Opening Saturday September 12, 12 pm – 9 pm
September 12 – October 4
(Featured image: Michel Varisco, Alert, 25″ x 38″)
Good Children Gallery is proud to present These Last Days Of Now: Michel Varisco | Julie Dermansky. Through the lenses of magical realism and documentary photography, Michel Varisco and Julie Dermansky offer a peak from the precipice of the alarming impacts of a warming planet and the rising tides already at our shores.
Michel Varisco’s eerie underwater portraits of a thalassic colony abide in a liminal zone, somewhere between “no longer,” “not yet” and the “eternal now”. The photographs are shot in wild settings where the individuals seem as natural as the watery landscapes they inhabit. In this space they move with submerged ancient tree trunks and moss covered eel grasses having to adapt to their existential quagmire.
Varisco uses photography, sculpture, and site specific installation to explore environmental concerns. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Her most recent collaboration is with poet Rodger Kamenetz in the limited edition book entitled The Sea Bed available for purchase with proceeds going to The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indian tribe.
Julie Dermansky is a rigorous documenter of human’s role in global warming and its impacts. Her work includes images of some of this decade’s worst environmental and climate related disasters in the United States, from Hurricane Michael, to the BP oil spill, and the toxic blue green and red algae blooms in Florida. She uses irony and intensely uncomfortable juxtapositions to describe the relationships that have evolved in communities, including the stretch along the Mississippi River known as “Cancer Alley”. The work included in this exhibition features images related to rising tide and polluted water in coastal areas such as Florida, Texas, New York, Louisiana and the Carolinas. Dermansky’s stark reportage on issues related to climate change has been published widely from the Guardian, Bloomberg News, MotherJones to DeSmog, an environmental news source.