Brandon Ballengée

Collapse: The Cry of
Silent Forms

May 5 – July 31, 2012


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Collapse, 2012
(detail)
mixed-media installation including 26,162
preserved specimens representing 370
species


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Collapse, 2012
mixed-media installation including 26,162
preserved specimens representing 370
species in Preffer and Carosafe preservative
solutions
12 x 15 x 15 feet
Brandon Ballengée with Todd Gardner, Jack
Rudloe, Brian Schiering and Peter Warny


Styx, 1996-2012
(detail)
sculptural light box installation with 13 preserved
cleared and stained deformed Pacific treefrog
specimens from Aptos, California
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Styx, 1996-2012
sculptural light box installation with 13 preserved
cleared and stained deformed Pacific treefrog
specimens from Aptos, California

2 feet x 15 feet x 40 inches
In scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions

 


Eyeless Baby Dolphin from Dedicated,
2012

photographs and illustrations by Gulf Coast
participants
This photograph was taken by Charles Taylor on
March 1, 2012 in Waveland, MI.


Eyeless Baby Dolphin from Dedicated,
2012
(detail)

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Video still from Committed, 2012
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Video still from Committed, 2012
BP advertisements with running text
in rebuttal

video: 16 minutes and 13 seconds

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Vertical Fall in the Winter call
that dances in the spring nocturnal...,

2010/2012

from "A Season in Hell Series, Deadly Born Cry"
unique digital chromogenic print
cleared and stained hatchling Song sparrows found
dead of an unknown cause in the wild
68 1/2 x 90 inches
In scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions
Title from a poem by KuyDelair


Moonlight chant in the metamorphosis
hanged up to the Air,
2010/2012
from "A Season in Hell Series, Deadly Born Cry"
unique digital chromogenic print
cleared and stained laboratory reared research
Domestic chicken embryo with missing wings and
legs
78 x 54 inches
In scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions
Title from a poem by KuyDelair

DFA 83, Karkinos,
2001/2007
from "Malamp Reliquaries" (2001-ongoing)
scanner photograph of cleared and stained
deformed multi-limbed Pacific treefrog from
Aptos, California

unique digital chromogenic print on
watercolor paper

47 1/8 x 35 1/2 inches
In scientific collaboration with Richard Sunter
Title by KuyDelair


DFB 42, Êléktra Ozomène
, 2008/2012
from "Malamp Reliquaries" (2001-ongoing)
scanner photograph of cleared and stained
deformed multi-limbed Pacific treefrog from
Aptos, California

unique digital chromogenic print on
watercolor paper

45 1/2 x 34 inches
In scientific collaboration with Richard Sunter
Title by KuyDelair



Click here for a PDF version of the following Press Release

                                                                        

                                                                                                                                              
BRANDON BALLENGÉE                                                           

Collapse: The Cry of Silent Forms
   
May 5 - June 16

Brandon Ballengée, a visual artist and biologist, will exhibit sculptural installations and photographs at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in his first major solo exhibition in New York.  The exhibition, Collapse: the Cry of Silent Forms, consists of three bodies of work that explore the effect of ecological degradation on marine life and avian and amphibian populations.  Synthesizing scientific inquiry with art-making, Ballengée transforms his field research into metaphors that reveal the fragility of life forms in degraded ecosystems.  

Collapse responds to the global crisis of the world’s fisheries and the current threat for the unraveling of the Gulf of Mexico’s food-chain following the BP oil spill.  The large-scale installation, a pyramid display of hundreds of preserved fish and other aquatic organisms in gallon jars, recalls the fragile inter-relationships between Gulf species.  Empty containers represent species in decline or those already lost to extinction.

A Season in Hell Series: Deadly Born Cry, (2010/2011) asks what does it mean when an individual bird’s gift of flight is taken away or does not develop because of untimely death?  Unique scanned photographs portray birds that have been mechanically altered in utero to prohibit wing development and, additionally, young birds that were found dead for unknown reasons.  The art critic Lucy Lippard has written: There is a cruel intimacy about our viewing of these tiny corpses, with their disturbing, malfunctioning beauty we have helped to create. … At the same time, the artist brings back to life a damaged creature’s unexpected originality and its mythical quality.                                                                         

Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians (1996-ongoing), which studies this species for its sensitivity to changes in the environment, includes three different works.  Reliquaries (2001-ongoing) comprises photographs of scanned frogs, treated to bring them to a transparent state - memorials of short-lived non-human life.  The installation Styx (1996/2012) allows the viewer to observe actual chemically cleared and stained multi-limbed frog specimens lit to resemble gems or stained-glass.  Un Requiem pour Flocons de Neige Blessés (2009/2011) combines music with video portraits of metamorphic toads whose trauma during development fate them to early death as they travel from water to land.

The exhibition will travel to the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, Louisiana in the fall of 2012.

Many of Ballengée’s works for this exhibition are made in collaboration with other scientists, artists and public participants.  The “Collapse” sculpture was created by Ballengée et al. (B. Ballengée with T. Gardner, J. Rudloe, B. Schiering and P. Warny). The video works “Committed” and “Dedicated” were created by Ballengée et al. (B. Ballengée with A. Ballengée, P. Henken, M. Madden, and G. Wilson). The video work “Un Requiem pour Flocons de Neige Blessés” (A Requiem for Injured Snowflakes) includes an original musical score by Ariel Benjamin and Andrew Pasco (aka Andi Diluvian) and was created in scientific collaboration with S. Sessions and D. Green. “A Season in Hell Series: Deadly Born Cry” and the “Malamp” works were created in scientific collaboration with S. Sessions with titles by the poet KuyDelair.

Brandon Ballengée has exhibited widely, including recent solo exhibitions at Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy and The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, England.  Love Motel for Insects: Washington DC Variation, an outdoor installation series and backdrop for community engagement, is currently on view at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.  Ballengée is Professor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, a visiting scientist at McGill University, and a National Audubon Society Conservation Fellow.  He is finalizing his Ph.D. through a collaborative program between the University of Plymouth, England and Hochschule für Gestaltung in Zurich, Switzerland.  Catalogues of his work are available for sale at the Feldman Gallery.

There will be a reception on Saturday, May 5, 6-8. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10-6. Monday by appointment.  For more information, contact Sarah Paulson at (212) 226-3232 or sarah@feldmangallery.com

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