Susan Laney’s contemporary art gallery is headed to the beach with this month's exhibition.
Their latest exhibition, "Entanglements," features work by three Savannah-based and three Atlanta-based artists whose formal and conceptual considerations are rooted in exploring complex social structures, relationships, and ecosystems. Recent work by Suzanne Jackson, Sonya Yong James, Pam Longobardi, Jiha Moon, Sharon Norwood, and Liz Sargent are featured in the gallery.Get Savannah arts and culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our Dine Savannah and Do update newsletters
Working in a variety of media — painting, drawing, installation, and sculpture, including fibers and ceramics — each artist’s creative practice tracks, teases out, intuits, or otherwise systematizes observations about order and disorder, and perhaps all the entanglements in between. Their formal decisions serve as conceptual metaphors for the tensions that can be found embedded, or deeply layered, within ourselves, our habits and practices, our cultural assumptions and interactions with others, and our interconnected relationship with the natural environment.
"Entanglements" approaches an idea Longobardi often explores, that “not only is no person an island, no island is an island,” and emphasizes the strength of the bonds that can tie us together. With this realization in mind, Laney decided to do something about it.
“I am sending a call out to the general public to join us October 20th for an Artists for the Beach Clean-Up. We are partnering with two amazing organizations: Fight Dirty Tybee, which is Tybee Island's grassroots anti-litter campaign that also educates in ways of reducing litter; and Oceana, a nonprofit ocean conservation organization focused on influencing specific policy decisions on the national level to preserve and restore the world's oceans. The idea is to have artists, residents and families take part in a beach clean up as the summer days wind down — a perfect time as the tourists leave (and allow) us to get our shores ready for the winter season.”
According to Ocean Conservancy Organization, volunteers have picked up more than 220 million pounds of trash in the last 30 years from beaches while scientists estimate that more than eight million metric tons of plastic are entering the oceans each year. Scientists warn that if we do not act now, there could be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the ocean within the next decade.
“The estimates and numbers of oceanic pollution are staggering. We can no longer ignore the impact it will cause for future generations," Laney said. "While many will argue that there are bigger problems in other beaches around the world, we can’t ignore that each one of our oceans are in some way connected. We know debris travels through our waterways. We know marine life are also ingesting some of these plastics and debris and if cleaning up isn’t enough the most interesting-bizarre plastic finds will have a permanent spot in Pam Longobardi's Drifters Project Archive! Come out to support ocean wildlife and creative initiatives.”
The exhibit will be on display at Laney Contemporary, 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd., until Oct. 26 with a closing reception and artist talk held on Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.