reception: November 3, 2-5pm
Exhibition Runs: october 17, 2019 - november 17, 2019
The War on the World
In 1938 “The War of the Worlds”, Orson Welles’ classic radio broadcast of a Martian invasion of New Jersey, created an illusion that panicked the nation. In the year 2019, The War On The World, the ever growing Ecocide of the U.S. military industrial complex is no illusion. The U.S. military is the greatest driver of global climate change in the world, the single largest polluter of the planet. Through the development, production and testing of weapons and materiel, vast quantities of greenhouse gases are produced, a grim stew of toxic chemicals released, their by-products and waste dumped with impunity on our land and in our water. There’s been little panic as the American war industry poisons our country first. Then it goes overseas. Napoleon once said that the boundaries of an empire are marked by the graves of her soldiers. Our American empire is marked with burn pits, fuel and chemical dumps, unexploded ordnance, abandoned gear, barbed wire, dilapidated bunkers, burst sandbags and rotting garbage . . . and in these Orwellian times, the U.S. has unleashed weaponry that lingers for the better part of forever. The dioxins of Agent Orange and the particulates of Depleted Uranium continue to kill, disfigure and contaminate long after the last American soldier has departed. While the U.S. military itself identifies global climate change as real and a critical national security problem, there is no slowing down military spending, production or deployment. The continuing Ecocide is not a consideration. Accountability is for another time.
The War on the World is a curated exhibit of the work of 25 artists from around the country featuring artwork by: Greta Anderson, Jan Barry, Timothy Blunk, Becky Darge Christensen, Mike Eckstein, Jim Fallon, Pat Feeney Murrell, Manda Gorsegner, Noah Hartley, Rachel Heberling, Aaron Hughes, Tara Krause, Paul Leibow, Sigrid Mabel, Brian McCormack, Len Merlo, MaryAnn L. Miller, Walt Nygard, Sue On, Joanne Ross, Kenneth Schnall, Joan Sonnenfeld, Mike Stark, Vilja Virks-Lee, and Frank Wagner.
Cover Art: "Fracking Rig Poisoning a River" by Len Merlo.
Frontline Paper, formerly known as Combat Paper NJ, is a program under the socially engaging arts organization, Frontline Arts. The unique paper created in this program is handmade by Veterans from U.S. military uniforms. A Veteran’s art project since 2011, we Deconstruct our uniforms into postage stamp-size pieces, Reclaim them as paper using traditional papermaking tools and practices, and Communicate our stories through art. As we have grown, we have partnered with non-veteran groups and artists to share experience and ideas. Information on Frontline Arts is available at frontlinearts.org.
Accessibility: The exhibition is held in our Main Gallery on the upper level of the studios, accessible only by stairs located inside of the building. There are two flights of seven stairs to access the upper level. Staff will accompany any individual through gallery exhibits or a tour of the facilities if assistance or accommodation services are requested. There is seating available in the gallery.
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