The Climate Gallery Presents
A study In Artivism
Coming November 11-15 2022
Join us as we explore artistic expressions, activism, and their impact on the climate movement.
Art·iv·ism: A portmanteau of the words “art” and “activism.”
The term “artivism” originates with the Chicano movement in Los Angeles in the late 1960’s. We believe this word perfectly articulates the innate power of art to communicate, persuade, and engage in community dialogues. Today we are applying it to express our collective climate struggle.
Climate crisis is an urgent topic that is multi-faceted and complex. It can be difficult to digest, both emotionally and intellectually. Luckily, we have artists– some of the most equipt individuals in our society at connecting, communicating, and empowering others in taking actions. That’s why we select the theme of “Artivism.” We’d like to feature artists that are using their talents to encourage action or needed conversations in their communities.
We purposely kept the theme broad in our first exhibition with the hope of touching a diverse selection of climate topics as interpreted and expressed by artists with various media. We hope you will be inspired by their artistic forms of climate activism and motivated to take more meaningful climate actions in your daily lives.
Meet The Artists
Mira Musank is a textile upcycling artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her creative garments are inspired by runway experiences from her fashion blogging days. Mira’s medium is sewing, weaving, and hand embroidery.
Mira’s materials of choice are pre-owned clothes, factory cut-offs, and fabric samples. These so-called “textile wastes” are actually treasures that she transforms into custom garments and home decor. She also works to redistribute rescued materials to the local community for creative reuse.Her works of reimagining, repairing, and refashioning garments can be seen at fafafoom.com and @miramusank on Instagram. She’s always looking for new channels and collaborations to expand awareness around textile overconsumption and waste. Mira and her works have been profiled in publications such as California Elegance book (Rizzoli New York) and Simply Sewing Magazine (United Kingdom).
Klara Maisch documents landscape change in oil paintings created on location. She travels to remote regions of Alaska to paint throughout the seasons. Scientific research and direct experiences with the physical forces that shape a landscape inform the visual dynamics in her work. Her current projects center around climate change in the context of specific landscapes, including areas affected by wildfire, glacier retreat, and advancing treeline. Klara’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Alaska, California, Washington, and Hawaii. She lives and works in Fairbanks, Alaska. You can see more of her work at www.klaramaisch.com and @klaramaisch on Instagram.
David Solnit is an arts organizer, sign painter, printmaker, puppeteer, and carpenter who lives and works in Northern California.
His artwork – signs, banners, flags, puppetry, and street murals created in collaboration with social change activists and artists – has been exhibited in strikes, blockades, occupations, sit-ins, and mass marches.
He is the editor of Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World (City Lights Books).
Minori Murata is an art director and visual artist born in 1992 and based in Tokyo, Japan. Murata’s practice is based on compositing, processing, and collaging. She originates high-calorie visual expressions and motion graphics videos with a large amount of information.
Murata primarily directed and produced visual art in advertising for fashion brands such as Adidas, NIKE, GAP, BEAMS, and fashion department stores such as Laforet Harajuku, PARCO and she also directed art for “Imma-ten” which was organized by imma; the world’s first virtual model.
Murata was invited as an AR visual artist to exhibit at “work to eat” in NYC NFT 2022. After Murata stayed in India in 2019, she created the artwork and installation “GODS AND MOM BELIEVE IN YOU” for Stealable Art Exhibition at SAMA GALLERY. She founded “HYPE FREE WATER” with the artist KOM-I in 2020. Murata produces fictional advertisements based on environmentalism and the theme of water for visual art to inspire artivism in Tokyo.
ROSE MCADOO is a visual artist using cake as her medium for raising awareness around global issues. Her unique edible art centers around human stories and the environment, leading her to make cakes with remote populations in some of the world’s most extreme environments.
Calling both poles home, Rose works as an ice climbing and helicopter glacier guide in Alaska and co-manages a NASA atmospheric research camp in Antarctica. Throughout her career, Rose’s work has been layered between journeys abroad: making sweets in the desert with Kenya’s Maasai tribe, alongside Congolese porters on Virunga’s volcano summit, and behind bars at Los Angeles County State Prison and NYC’s Rikers Correctional Facility. She recently completed a 10-day backcountry art residency with the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project and makes environmentally educated desserts in the wild using the earth as both tool and ingredient.
On the day of their ticket purchase, attendees will be able to experience the 4 connected art galleries, network with fellow attendees, and hear from one of the featured artists. After their attendance, they will receive access to the galleries in perpetuity.
- Purchase tickets: Attendees will purchase tickets for 1 of the 5 days of the exhibit weeks in advance of the showing.
- Attend via computer, phone, or headset: Wherever you are, if you have a decent internet connection you should be able to attend the gallery.
- Meet new people: The Climate Gallery will be an intimate online experience where people will be able to experience something new and have folks to talk to about it.
- Converse with an artist: Hear from the featured artist in an intimate space and be able to ask them questions.
- Receive perpetuity link: After the event, attendees will receive links that allow them to visit the galleries whenever they want.
- Contribute to the arts. Take climate action: By buying a ticket, attendees will be helping to pay artists for their work and contribute to a climate micro-grant fund that will be dispersed to climate organizations.
Donor & Sponsor Overview
Join in building the first climate-based art gallery. Support our vision to continue building a climate art hub, funding artists and climate direct action artists.
- Support artists: Sponsors and donors directly increase our ability to compensate artists, give them platform and speaking time.
- Support climate organizations: With our micro-grant program, we directly give to organizations working on the ground.
- Increase our capacity: Help us expand our resources and capabilities to put on more exhibits, both online and in-person.
- Attend our in-person pop-up: Attend our San Francisco-based, in-person art pop-up and fundraiser.
- Name on the Gallery wall: Get your name or organizational logo on our website and in the VR gallery entrance.