The Woskob Family Gallery is a space for contemporary arts and culture in downtown State College, PA.
Seeing Water: Stacy Levy and Eve Mosher in Conversation
September 26, 2017
Join the Woskob Family Gallery for a conversation with artists Stacy Levy and Eve Mosher on Tuesday, September 26 at 6 PM. The conversation is held in conjunction with the exhibition SEEP and will be followed by a reception for local stakeholders to discuss water in our community and beyond. In their work, Levy and Mosher illuminate the social, environmental, and economic ties between water and human well-being.
Stacy Levy often works with large collaborative groups because of the scale of her projects. In her artist’s statement, she explains that this collaboration is not solely with other artists, but rather scientists and individuals that work in other related fields. Her works expose the natural phenomena that inhabit the site, particularly within an urban setting.
Levy works in the tradition of eco-art, often drawing inspiration from and commenting on works of artists who started this tradition. Spiral Wetlands takes Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty to the next level: in her words, it “envisions the next stage of our thinking: to heal and transform the environment for the better.”
Levy’s project Riverine, made from 600 stems of painted Styrofoam buoys mounted on top of 18’ tall bamboo poles, worked with the natural elements in Niigata, Japan. The project was intended to prompt Niigata to plant a bare root willow seed in each of the holes left behind by the bamboo. While the plantings never happened, this project highlights Levy’s interest in creating projects with a lasting positive impact on the environment.
Eve Mosher’s large-scale works rely on audience participation to achieve her goal of exploring human interaction within the environment. Her work is meant to spark public conversation and is largely performance-based prompting an exploration of urban spaces.
Often, Mosher’s work uses the environment and public projects to enlighten people of the impacts of environmental destruction. She is invested in urban ecology and sustainability, and her works display her passion. The grants and publicity she has received for her works further her goal of reaching the public.
Her HighWaterLine project represents a visualization of climate change in the urban environment. In its original 2007 iteration, Mosher pushed around a metal cart depositing blue chalk lines tracking the path of floodwaters in New York City. Her project has expanded to other cities including Philadelphia, Miami, and Bristol. Each initiative is led through collaboration with a concerned local (individual or group), which takes the idea from the original project and interprets it for their community.
For more information on the artists visit their websites and join us for their conversation at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center.
Stacy Levy: https://www.stacylevy.com
Eve Moser: http://www.evemosher.com/