Alexa Kleinbard’s artistic project for more than thirty years has been devoted to addressing issues surrounding the ongoing degradation and destruction of our natural environment. She has always taken the position that we are in and of nature, never accepting the concept of nature as something separate from and controllable by humans. She has studied animals and plants in their native environment for decades, producing strikingly unique and beautiful images that comment on the natural world. Her work presents dichotomies of good and evil, despair and hope, destruction and healing, with a lyricism, lushness of imagery, and sophisticated sense of color and form that underscores and makes bittersweet the issues we face with the ongoing degradation of our natural environment. Through three series, ranging from oil on shaped birchwood, oil stick and graphite drawings on paper, and intricate collaged animals in ink, paint, and pencil, this exhibition presents the dichotomies of despair and hope with a lyricism and lushness of imagery.
Events included with admission ($5 nonmembers, free for members and children under 18)
Join artists and visitors for a procession and panel discussion associated with the exhibitions Linda Hall: Beyond Gone and Alexa Kleinbard: Twilight in the Garden on display at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum.
At 10:30am on Saturday February 15, 2020, there will be a procession throughout the galleries of the Museum celebrating nature’s beauty and fragility. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and costumes related to wildlife that is special to you and/or endangered or extinct. Musicians Patrick McKinney and Paul Harvey will provide percussion.The procession will conclude in the Bates Community Room, where the group can join the audience for a panel discussion with experts on native plants and animals.
This panel of experts will discuss how to take out invasive species and plant natives to attract the biodiversity that is so rich in North Florida. Panelists include Eleanor Dietrich, the former head of the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Florida Department of Transportation liaison, who placed one of the state's first wildflower resolutions in Leon County and aided FDOT in rewriting official policy and procedures.
Read the exhibition catalog, with essay by Curator Cynthia Hollis, artist biography written by Alexa Kleinbard, works list and over 30 decades of Kleinbard's work, available as a free download (please note, this is a large file size and may take a while to download) and to read for free online (for easier and quicker reading).
Alexa Kleinbard, Mountain Sanctuary on our Ridge, Songbirds Nesting at Twilight Series, 2018-2019, oil paint on birch wood, 48 x 60 inches
Alexa Kleinbard, Passion Flower with Pollinators, Remedies Series, 2003-2008, oil paint on birch wood, 36 x 60 inches
Alexa Kleinbard, Aucilla River, Deer, Florida, Corridors Series, 2011-2017, archival photos, archival paper, russian birch wood, 35 x 25 inches
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