VSF will be recreating in its indoor and outdoor galleries iconic works by The Harrisons for the first time including a fully functioning brine shrimp farm and a worm composting farm. The exhibit will run from January 24th through March 18th. An opening reception will be held on January 28th from 2-5pm.
Considered by many as the founders of the eco-art movement since the late 60s, the collaborative team of Newton Harrison (b. 1932) and Helen Mayer Harrison (b.1929), often simply referred to as The Harrisons, have harnessed a multitude of artistic trends as diverse as minimalist sculpture, systems esthetics, color field painting, and land art in the service of a discourse about environmental sustainability. For nearly fifty years, The Harrisons have worked with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate global dialogues while proposing solutions for increased biodiversity and community development.
Often simply referred to as “The Harrisons”, the husband and wife team are leading pioneers of the eco-art movement. For nearly fifty years, the Harrisons have produced work across a vast range of disciplines, working in collaboration with biologists, ecologists, historians, activists, architects, urban planners and fellow artists to initiate dialogues and create works exploring biodiversity and community development. Helen and Newton Harrison are both Professors Emeriti at University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, San Diego. The Harrisons live and work in Santa Cruz, California.
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