CLIMATIC CONTOURS - CRAIG VOLIGNY
Through Craig Voligny’s large scale paintings, viewers will explore how the content of natural objects spread over disparate climatic zones are visualized differently between artistic and scientific view points, and specifically through the lens of paleoclimatology.
Over the past three years Craig had the opportunity to live and work in a variety of environments, the sub-tropics, and the sub-arctic and temperate mountain climate of Asheville, North Carolina.
“I moved between climatic zones by choice, in contrast; our climate is moving because of our choices. During the 19th century, the naturalist, geographer and explorer, A.V. Humboldt, devised a system of linking the earth’s regions by common average mean temperature as represented by isothermal lines. This led to the mapping of the earth’s climatic boundaries, which have since shifted. The reality that Asheville could one day be sub-tropical, the sub-arctic temperate and the tropics even hotter is striking.”
In this exhibition, Craig aims to blur climatic boundaries by referencing natural forms and phenomena found in a variety of climates under one space. These forms, plant growth, old-growth tree stumps, melting layers of permafrost, fossilized coral colonies, are rich in climatic data to the climatologist. For Craig these objects are equally rich in content and aesthetic qualities of pattern, surface texture and form to be creatively manipulated.
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