SHIM Eco: The Coral Reef Principle

SHIM Eco: The Coral Reef Principle

Ursa Gallery

From Nov 11 to Mar 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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SHIM Eco: The Coral Reef Principle
URSA Gallery
11 November 2021–12 March 2022

Opening reception: Thursday, 11 November, 6–9 pm
URSA Gallery
The Arcade Mall
1001 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT

Ursa Gallery is pleased to present SHIM Eco: The Coral Reef Principle, a seminal show of over one hundred works to focus on eco-activism and its transformational sensibility. It is the inaugural exhibition of SHIM Eco, the world’s first art community to concentrate solely on climate change and its economic and social disruptions. The participating artists hail from nearly a dozen countries—including Finland, Argentina, France, Italy, Greece, Africa, England, and the US—and present works in digital and analog formats to spotlight in myriad ways the urgent issues around sustainability and social engagement.

The exhibition is titled after the coral reef, a complimentary biosphere and the largest undesigned structure in the world. Crucially in this model there is no master architect, nor the need for one, because the structure literally builds and maintains itself once all the correct conditions exist. It is this concept, or “principle,” that the exhibition mirrors. At URSA, the actual installation of the art will also mimic the ways a coral reef operates by connecting larger works on walls with other smaller artworks that engage with the space of the floor, ceilings, and other in-between areas, and these works in turn will connect remotely via videos to other artists around the world. Featured artists include Ken Butler, whose hybrid musical instruments of repurposed and humble materials inspire transformation; Kathleen Vance, who sets miniature bucolic landscapes inside vintage suitcases, conjuring the sublime from the avant-garde; and German Pitre, who employs controversial symbols through recycled materials to challenge our perspectives.

URSA Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in the historic Arcade Mall in Bridgeport. URSA is founded by Bridgeport-based artist Cris Dam and is conceived in collaboration with Dustin Malstrom. For more information on URSA, visit www.ursa.gallery.

SHIM ECO exists as an online exhibitor group of the SHIM Art Network Artsy site page to allow artists to sell their sustainable eco-based artworks directly to collectors without the need of a gallery affiliation. Now, with this event at URSA, Eco will begin to exhibit their group member artists in analog galleries and art fairs around the world. Eco was formed to include not only visual artists but also writers, designers, poets, and creators of all types interested in developing a sustainable way to make and promote their works.

Contact Name: Dustin Malstrom

Contact Email: hello@ursa.gallery

Contact Phone: 9173315338

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Ursa Gallery
1001 Main St
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Additional Dates

Sat, 12/11/202112:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 12/18/202112:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 01/08/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 01/15/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 01/22/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 01/29/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 02/05/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 02/12/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 02/19/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 02/26/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 03/05/202212:00 pm6:00 pm
Sat, 03/12/202212:00 pm6:00 pm

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