Reportage illustration of Times Square Ivory Crush © guest curator Jedidiah Dore

Reportage illustration of Times Square Ivory Crush © guest curator Jedidiah Dore


Art.Science.Gallery. is proud to announce the opening of In Danger (or, you should really, really give a shit), an exhibition that seeks to highlight the alarming rate of species decline and extinction worldwide, caused directly and indirectly by human impacts, and what we can do about it. Today’s extinction rate is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate, with an estimated 150-200 species going extinct every 24 hours! This is the highest rate of biodiversity loss since the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, and is now being called the 6th Mass Extinction or the Anthropocene Extinction. The artworks in this exhibition tell the story of and conservation science about plants, animals and fungi on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, in the Critically Endangered (CE) category.


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July 8-August 6, 2012

presented by
Art.Science.Gallery. (512-5228-ART)    &
South Corridor Gallery @ First Presbyterian Church (512-345-8856)
8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731
Gallery hours: 9:00 am to 4:30pm M-Th and 8:30am to 1:00pm Sundays.
Meet the artist reception: Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 10:00am-11:15am.

Emerald Ash Borer © 2010 Emily Bryant. Pressed invasive plant collage on sustainable bamboo paper.

Emily Bryant was born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio. Drawing animals from a young age, her fascination with wildlife led her to pursue degrees in Sustainability and Studio Art with a Biology minor. While completing her education at Baldwin-Wallace College, Bryant began to explore how sustainability could be incorporated into art. Utilizing sustainable materials to produce art with environmental messages, such as the impact of native and invasive species in local ecosystems, she hopes to inspire others to explore and conserve the natural world.

Using pressed specimens of invasive plant material, Bryant creates stunning collages that represent some of America’s most invasive insect species. Thus, her work simultaneously provides invasive species control by removing invasive plants from wild places and creates artworks that educate the public about the threats associated with invasive insects. All of her work is mounted to sustainably-produced archival bamboo papers using natural plant-based glues.

Bryant’s series of nature photographs utilize a digital form of collage that complement her invasive species series by depicting what are often considered fragile native species and ecosystems that can be disrupted by invasives. A celebration of the natives of her home state of Ohio and her current home in Texas, Bryant’s photographs are rich in both color and biodiversity.

An interview with Emily Bryant about her work (ECO Art + Science Series: The Sustainable Art of Emily Bryant) was published in March 2012 on the biocreativity blog. Many of the original artworks featured in this interview will be on display as Art.Science.Gallery. and the South Corridor Gallery @ First Presbyterian Church co-present the artists work.


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