Natural Alchemy, Art Exhibition

Natural Alchemy

Cityscape Community Art Space

March 22 - May 4, 2019
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9am-5pm

Presenting artists Willoughby Arevalo, Katherine Duclos, Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck, and Phyllis Schwartz incorporate organic and plant-based materials, as well as natural processes to help shape the outcomes of their compositions. Through painting, printmaking, installation and photography this exhibition highlights the beauty, connectivity and impermanence of the biosphere and geosphere, helping us to understand how growth, decay, and geological processes play a vital role in shaping our environment.

The Anthropocene is Earth's most recent anthropogenic geologic period. Humans have altered atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes. But is altered an accurate description of the process we are witnessing? These systems are becoming increasingly destructive as we wrestle with terms like "climate change" in disbelief; or should this term be "global destruction" better describe what we are witnessing?We are in a global crisis that threatens our very existence, and in a state of shock; our minds are watching a disaster unfold in slow motion, unable to act to preserve ourselves. Our leaders are clinging to old ideas and accelerating this destruction. Often while photographing a striking scene, I realize that what first fascinated me is not normal, but rather an uncanny opening chapter to a horror story where nature is turning on us. This exhibition, Natural Alchemy, contains images of some of those moments and places where I recognize the impending progressive disaster.The art exhibition Natural Alchemy, from March 22 to May 4th, 2019, contains works that reflect the forces and cycles of our environment. Anthropocene elements are now part of these forces and cycles three pieces of mind in this show such as Slocan River Flood, Sawmill and Tides Reach Sailing Centre reflect this directly. The Slocan River Flood illustrates the flooding that occurred all along Boundary Country in British Columbia, and Tides Reach Sailing Centre shows how the King tides are now overflowing Vancouver beaches into areas they have not been before. Sawmill is a reflection of one of the many things humanity is doing that has brought on these events.Every season brings a more and more explicit message that we need to adopt more advanced methods of coexisting within our fragile our biosphere. The good news is we have the technology to make this change within a 10-year span; now we need leaders to lead us there.Edward Peck


Underwater Ranch Similkameen Valley, 2018 Boundary Floods



Anthropocene Event at the RV Park Kettle River



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