Texts of Brandon Ballengée
We are in the middle of a mass extinction event, referred to as the Anthropocene or Sixth Great Extinction. Here, many familiar species, like frogs, turtles, butterflies, bumblebees are disappearing…and rapidly. We have lost over forty percent of amphibians and more than half the planet’ overall wildlife since I have been alive. The renowned scientist and environmental philosopher Edward O. Wilson has even described this era as the Eremozoic (eremo coming from the Greek for lonely or bereft) or the "Age of Loneliness".
I am proud to announce the opening of the exhibition Brandon Ballengée: The Age of Loneliness at the Acadiana Center for the Arts last weekend, on view until January 8th, 2022. I have wanted to bring Collapse to Louisiana for nearly a decade.
Collapse, 2010/12. Created in scientific collaboration with Todd Gardner, Jack Rudloe and Peter Warny.
Collapse is a sculptural response to the global crisis for the world’ fisheries and the threat of unraveling the Gulf of Mexico’ food-
The Framework of Absence, 2006-
We are in the middle of a biodiversity crisis, often referred to as the Holocene or Sixth great extinction, Species are disappearing at upwards of a thousand times the natural rate. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of animals have disappeared from the Americas in recent centuries. Such extinctions started when the Europeans first colonized these new lands and have continued until today with recent losses like the Eastern cougar (2013), the Pinta Island Tortoise (2012), The Florida Fairy shrimp (2011) and many others.
Responding to this cataclysm, I physically cut images of missing animals from historic prints and publications printed at the time in history when the depicted species became extinct. For example, in RIP Pied or Labrador Duck: After John James Audubon (1856/2007), the image of the birds was removed from an original 1856 Royal Octavo (hand-
Acquired over several years, these prints, dating from 1640 to 2014, reflect the long-
The Frameworks of Absence is accompanied by The Book of the Dead, a memory book of lost species that is available as a pdf to the public.
Love Motel for Insects, 2001-
Love Motel for Insects is an ongoing series of public art installations intended to construct situations between humans and arthropods. The works use ultra-
The Love Motels for Insects sculptures began in 2001 in Central America. At this time the initial structures were made from battery powered black lights and bed-
Exhibition 09 October 2021 -
Brandon Ballengée, The Age of Loneliness, Acadania Centre for the Arts, Lafayette.
Photograph courtesy The Current
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