“The past is a foreign country,” author L.P. Hartley famously wrote in his book The Go-Between. Perhaps that’s why we hold on to the postcards…
Three artists exploring the connection between ourselves and the people, places, animals and environment of the world we share in a new exhibition entitled “Fragile Links.”
A focus of the exhibit is a study in glass by Sari Scheer representing some of the most fragile in society today; the homeless. Ms. Scheer has created stunning pieces which juxtapose the beauty of her medium with the tragedy of the subjects. Her use of recycled glass is integral to the message of the work.
“It’s easy to forget how special and fragile our relationship with our world is,” writes artist Russell Hunziker. “Every living thing borrows space on the earth and is transient. From the smallest microorganisms to the largest animals, all life on Earth has a common ancestor. Everything is connected to everything. “
One does not have to go outside of our state of California to see the natural variety and beauty the earth has produced, nor to see how it is being destroyed by climate change and human disregard for the environment. Russell Hunziker’s oils capture the drama of these land and sea vistas for ever lasting enjoyment but accompanies them with information about how the actual locations are at risk and what can be done about it.
Many discussions about climate change and economics do not take those topics all the way through to their impact on most of the people living on the earth. Patrick Ramsey’s photographic studies of “real people living real lives” around the globe bring us face to face with the beauty of humanity unadorned. The images command an appreciation of the people and their environments. Each is also accompanied by a statement about how these people, industries, and cultures are unlikely to survive unless changes are made – now.
Every living thing borrows space on the earth and is transient. From the smallest microorganisms to the largest animals, all life on Earth has a common ancestor. Everything is connected to everything.
Earth and our place in it is an incredibly complex and fragile network of interconnected systems that have developed slowly over the last 4.5 billion years. In our short tenancy here, we make a choice to nourish our relationships so that they sustain and enhance all that we are connected to or choose to disregard them to the detriment of whole.
It is a choice. It is important to see, taste, and feel the wonder of our existence in order to make the right decisions.
“Fragile Links” opens Friday, June 11 and will be on display Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-5 p.m. through July 4, and online at topangacanyongallery.com. A reception for the artists is planned for June 19, Noon to 5 p.m. For private viewing by appointment, call 310-454-5144. The gallery is located at 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd Suite 109, Topanga. Visit topangacanyongallery.com to learn more.