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Artists Isabelle Hayeur and Holly Parker Dearborn use by-products of our industrial world - polluted waterways, disturbed landscapes, and used motor oil and soil - to powerfully explore our current and future environmental crises through photography, mixed-media and video installation. DESTINY MANIFEST is a multi-media visual art exhibit and program, including an artist residency, public talks on environment and art, and environmental service projects, with a goal of sparking dialogue.
Manifest Destiny was a widely held belief in the inevitability of settling and mastering the continent of North America during the 19th century, an ideal that endures in our cultural identity. Two centuries later, GOCA has invited two artists who confront the consequences of developing the North American continent and ask us to consider implications of the destiny we have manifested for ourselves.
French-Canadian artist Isabelle Hayeur's Underworlds and Excavation series of large-scale photographic digital assemblages capture polluted waterways and critically explore the impact of human sprawl on urban environments. Responding to personal experiences of living with polluted waterways and suburban development in and around Montreal, Canada, Hayeur is known for her photographic and video works that invite viewers to investigate our mutual culpability as stewards and exploiters of our surrounding environment.
Colorado-based Holly Parker Dearborn's Extreme Force and Roman Buses series and Destroyer of Worlds multi-media installation explore issues related to war, industrial weapons, climate change, pollution and resources. Working with used motor oil, polluted soil, and historical nuclear test footage and sound, the artist directly addresses the legacy of industrial practices in our modern world. Parker Dearborn also poses questions through her work, stating:
GOCA thanks the UCCS Green Action Fund for helping fund the exhibit, artist residency, and related programs.
About Isabelle Hayeur
Born in Montreal in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur is a digital image artist known for her large-scale photographic montages, videos, and site-specific installations, in which she highlights urban blights and sprawl, among a number of industrial society's pitfalls.
Hayeur's childhood in a Montreal suburb made a lasting impact on her artistic practice. As in many peripheral towns in Quebec, and more generally in the industrialized world, the landscape there has been subject to perpetual transformation. In her works, she is interested in the state of those territories, altered as they are by the array of technology at man's disposal. In 2008, Isabelle Hayeur started exploring waterways. She travels through North America to document submerged environments of all kinds, especially in altered sites. She made several shooting trips through the United States and Canada, working in particular in a Staten Island boat cemetery, in the Everglades and in the Louisiana bayous.
Isabelle Hayeur's works have been widely shown. She has been included in major exhibits at the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, the Tampa Museum of Art and Akbank Sanat in Istanbul among others. In 2006, a first retrospective exhibition was devoted to Hayeur by the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec and Oakville Galleries. Her works are to be found in many collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Fonds National d'art Contemporain in Paris, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. In 2012, Denver's public art program at Denver International Airport commissioned a Hayeur video entitled Rising, a projection of an illusory and seemingly endless airport hallway at the Jeppesen Terminal, level 5.
Holly Parker Dearborn is a Colorado-based contemporary artist who has been a leader in the Colorado Springs art community for several years. Parker Dearborn, who received her MFA from American University ('06), was the recipient of prestigious scholarships and graduate research grants and studied and exhibited in Italy and Washington, DC. In addition to running her studio practice, she serves as an Independent Curator
About Holly Parker Dearborn
IMAGE: (Left) Isabelle Hayeur, Vacance/ Underworlds Series, Color Photographic Print, 2011. 45" x 42"
(Right) Holly Parker Dearborn, Extreme Force/Active Ingredients Series, Used motor-oil and dirt, 2014. (detail)