Exhibitions

Art connects us with each other. Our heart’s wisdom and compassion are directly activated through the emotional and sensory experiences of creative expression, helping us to feel deeply; creating a more embodied awareness of our shared humanity. Art moves us to new ways of seeing, of thinking, challenging us, provoking a response, inspiring shifts in empathy and consciousness. Our exhibitions are grounded in the deep belief that, as Olafur Eliasson says, “Art can engage the world to change the world.” 

Art connects us with each other. Our heart’s wisdom and compassion are directly activated through the emotional and sensory experiences of creative expression, helping us to feel deeply; creating a more embodied awareness of our shared humanity. Art moves us to new ways of seeing, of thinking, challenging us, provoking a response, inspiring shifts in empathy and consciousness. Our exhibitions are grounded in the deep belief that, as Olafur Eliasson says, “Art can engage the world to change the world.” 

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SCOPE OF THE NATURAL

RESEARCH STUDY | EXHIBITION

Amy Hoagland
Jennifer Cole

Opening
5-7pm Friday April 2nd
as part of Boulder Arts Week

All visitors must wear masks and follow COVID precautions, with rolling entry per capacity guidelines.

Gallery hours
April 3 – May 15, 2021

Friday 1-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday 1-5pm
and by appointment

Round Table Discussion
7-8pm Tuesday May 18th 

Hoagland and Cole will join Arbor Institute Directors Sam Randall and David Levitt, Firehouse Art Center Curator Brandy Coons, and NeST Faculty Tara Knight for an online panel discussing the project and its research findings on May 18th at 7pm via zoom. RSVP at info@arborinstitute.org.

The Arbor Institute is excited to bring Scope of the Natural to Boulder – a site-specific art/science research study installation created by NeST fellows Amy Hoagland and Jennifer Cole. The project provides an opportunity to participate in scientific research exploring questions about how we experience both nature and art. In this time of continued isolation and collective grief, the installation also provides a quiet space for visitors to ground through a contemplative experience of body, mind, and nature.

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Scope of the Natural uses art to inform science and science to inform art. Data collected by the University of Colorado from visitors at the Arbor Institute in Boulder, CO will form Phase Two of this research study created by social psychologist Jennifer Cole. Phase One was completed previously at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, CO.
 

Visitors participate in the research survey on site using their smart phone or the tablet provided. The full experience takes about 30 minutes. 

After completing the Phase Two study, the researchers will present results and conclusions from data collected through both studies at a round table event on Tuesday May 18th at 6:30pm via Zoom. The discussion will include faculty from the NeST Studio for the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder engaged in art/science research.

Artist Amy Hoagland creates sculptural installations to challenge the varying relationships that humans have with nature.

from Firehouse Art Center Curator Brandy Coons: To make the sculptures for Scope of the Natural, she 3D scanned rocks and trees using a process called photogrammetry: multiple photographs of the natural forms are placed into a software which stitches the images together to create a 3D file. The 3D file is then applied in digital fabrication methods such as laser cutting to recreate the scanned natural form out of paper, cardboard, and wood. These large-scale sculptures are integrated within wire-frame constructions of welded metal and fused glass rods. Recorded sounds and video projections of ice and water flows in the space evoke even more connection with the natural environment. 

Hoagland’s creative use of materials mimics and suggests forms found in nature, while providing further commentary on our understanding of, and relationship to, organic structures. Geometric sculptures welded of metal and glass call to mind the polygonal mesh of gaming environments and computer animation, as well as the fractured forms of natural crystalline structures, while mirrors are used to reflect light around the space in a simulation of water. Each material (cardboard, glass, welded metals) comes from a human treatment of natural resources, recombined and re-presented within the context of a contemporary relationship to digital environments. Her process brings natural forms into the world of human influence and filters them out again, providing an expression of the many layers that separate our sensory input from our intellectual understanding of the world we live in. 

 

Scope of the Natural was developed through the Winter Residency at the Firehouse Art Center in partnership with the Nature, Science, Environment, and Technology (NeST) Studio for the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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MIRRORSTATE has been installed in three formats. The experience of the works is unique in each.

Online / Virtual – interactive website with all video and audio works along with text of conversations between the artists and scientists. Recommended for viewing on a larger screen with headphones for the full audio/visual experience.

Outside/Window + Wall Installation – graphics text from the artists and scientists are installed on the windows of the Arbor Institute and video works projected on the windows and exterior wall on select dates.

Gallery / In Person – reopening Jan 6th – large scale 35 min. projected screening of the video and sound works and rock samples from the Salt Flats in the gallery provides an immersive, contemplative experience.


This project is funded in part by the Nature, Science, Environment, and Technology (NeST) Studio for the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Kelsi Nagy. Cattle in India | World Cowgirl 2011

SUMMER 2021

Life in the Plasticene

Scientists and artists throughout the world are increasingly called to explore how species on our planet are impacted by and adapting to the complexities of our fossil-fuel driven Plastic Era. Life in the Plasticene integrates art, ecological science and storytelling to explore the merging streams of life and plastic worldwide. From microplastics in Colorado streams to cattle foraging for food amongst the plastic waste in India the exhibition asks: “how did we get here and where do we want to go from here?”

Donna Zerner. Mandala. 2019

FALL 2021

Love Letters to the Earth
Canyon Gallery
Boulder Public Library

As climate artists-in-residence with the Boulder Public Library, the Arbor Art Collective will present Love Letters to the Earth — a multi-media exhibition exploring the interdependency of life and our love for the planet during this time of ecological crisis. The exhibition will include a range of free programs including Meditation with the Earth, film screenings, discussion panels and the creation of a living community mandala.