Jeannine Bardo: Solastalgia
04-29 November 2016
Callahan Center Gallery, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
curated by John Ros
Artist Reception: Saturday, 12 November 2016, 4-6p.
Jeannine Bardo states in her artist statement, “My landscape is nearing extinction, as am I, as are we.” The work that makes up the exhibition, Solastalgia, directly relates to this phase. The term solastalgia, coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003, is the psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change.
A recent Yale/GMU study states that, “[e]ven though ‘two in three Americans are either moderately or very interested in global warming,’ public opinion research finds that 70 percent of Americans ‘rarely or never discuss global warming with family or friends.’”
Solastalgia is Bardo’s attempt to bring that conversation to the fore. Throughout her life she has planted herself firmly into the ground as an artist, community activist and educator, yet her works speak to an interest in that movement which surrounds us and shapes us. Bardo cultivates her persistent energies of constant motion onto the page. It is with this energy that she also presses on us — an affront in gesture and meaning so that we too may experience a sense of solastalgia.
The exhibition is on view from 04-29 November 2016. Join us for a reception for the artist on Saturday, 12 November 2016 from 4-6pm. The gallery is located at 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York, 11201 and will be open to the public during school hours.