Camarillo, Calif., June 6, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) Associate Professor of Art Luke Matjas will exhibit three large-scale works in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Ignite! The Art of Sustainability. The artwork will begin a three-year tour of cultural destinations throughout California at the UC Davis Design Museum in conjunction with the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.
The initial exhibition in Davis runs from June 18 through Aug. 31 and then moves to the Humboldt State University Art Gallery from Sept. 23 through Nov. 18. The destinations continue to Fresno’s Casa de Cultura (Feb. 10 – April 7, 2013), the Pasadena Museum of California Art (Aug. 11, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014), and the Museum of History and Art in Ontario (June 15 – Aug. 10, 2014).
As part of the 2011 Green Museums Initiative, 11 contemporary California artists were selected for inclusion in this groundbreaking exhibition. Curated by Kate Davies, each artist contends with issues of environmental sustainability in a variety of media, often using found, reused, recycled, or recyclable materials.
The traveling exhibition features three of Matjas’ massive digital/analog prints, which innovatively combine highly detailed graphite drawings with thousands of overlaid vector drawings. Matjas has investigated the intersection of art and science for well over a decade, creating a twisted world in which manmade objects and consumer excesses are directly fused with diorama-like views of the natural world. Existing somewhere between paleontology and “garbology,” this work meshes vacuum cleaners, traffic cones, coolers, and other invasive “species” directly alongside California’s distinctive flora and fauna.
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