Triage: A Propagation Project and Exhibition by Patricia Coates at CIVIC Space

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Triage: A Propagation Project by Patricia Coates

Exhibition Runs September 16th – 26th / Closing Reception Wednesday, September 25th at 7pm

CIVIC Space – 411 Pelissier Street, Windsor, Ontario

Triage: A Propagation Project by Patricia Coates is an ecological intervention and a commitment to acquiring a personal knowledge of the land where she lives. Essex County is a microcosm for global environmental and social concerns. A place of globally significant bio-diverse prairie and wetland, heavy industry, agriculture, and nuclear technology on the Detroit River, the area reveals a shaping of rural and urban landscapes where human disturbance is ongoing. The interface of natural and man-made environments further suggests a complex and conflicted human nature playing out in our relationship with the land: we want to save, own, and exploit it all at the same time. From this entangled, self-driven motive to protect and ‘save nature’ surfaces contradiction and, at times, a wilful, and absurd relationship with the ecology, revealing a significant human psychological dimension that defines us irreconcilably as both creative and destructive beings. During Triage, a search to acquire a personal knowledge of how the land, trees, soil, and the ecosystem as a whole function has revealed her own complicated relationship, in which good intentions and ‘saving nature’ are questioned.

The seedlings are grown from acorns gathered from Pin and Chinquapin Oaks, two Carolinian species indigenous to Essex County. The ‘pots’ were gleaned from city streets, rural roads, dumpsters and contributed to by family, friends and her own consumption. The trees will be planted on the restoration site and the Essex County landfill: enthalpy and entropy–growth and decay–playing out simultaneously.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 25th at 7pm for a closing reception at CIVIC Space. 

Umbrellas in a Tree

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Not sure what to say about it, it’s great and ridiculous.

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Trees Prevent Forest Fires

Fighting Forest Fires with Electricity from Trees

The idea is to use bioenergy from trees to power temperature and humidity sensors from which information will be used to alert US Forest Service of potential forest fires and conditions. I loveMIT.

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In Progress

Kim Boske, In Progress

In Progress by Kim Boske. From her statement, “I experience the “now” as a complex collection of all sorts of connected influences from the present and the past; a web of similarities and minute differences caused through the slight moving of time.”

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Tree Drawing

Tim Knowles Tree Drawing

Attaching pens to branches of trees, Tim Knowler produces tree drawings, or rather, sets up the situation in which a tree can produce drawings. I was pleasantly reminded of his work, having come across it sometime last summer, through an email and Inhabitant.

From his artist statement,

“The exploration of Chance and Process is core to my artistic practice. Akin to scientific experimentation and investigation, the results of my projects [although operating within carefully developed controls and parameters] are unpredictable and outside my control. It is the wind, postmen, the motion of a vehicle, or players of a game that unwittingly determine the outcome.” 

I will be forever interested in the idea of chance within artwork, especially when the elements of chance are coming from nature.

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