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Silent Migration

Posted on: Friday, March 09, 2007


Brandon Ballengee's exhibit 'Silent Migration' opened at NYC's Central Park Arsenal Gallery this week. Ballengee is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates extensive field work and laboratory research into his art-science probes in species endangerment and possible extinction. 'Silent Migration' is an incredibly thoughtful look at the threat to local bird populations and their migratory patterns.


Ballengee's gallery installation includes poetically poignant 'cut-aways', or species extractions, from historic prints by John James Audubon. Titles include 'RIP Passenger Pigeon', 'RIP Piping Plover', and 'RIP Ivory-Billed Woodpecker'.

Videos of threatened bird species interacting with man-made environments are also nested into site-specific dioramas like 'Lowland Tropical Rainforest Displacement' or 'Tropic Cloud Forest Displacement'.



Perhaps the most compelling installation in Ballengee's show is 'The Great Atlantic Fly-way' wall with photographs taken by the public throughout the Americas. This painted and photographic mural of the Atlantic coastline illustrates the range of environmental factors that invariably influence the dispersal and rerouting of migratory bird routes.


The exhibition is organized by Parks & Recreation’s Public Art Coordinator Clare Weiss and sponsored in conjunction with the Human Nature/Art and the Environment series, a joint production of The Nature Conservancy, NYC Audubon, and Ecoartspace. The exhibition will be on display from March 8 through April 6, 2007, with a coinciding panel discussion on March 20, 2007 at 6p.m. The Arsenal Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, go to http://www.nyc.gov/parks

Brandon Ballengee's previous projects are posted on GreenMuseum: http://greenmuseum.org/ballengee

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