Invisible Landscape

Invisible Landscape features the artists of the LABVerde Art Immersion Program in the Amazon in Manaus, Brazil. The program promotes an intensive experience in the rainforest to explore the connection between science, art and the natural environment.  The program’s main goal is to promote artistic creation through a constructive debate about environmental issues generated by both theory and life experiences in nature.

The Amazon enjoys a certain iconic, mythological status—everyone knows about the Amazon, imagines it readily, even without first-hand experience. While many countries drive their economies from Amazon resources, the realization of this value is synonymous with its destruction through deforestation for cattle ranching and the soy monoculture. The perennial value of the Amazon, therefore, is politically and economically invisible.

The artwork in Invisible Landscape explores the mythos of the Amazon and reflects on the various “ways of knowing” that can arise from first-hand experience. The artists in Invisible Landscape employ various strategies to understand their experience and relationships to the forest; observational aesthetics, embodied knowledge, archiving and cataloging, speculative visioning, and personal dialog. These objects and experiences may be interpreted as documents, narratives, or relics, each unveiling a hidden way of valuing of this world resource.

TATIANA AROCHA

Visual artist from Colombia based in Brooklyn, NY. Arocha’s work spans a range of media including drawing, large-scale collage installations, and motion graphics. She has exhibited in the US, the UK, and Colombia, with solo shows at Yale University and The Queens Botanical Gardens, and group exhibitions at Wave Hill, BRIC, and The Wassaic Project. Many publications have discussed her work, amongst them Fresh Paint Magazine, Audubon Society, and 99U. She was an artist in residence at the LABverde Art Immersion Program, in the Amazon, Arquetopia, Mexico and The Wassaic Project, NY. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from La Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano.

MICHAEL CLEMOW

Multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work is based around the idea of listening as a creative act. It is manifested in installations and performances using field recordings, photographs, and objects. Documents of experience are turned into improvised sites that are born from and encourage deep listening and a sense of place. Michael graduated from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU in 2009. His work has been shown at Exit Art, Spectrum NYC, Dixon Place, AC Institute, Radiator Gallery, The Center for Book Arts, Howl! Happening, and Mana Contemporary. He has performed in Art in Odd Places 2008, DUMBO Art Festival 2009, Festival MOD (Guadalajara, MX) 2012, River to River Festival 2015, and Movement Research Festival 2017. He was awarded the Sonic Mmabolela sound art residency in Limpopo, South Africa in 2013 and 2015; BSMT Residency at Mana Contemporary 2016-2017; LABVERDE 2017; and LMCC Workspace Residency 2017-2018.

LUCY HELTON

Born in London and based in New York, she received her master’s degree in fine art photography from Hartford Art School, CT, in 2014. Rising from a necessity to express her personal anxieties and concerns about the environment, her first photobook “Actions of Consequence” was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and The Anamorphosis Prize 2015. Her most recent book “Transmission” (Silas Finch, 2015) is a communication from our future to our recent past and it was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award 2015. Helton is immersed in photo book making and has participated in various book fairs and festivals in New York, L.A., London, Germany and France.

DANIEL KUKLA

Visual artist, currently residing in New York City. Artistic practice informed by intersection of work as a photo-based artist and formal training in biological and anthropological sciences. Works at juncture of these disciplines, creating work that has the power to articulate our ever changing relationship with the natural world.

BIANCA LEE VASQUEZ

Cuban-ecuadorian origins, lives and works in paris. She works with nature in a way that is emphatically corporal, striving for a communion between body, nature and art. Her ephemeral interventions or performances are best described by an earthbody practice documented in photography or video. Her performative actions with trees or large stones are as though her body formed and integral part of these natural elements. Although she frequently uses her own body, she is rarely representing herself literally. The body defining metaphorical symbols. The common thread running through her works draws from her sustained interest in her paternal ancestral Incas belief that cosmology and the human body were interrelated and the promulgation of Ayni, meaning balance and reciprocity in Quechua.

BIA MONTEIRO

Born in 1976, in Rio de Janeiro and is now based in NYC. She Received a MFA degree from the International Center of Photography in New York where she was awarded with the Director’s Fellowship in 2015/16. Bia is a visual artist working primarily with photography, video and installations. Her work references matters of displacement, as well as environmental concerns (mainly in Brazil) through the use of human body, historical references and architecture. Bia has exhibited her work in Brazil, Europe, Japan and New York, and is part of the Studio Duo collective in NYC.

LISA SCHONBERG
Born in 1977 in Staten Island, USA, and is based in Portland, Oregon, where she lives and works. Lisa is a percussionist, composer, writer, teacher and natural historian. She started playing drums as a child, studied ecology and entomology through college and graduate school, and has since traveled extensively to carry out fieldwork and perform. She integrates her interests through creative documentation of soundscapes, insects, and habitat. Lisa’s place-based compositions are performed by her percussion and noise ensemble Secret Drum Band and in solo performance, and she drums in Explode Into Colors. Lisa is the author of The DIY Guide to Drums and The Hylaeus Project: A Documentation of the Endangered Native Bees of Hawaii.