CLICK HERE to read about the Stamford Train Station project featured in the New York Times article "At Sundown, Train Station Trades In Drab for Dazzling."
October 29th - December 12th, 2010
Joy Wulke, Exhibition at Elexey von Schlippe Gallery,
University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT www.averypointarts.uconn.edu
I continue to work on a series of experiential works that represent and reveal the history of climate change, past present and future, focused specifically on melting glaciers and rising sea levels. As a residence of a New England coastal town I am acutely aware of the changes coming to the profile of our coastline as has happened in the past when the Wisconsin Glacier receded engulfing Connecticut Lake and creating the Long Island Sound. I strive through my work to visualize both the dangerous beauty and the consequences of rising seas. This on-going work includes sculpture, photographs, drawings and instillations.
My practice includes collaborations with scientists, ecologists and media artists along with research into mythology and historical visual references to changing landforms. The representation of this information in works of art and multi media sited installations throughout the North East and Montana are presented through Projects2k an art/science/ecology non-profit collaborative I founded in 1993 to open a forum for cross disciplinary dialogue in stewardship of the Earth.
My travels in Iceland sponsored by a Professional Development Grant from Rhode Island School of Design in September 2009 and a sculpture commission in Argentina, April 2010, provided me with not only visual information but local life-time experiences/stories about the rapidly changing glacial landscape. My time spent documenting the phenomenon of global warming as observed through retreating glaciers and rising sea levels in the Northern and Southern hemispheres is the inspiration for this exhibition. The land speaks.
IZZY the FROG in LUMINALAND
Thursday, October 21
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
We would like to invite you to IZZY the FROG in LUMINALAND, an experiential installation which will lead viewers and participants through a landscape of reflective ponds of water, moving images and light, glass structures, bubbling water tanks, a series of large drawn images, accompanied by a soundtrack produced in collaboration with Istvan Peter B'Racz. The installation illustrates stories of the evolution of our relationship with toads and frogs as symbols of transformation through multicultural myths and as the species of warning of universal ecological breakdown.
Inspiration planet Earth: Creating art in the natural world
By Lisa Reisman, Special to the Shoreline Times
Ask Branford sculptor Joy Wulke what inspires her art and she returns to the magical waterfall of sparks and fire at Yosemite Park that captivated her on summer trips with her family as a girl. At nine o'clock every night, she recalls, "A man would call out to the top of Glacier Point 'let the fire fall!'" At which point a great bonfire of red fir would be pushed evenly over the edge of the 3,000-foot cliff, the burning hot embers appearing as lava flowing out of a volcano. That the illusion of the Yosemite Firefalls did not spring naturally but was carefully choreographed opened Wulke's eyes to the potential of human beings to create art in nature. [ more ]
San Raphael, Argentina April 2010
A commission for the Finca Amistad. The assignment was to build a sculpture from materials gathered from the Finca property, a great experience in seeing in detail the color and textures of the land. Following are comments from the Finca resident.
"Mariana just came back from The Piedras Encantadas and was very touched, she told me, by the beauty of what you have created. It is a real and sincere compliment. We know her for some years now and I can tell she felt something in front of your work."
So, if agreed, the title "Piedras encantadas" could reflect:
- the joy of stones accessing to an elevation out of the alternance of dust or mud they where incarcerated for million of years. They sure are happy, enchanted (encantadas) by their new aerial destiny getting to see the mountains they come from.
- the fact that when we meet somebody for the first time we are opening a path to a new friendship by saying that we are "encantado" (masculine) or "encantada" (feminine). So, this will be a meeting point, where every potentially new friend could bring or touch a stone saying this magic word.
- it is also through their song when the wind is blowing in the right direction, that they are singing (cantar -> encantar) how enchanted they are. Singing has always some connection with "magic" (Mozart "Die Zauber Flotte").
One could go on and on like leaving no stone unturned and experiencing the enchantment of a new discovery every time. But those stones are not only enchanted and enchanting they are also strong and resilient and we need that.
THE GREAT ALONE
A Limited Edition Art Book by Joy Wulke
Two Dot, Montana and its surrounding ranches have a population of 76. In the middle of one cattle ranch of 136,000 acres is the Bear Creek school house from the early 20th Century marking the history of the area. This limited-edition book represents a 22 year photographic documentation of its natural degeneration.
Wulke was awarded the 2009 Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation in Community Leadership. www.ct.org
With special thanks to:
SUSAN FARRICIELLI who nominated me and is the most knowledgeable
person I know when it comes to new and innovative building materials,a leader in C(omputer) A(id) D(esign) innovation, as well as being an accomplished inventor and artist.
FRANCES WHITNEY who introduced me to the technology of Laser light as well as designing the jewelry and an inventor of political hats and much, much more. She was the first woman member of the Century Club in New York City. She passed away peacefully at age 94 in 2006.
JAMIE BURNETT "Techno wizard", my technology collaborator for the
multi media Terra Series spectacles.
Art Case for Display
D.H. Hill Library
North Carolina State University
The Great Alone
Joy Wulke visited the Bear Creek School House in Two Dot, Montana for over twenty two years, 1983-2003, documenting the small building as it moved toward the balance between the built environment and nature . It is a study of light. The shadow and light patterns reveal increasingly complex patterns projected through the slowly changing infrastructure. The sunlight is guided in some images by the inclusion of translucent silk panels and others by gathered bones found around the building, which is located on a 136,000 acre working cattle ranch. The silk captures the wind as well as light and shadow and the bones seem to absorb then project the light. Wulke has occupied the school house absorbing the spirits of those who built and occupied it. She perceives the building as a living/animistic character sharing its strength and vulnerabilities through its graceful return to the exiting landscape nearly 100 years after it was built. These images appear as animistic ancestors speaking to us about hope and memory, the transitions in the cycle of all life.
Copper Village Museum of Arts Center
June 1 - August 1, 2009
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
Great Falls, Montana
August 27-October 23, 2009