Pangea Seed’s Great West Coast Migration Art Tour
Aug. 10, 2012: How could you not, after viewing Kool Kid Kreyola’s “Me and My Shark Fin” short cinematic saga of a shark’s delights and eventual demise, want to help save the world’s great ocean predators? A touring show that started in Seattle, and will swell about fifty percent next weekend when it closes in downtown San Diego (at Space 4 Art Aug. 18-19), is in Orange County this weekend. We hit it up to get a peek of what SD has in store.
Get ready to be informed about how you really feel about sharks. You’re either scared or you aren’t. There many be no other animal with an existence so based on myth, emotion and energy that makes for an art show as diverse as cakes, kooks and klansmen. It was interesting to talk with artist Rich Morrison, whose solemn water-surface-level image features a shark fin centered in the frame: uncomfortable for 90 percent of the population, but part of the fabric of the ocean for a surfer. Then Rich walked me over to a underwater James Morgan photo of a little boy grinning ear to ear holding onto the tail of his pet shark. Same size image, opposite emotion. More works depicted friendly cartoon sharks. Others humanized the issue at hand. Human foot soup, anyone? Or as fine art photography team Ransom and Mitchell imagine it, a nude blonde with an unhealing, unsealed fin-backbone wound.
If you’re in Orange County this weekend, Pangea Seed’s Great West Coast Migration is at the ARTery at the LAB in Costa Mesa Fri. Aug. 10, Sat. Aug. 11 and Sun. Aug. 12, 2012 ($5 suggested donation).
Pangea Seed background story: the global plight of sharks inspired Tre Packard, originally of Carlsbad, Calif. and now of Japan, to assemble a traveling art show to raise funds and awareness (if you want to know more, read about it here). He doesn’t like asking for money, he tells me. He prefers people to have a connection to the issue through art. Yes! –Dana Nichols