Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Canceled Edition, 2017.
Site-specific installation: 1,028 hand-carved, woodcut, hand-painted prints of dead Ivory Billed Woodpeckers
The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was the largest species of woodpecker in North America. Once a prominent species within Louisiana, the birds were last sighted in the 1940s and are believed to be extinct.
“Environmentalism” is a subject commonly politicized and reductively treated, but the science of a warming planet shows the nuances of collective human consequences. This piece intends to lift the shroud of innocence and demonstrate that in a world shedding species at an hourly rate we are all connected. Canceled Edition explores innate human desires with the hope that a more honest address of those desires can contribute to a better understanding of how we live on this planet.
Also endangered, the field of printmaking contends with the dominance of the digital in the 21st century. This exhibit celebrates printmaking with every hand-printed bird (and hand-painted male heads) in Canceled Edition. Utilizing screenprint and woodcut practices, and with thousands of labor hours hand cutting and painting prints, the exhibition uses print technology to imagine the future.
This installation was first shown at Tulane Univeristy for Frisbie-Calder’s MFA Thesis show. The winner of the first New Orleans ArtPrize Pitch Night held at the CAC, it will be on display at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 12-December 10, and at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC), New Orleans through October 2017.
Viewers are encouraged to participate in the installation by removing a bird from the wall and taking it home.
For more information, please visit www.cancelededition.com