Sunday, Sep 20, 12-5 PM

These Last Days of Now: Michel Varisco and Julie Dermansky

Good Children Gallery
FREE

These Last Days Of Now Michel Varisco and Julie Dermansky are two artists from the global north, hailing from both New Orleans and New York, who present photography in an exhibition about climate change. Varisco employs staged portraiture and "magical realism" while Dermansky utilizes documentary photography. Each artist describes a warming planet, rising tides, and our shared threatened future. Individually, they create narratives armed with a singular fact: that the impact of climate change is already at our shores. Varisco’s photo works are eerie underwater portraits of a thalassic colony, which abide in a liminal zone, somewhere between "no longer,” “not yet” and the “eternal now”. The photographs are shot in wild settings where the individuals seem as natural as the watery landscapes they inhabit. In this space they move with submerged ancient tree trunks and moss covered eel grasses having to adapt to their existential quagmire. Dermansky is a rigorous documenter of human’s role in global warming and its impacts. Her work includes images of some of this decade’s worst environmental and climate related disasters in the United States, from Hurricane Michael, to the BP oil spill, and the toxic blue green and red algae blooms in Florida. She uses irony and intensely uncomfortable juxtapositions to describe the relationships that have evolved in communities, including the stretch along the Mississippi River known as “Cancer Alley”. The work included in this exhibition features images related to rising tide and polluted water in coastal areas such as Florida, Texas, New York, Louisiana and the Carolinas. The artists first crossed paths when they were both photographing the BP oil spill in 2010. Catching flights and boat rides with the US Coast Guard, Wildlife and Fisheries agents and local fishermen, they documented what they witnessed and returned to their audiences with insightful presentations and interpretations. Dermansky’s stark reportage on issues related to climate change has be published widely from the Guardian, Bloomberg News, MotherJones to DeSmog, an environmental news source. Varisco uses photography, sculpture, and site specific installations to explore and synthesize concerns and her work is exhibited and published internationally. Her most recent collaboration is with poet Rodger Kamenetz in the limited edition book entitled The Sea Bed available for purchase with proceeds going to The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indian tribe. These Last Days of Now draws attention to the manifold ways humans have dominated natural environments along with some of the resulting consequences. These works of these 2 women artists provide a peak from the precipice. Images included in press packet are to be used only for promotion or reviews of this show. For more information or an interview, please contact: michelmvarisco@gmail.com and jsdart@me.com This exhibition is powered by solar energy.