Jeremy McKane, an artist collaborating with The Thyssen Bornemiza Contemporary Art Foundation of Austria prefers underwater photography as his medium has traveled the world to document the threats currently facing the oceans. More importantly, emphasizing on what is worth fighting for. Using water and camera, he captures the movement and grace of fabric-draped human and animal forms underwater. He like many artists before him believe his work must have purpose. Which is why he wanted his work to be more than just “Pretty Pictures”. His current work begs the viewer to focus on clean water and ocean conservation. McKane is working with several groups internationally to take part in the movement. McKane is working with TBA21.org, 5GYRES and Take3 Australia Conservation groups to urge his viewers to just take 3 pieces of trash and put it in its appropriate bin. Beyond that his latest installation LUCiD pushes further to show viewers innovative people around the globe that find new ways to keep trash out of the ocean and how to re-use it. His work has appeared in Artopia – Dallas Contemporary Museum, Art + Advocacy, Patron Magazine, and in galleries across Texas including Cohn Drennan, Kettle Art, The Mckinney Avenue Contemporary Art Museum, Rising, LEVEL Gallery, Tractorbeam Gallery, and public new media installations in the Dallas Arts District.
His work that will be shown this year at LEVEL Gallery called FOUND is a project that is part of LUCiD. It all started when McKane and his model Ashley Baxter were filming on Kamilo Beach, The most polluted beach in America. Baxter and McKane had the idea to research where each identifiable piece came from. The idea was that if we knew that the responsibility was always handed off with lack of accountability perhaps people would think different about ocean trash. Kamilo which is the closest landmass to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch provides insight of the types of things one would see floating out to sea. From this one initial visit, items were recovered from: Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, China and Mainland United States. Showing that we are all connected on what Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Calls: “Spaceship Earth”.
We all can do our part and McKane feels that his mission is to not be among those ruining the earth.
“Those who ignore the damage, are equal to those who are doing the damage.” -McKane
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