Inspired by the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi” where “they paved paradise and they put up a parking lot,” Beyond the Parking Lot will motivate the viewer to think how we have used the land that surrounds us in our everyday life.
The way in which we live is dictated by a complex system developed over a century based on the use of the automobile. The parking lot is symbolic of this system. But now, we have experienced that parking lots, along with buildings, grow old and become non functional due to demographic shifts. In turn, nature begins the reclamation of these land coverings. These scarred landscapes, covered in pavement be it vacated buildings, their parking lots and roadways can be found in any part of the United States and the question is asked, do we have the obligation to return our landscape back to its original condition? This exhibit shows contemporary landscapes, by artists who are observing these changes, exposing the use of the environment in compromising ways and will instigate the discussion of “where do we go from here?” The answer is for the viewer to determine. Find out what you can do to help.
Exhibiting artists include Amanda Burnham (Baltimore, Maryland); Maya Ciarrocchi (New York, New York); Julia Christensen (Oberlin, Ohio); Richard Crozier (Charlottesville, Virginia); Frank Hallam Day (Washington, DC); Gregory Euclide (Le Sueur, Minnesota); Alex Lukas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Rachel Sitkin (Baltimore, Maryland); and Trevor Young (Washington, DC).
Check out Beyond the Parking Lot in the press!
-Washington City Paper, Fri. Aug 24, 2012
“Beyond the Parking Lot” at Artisphere, by Kriston Capps
-artdaily.org, Monday, August 27, 2012
“Beyond the parking lot: Contemporary artists interpret the change and re-assessment of our modern landscape”
Amanda Burnham photo and short description of exhibit
-The Connection, Aug. 23, 2012
-The DC Docent, Aug 24, 2012
-DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Aug 1, 2012
-Sun Gazette, August 30, 2012
-Dcist, August 2012
-Washington Post, Friday, August 31 2012
-The Washington City Paper, August 29, 2012
Image: Frank Hallam Day, Image 3 of Baltimore Panorama, I-95 and I-395, 1994