anomalous geological bed (a discontinuity) is much like the K-T Boundary that signaled the demise of the dinosaurs. The PD is evidence of a culture awash with “disposable” items, the remains of a people who valued short-term prosperity over posterity.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Exhibition at the Brower Center

June 16, 2011 – September 2, 2011

The Brower Center asked Bay Area artists to respond to David Brower’s quote: “Have a good time saving the world. Otherwise, you’re just going to depress yourself.” With over 500 submissions, we were inspired by the sheer breadth of the work. From traditional painting to installation to the conceptual avant-garde, this show is a powerful indicator of how pervasive social, environmental, and political concerns are among artists and the community at large. We hope that these 22 works — imaginative, contemplative, and playful — will also inspire our visitors to consider how we will all live in the future.

Artists include: Mari Andrews · Timothy Armstrong · Claire Brandt · Noah Breuer · Mark Bryan · Hagit Cohen · Alicia Escott · Lisa Espenmiller · William Harsh · Ryan Hendon · Anthony Holdsworth · Grant Johnson · Michael Kerbow · Kimberlee Koym-Murteira · Alexis Laurent · Jeff Long · Viviana Paredes · Ruth Santee · Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang · Esther Traugot · Michelle Waters · Stephen Whisler

Jurors: Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections, Berkeley Art Museum · DeWitt Cheng, freelance art writer · Amy Tobin, Executive Director, David Brower Center

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 Tel: 510.809.0900.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mountainfilm in Telluride inspired by happiness

Maybe it was the rarefied air with 17% less oxygen that made us giddy or maybe it was the action- packed days that started at 7:15 AM, early up and out, so we could make it to an 8 AM Coffee Talk or the action-packed days that ended late with drinks with new friends.

 One  Plastic Beach  screened four times - once to an auditorium packed with students for the Mountain Film in the Classroom program- Making Movies that Matter, two times in the regular film festival, and finally, because it was so popular, it was selected as a TBA- for the last day finale- picks of the festival.

We did a Q+A with each screening. First thing, each time, we gave a big shout out to Eric Slatkin and Tess Thackara (directors/producers) with a big expression of our gratitude. It was their vision for the film and commitment to seeing it through that got us to Telluride.

We were glad to be such active Mountainfilm participants from our Q+A’S, the exhibition at AH-HAA, the Coffee Talk and the making of the trophies. Although we were always on the job- we even had a chance to enjoy a few movies.

We are big fans of the friendly Telluride style where conversations start up impromptu- while standing in line waiting for a film or over the breakfast table where strangers exchange stories and become friends.

Coffee Talks One Word – Plastic
Judith held her own with esteemed colleagues, David deRothschild (Plastiki), Andy Keller (Chico Bags) and Suzan Beraza (Bag It)

On Saturday the SF Chronicle had a big feature about Andy and Chico Bags and the lawsuits against him by plastic bag manufacturers.

We were so happy for all of the award winners. Especially happy that Roko Belic won two trophies for his movie Happy - as the Audience Favorite and the Student Award by the students in the Movies that Matter program. 

Kudos to Prudence Mabhena who won the first Indomitable Spirit Award who rocked with her soulful rendition of One Love
Along the way we collected some authentic Telluride plastic and fashioned one very special trophy for Bebe, festival director David Holbrooke’s daughter. Bebe saw our film on the Internet then sent it on to her Dad insisting that he had to have us at Mountainfilm.

Big thanks to Jeremy Baron for permission to use his photograph of Prudence at the award ceremony and of Judith at the Coffee Talk.

USA Today reports on  Mountainfilm. 

Mountainfilm Mission statement -
educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.