THE PROJECT

Fossilized in Houston is a partnership between Houston artists and environmentalists that seeks to make the environmental consequences of our actions visible on a day-to-day level. For the first round of Fossilized in Houston, we are commissioning 15 local artists to contribute images (drawings, paintings, collages and murals) of species endangered by climate change, which will contribute to a guerilla public art campaign of hundreds lawn signs and thousands of posters and stickers that will become a regular presence throughout the city from March through July 2015.  Our goal is to contribute to an enhanced intellectual and emotional awareness about climate change and the ongoing mass extinction, and hopefully push decision-makers in energy companies, city planners and individual citizens to reconsider collectively destructive yet normative behaviors.

For more information, see an article we contributed to the Houston Chronicle's Gray Matters blog, an article about us in Free Press Houston, and our Facebook page. More news to come.

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson is an assistant professor of social sciences at Yale-NUS College (Singapore). Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University, where he taught classes about energy, climate change, sustainability and science fiction.  He is the author of several articles as well as book, Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture (Chicago University Press, 2015),  More info here.

Lina Dib is a 2014-15 Lawndale Art Center studio artist in residence and an affiliate artist with the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University. She has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and received awards from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, AMIDA’s European training program, and Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. More info at linadib.com.

Tony Day, native to Houston, makes paintings, prints, and sculptures, hosts laugh yoga, and is a teacher. His diverse practice deals with belief, freedom, the environment, and positive action. Day recently exhibited paintings in the show Believe What You Want, at Art Palace, hosted Laugh Yoga at Art League Houston and Gallery Sonja Roesch, and is an ongoing print participant at TheUnitStore. Day’s work has also been included in exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center, Diverseworks, O’Kane Gallery, and Box13 Art Space. He teaches visual art and video production at John H. Reagan High School. Day received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, and an EdM in Art and Education from Harvard University. Contact and info at tonydaystudios.com.

Thanks to all the folks that have chipped in to make this project work, including (but not limited to) Zach Bielak, Kira Bre Clingen, Jake Krauss,  Emily Link, Lorena Maili, Emma Wu and Laura Nicholson.

Fossilized in Houston would not exist without the support of the Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  In addition, Copy.com has provided generous in-kind donations.

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