April - October 2019
Located in the dynamic West End district of Beacon’s Main Street, this historic brick storefront houses the Institute’s gallery and its administrative headquarters. The gallery showcases river and environmentally themed art and educational exhibits.
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Clarkson’s Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries will launch the exhibit “Anthrotopographies” by artist John Sabraw with an opening event next weekend, April 13, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508.
As an environmentalist and activist, Sabraw produces much of his work in a fully eco-conscious manner. He collaborates with scientists on many projects, including his latest that involves creating paint and paintings from iron oxide extracted in the process of remediating polluted streams. The exhibit takes viewers through what happens to the land when natural resources have been extracted and the resulting pollutants that are left behind.
The show is quite special to Sabraw. “Returning to the Hudson for this show drove me to combine my love of nature and landscape with my environmental art and science work to create a body of artworks that explore how we can restore and sustain the awe of our wilderness areas and waterways while actively addressing the underlying issues,” he said.
Sabraw has partnered with an engineering professor to extract toxic acid mine drainage from polluted streams in Ohio and turn it into paint pigment. Once the pigment is sold on a commercial scale, that revenue will be invested back into the streams’ remediation.
Visitors to the Beacon Gallery next weekend will see something special in the exhibit, “I have created new pieces for the exhibit using brick dust from actual bricks made long ago along the Hudson that indeed shaped its actual form, even as it polluted the river,” Sabraw said.
On June 27, Sabraw will give a talk at the Beacon Institute on his artistic and scientific process, and his vision for restoring waterways through art. The event will be open to the public.
Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, and Accenture Corp. Sabraw is represented in Chicago by Thomas McCormick. Sabraw is a Professor of Art at Ohio University where he is Chair of the Painting + Drawing program, and Board Advisor at Scribble Art Workshop in New York. He has most recently been featured in TED, Smithsonian, New Scientist, and Great Big Story. He was born in Lakenheath, England.
Anthrotopographies will run through early October 2019.