Under Water

November 8 – December 9, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 4:00 to 6:00pm

Water has long been an inspiration to artists from all disciplines and has served as the subject of songs, novels, poems and paintings.  A number of contemporary visual artists have addressed water in their work, from the purely aesthetic to the pointedly political - and all points in between.  Under Water presents a selection of regional, national, and internationally recognized artists who portray water both directly and metaphorically, and in one instance literally as a material in her sculpture.  Participating artists include Jenny Bloomfield, Pegan Brooke, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Christel Dillbohner, Minkeo Grimmer, Doug Hall, Helen and Newton Harrison, Eirik Johnson, Michael Kenna, Tony King, Danae Mattes, Vik Muniz, Pat Steir, Larry Sultan, and Catherine Wagner. 

Water - virtually all life on Earth depends on it.  Approximately 71% of the planet’s surface is covered by it; more than 50% of the average human body’s weight is composed of it; and now there appears to be evidence it once flowed on Mars.  Water can be liquid, frozen, or vaporous.  It is perhaps our most precious resource yet one that is threatened by natural phenomenon, such as drought, and by human intervention through waste, pollution, and climate change.  In oceans and rivers, it is in constant motion and teeming with life.  Water can be beautiful to look at, therapeutic to be float on, and restorative to drink.  It also can be hazardous, terrifying, and even lethal.

Under Water has been organized in conjunction with Water Works, an innovative, cross-disciplinary series about water that will weave together a wide range of lectures, performances, and artistic events at Sonoma State University during the current academic year.