Center for Audio & Visual Expression

MAY 2017 HOMEPAGE

C.A.V.E. GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS:

“SIXTH EXTINCTION”

SOLO EXHIBITION BY LOUIS MASAI (UK)

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION:

SATURDAY MAY 13 | 630 – 930PM

THE ARTIST WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE!
BEATS CURATED BY: DJ BU$R1D3R
PLUS: SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE BY: TANYA LORETTA-DEE
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ON VIEW MAY 13TH THRU JUNE 4TH
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LOUIS MASAI (UK)

C.A.V.E. Gallery is pleased to present ‘Sixth Extinction’ – the first US solo show by British, London based artist Louis Masai, who is best known for his engaging “patchwork style” murals of endangered animals. This new series of paintings created for this much anticipated exhibition looks at animal species that are endangered in the United States. Each piece wonderfully showcases Masai’s unique and colorful painting style that has attracted world-wide attention to his work.

Masai strives to use his art as an agent for change and ecological awareness. His drive comes from a creative and artistic pursuit but his strong beliefs inform his practice at every turn. Hovering in each piece Masai includes a bumblebee stitching up the patchwork quilt that supports the endangered species. The bee is symbolic of humanity coming together to help restore the health of the planet.

“I have chosen bumblebees as an emblematic element in my work because they are iconic to the UK and I identify with them as the artist. The concept behind the bees doing the stitching is to remind humans that they have a role in keeping the planet stitched up. The endangered species depicted represent the effects of climate change, habitat loss and the introduction of invasive species. My plea to the viewer is to think more like a bee and acknowledge that you too are a species and will be affected by the sixth extinction. Let’s be more bee-like and fix this mess. Perhaps if we see ourselves as an interrelated species then we might become more understanding of the importance of ecological relationships and the balance of nature.”

For this exhibition, the artist has titled the paintings with iconic, American human names so as to encourage the viewer to see the animals in a more humanized manor. In doing so, he hopes the viewer might be encouraged to see himself or herself also as a affected species.

Masai understands that the ecological issue facing mankind is possibly the greatest threat humans have ever faced and one which this generation has a duty to address. Unlike past mass extinctions, caused by events like asteroid strikes, volcanic eruptions, and natural climate shifts, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by us — humans. In fact, 99 percent of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic species and global warming. Facts from Center for Biological Diversity

“It’s frightening but true: Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. The impacts of a still-avoidable sixth mass extinction would likely be so massive they’d be best described as science fiction. It would be catastrophic, widespread and, of course, irreversible. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day. As many as 30 to 50 percent of all species could be heading toward extinction by mid-century. We have to recognize that our impact is game-changing on this planet, that we are all responsible, and that we have to become stewards of nature.” (Mark Williams, lead author and geologist with the University of Leicester)

 

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Sixth Extinction | Solo Exhibition by Louis Masai | C.A.V.E. Gallery Venice
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PLUS IN THE PROJECT ROOM

New Works by: L7M (BRAZIL)

Interest in L7m‘s bold, expressive work continues to gain international attention. Much of his work is found on the street, where he creates large scale glimpses of nature in response to both the beauty and surrounding chaos he sees. His colorful palette and powerful, sweeping strokes electrify the urban environment.

For his fourth exhibition with C.A.V.E. Gallery, L7m has created several epic new canvases that strikingly capture the expressive energy & softer realism that L7m is known for. His swirling forms cradle realistic imagery – articulating the beauty of life emerging from urban disarray.

L7m was born in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil in 1988, and is one of Brazil’s’s most prolific & unique street artists. From an early age he realized his connection to art. At 13 years old, he had his first experience painting with aerosol, which opened his eyes to the endless possibilities of experimenting with new techniques. From that point on, L7m began challenging himself with various mediums by mixing aerosol with china ink, latex, pastel and acrylic. He also continues to push boundaries with his style – creating work with a captivating pulse and dynamic edge.

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