Katherine McLeod, Perfectly Proportioned, Shy and a Bit Suprised, 2010 Pencil and gouache on paper 16” x 12”

Voyage on Uncanny Seas
Curated by Mark Dion

The exhibition Voyage on Uncanny Seas convenes a collection of visual artists committed to a focused consideration of the Ocean. Two recent significant marine events function as the polar opposite touchstones for the conceptual framework of the exhibition.

The first is the completion of the decade long Census of Marine Life, the world’s largest scientific collaboration which brought together 2,700 scientists from 80 nations to conduct over 530 expeditions of discovery to develop a comprehensive view of the past, present and future of life in the world’s seas. This resulted in the finding of more that 6000 new species, of which only 1500 have been thus far described. The oceans were affirmed as the site of mega-biodiversity, and animals and plants of uncanny strangeness and wondrous behavior were brought to light.

The second touchstone is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an environmental catastrophe of such dreadful magnitude that its extensive damage to marine habitats will be felt for decades to come. Between April 20th and September 19th 2010, over 4,900,000 barrels of crude oil escaped into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, creating an 80 square mile kill zone.

Voyage on Uncanny Seas exhibits works by David Brooks, Pam Longobardi, Katherine McLeod, Juan Valadez, Bryan Wilson, Barbara De Vries, David Brooks, Dana Sherwood, Alexis Rockman, Brian Booth, James Prosek, and Klara Hobza.