Mixed Me­dia The Eco­zoic Era: Plant/Seed/Soil at the State Capi­tol’s Ro­tunda Gallery

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - The Eco­zoic Era: Plant/Seed/Soil, Plant/Seed/Soil The Eco­zoic Era: olla

In the Eco­zoic era, ev­ery day is Earth Day. Earth scholar, ge­ol­o­gist, and the­olo­gian Thomas Berry (1914-2009) coined the term “Eco­zoic era” to de­scribe an emerg­ing eco-con­scious time pe­riod. Berry con­sid­ered the in­dus­tri­al­ized Western world of the late 19th cen­tury through the early 21st cen­tury to mark the end of the Ceno­zoic era, a pe­riod that lasted for 65 mil­lion years. The Eco­zoic era is pos­si­bly the start of a new dawn for the re­la­tion­ship between peo­ple and the Earth, and New Mex­ico has no short­age of eco-con­scious artists, whose works can deepen our un­der­stand­ing of a frag­ile but en­dur­ing planet. Some of their art can be seen in a group ex­hi­bi­tion on the themes of our con­nec­tion to — and re­liance upon — the Earth and its nur­tur­ing prop­er­ties that come in the forms of soil, seeds, and plants.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes art in a va­ri­ety of me­dia by more than 20 artists such as Axle Con­tem­po­rary co-founder Matthew Chase-Daniel; Ba­sia Ir­land, whose work fo­cuses on wa­ter is­sues around the world; and Chrissie Orr, a found­ing mem­ber of SeedBroad­cast, a Mo­bile Seed Story Broad­cast­ing Sta­tion that trav­els around the na­tion,ex­plor­ing the con­nec­tions between peo­ple and agri­cul­ture by shar­ing seed ori­gin sto­ries with com­mu­ni­ties.

The show opened on April 29 at the State Capi­tol’s Ro­tunda Gallery (490 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-986- 4589) and has in­ter­ac­tive com­po­nents, in­for­ma­tional dis­plays, and hand­outs on cli­mate change, gar­den­ing, com­post­ing, and re­lated sub­jects. The re­cep­tion for

is at 4 p.m. on Fri­day, May 6, at the Capi­tol. Events at the re­cep­tion in­clude a SeedBroad­cast-spon­sored seed ex­change, an in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance by artist Sara Molina that in­volves weav­ing an ves­sel with wil­lows taken from the Gila River, and com­post­ing demon­stra­tions by Re­u­nity Re­sources, a New Mex­ico-based non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes zero waste and re­cy­cling pro­grams. The ex­hi­bi­tion is on view through Aug. 5. — Michael Abatemarco

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