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Two Shows Explore the Environment at Davis Gallery

Two new art exhibitions focused on the environment will be unveiled this Friday at the Davis Gallery and the Solarium Gallery at Houghton House.

In something worth searching for, Sarita Zaleha explores the intertwined history of oil drilling and mineral springs in Geneva and the greater Finger Lakes region. Through a combination of print installation, video projections and captioned archival materials, this exhibition emphasizes historical connections between oil and water and suggests associations with contemporary tensions between oil (pipelines) and water (watersheds and contamination of drinking water). The Geneva Historical Society supported the research for this project and loaned archival materials to the exhibition.

Zaleha is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores human perception of the environment and our understanding of climate change. She has exhibited her work in the United States as well as internationally. An opening reception for Zaleha’s show will take place in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

Drunken Forest features the work of Areca Roe and opens on Friday, March 6 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Solarium Gallery at Houghton House. Roe’s work focuses on Fairbanks, Alaska, where discontinuous permafrost has long been part of the landscape, but rising temperatures are shifting and changing the land, with consequences that are both immediate and long term.

The title of the show comes from the evocative term used even in scientific literature for the areas of forest destabilized by permafrost thaw. The visual changes captured by Roe serve as powerful metaphors for the far-reaching and destabilizing consequences of permafrost thaw and climate change in general.

Both artists will be at the opening reception. Zaleha will give a lecture on her work on March 5 at 5 p.m. in Houghton House 112.

Drunken Forest and something worth searching for will be on display until April 17. The galleries are open Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The galleries are closed March 14-22 for Spring Break.