The Brutal Art of Extinction (Gallery)

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The Brutal Art of Extinction (Gallery)

The U.S. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and artist Brandon Ballengée, contributed these images to Live Science’sExpert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

With support from the NEA, Brandon Ballengée uses his experience in biology and his training in art to convey the human impact on nature. Below are images from some of Ballengee’s recent exhibitions, and a few of the artist, and you can read more about his work in his interview Framing the End: Extinction as Art.

Pacific tree frog

Pacific tree frog extinction art

DFA 186: Hadēs
By Brandon Ballengée
2012
Unique digital-C print on watercolor paper
46 x 34 in
Cleared and stained Pacific tree frog collected in Aptos, California in scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions.
From the series Malamp. (Credit: Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.)

RIP Great Auk

RIP Great Auk, extinction art

 RIP Great Auk: After John Gould

By Brandon Ballengée
1873/2014
Artist cut and burnt hand-colored lithograph “Pl. 55 Alca Impennis” drawn by John Gould and depicted on stone by H.C. Richter from The Birds of Great Britain, Volume 5 published by John Gould in 1873.
13.5 inches by 20.5 inches.
From the series The Frameworks of Absence (Credit: Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.)

The Birds of Great Britain

Birds of Great Britain, extinction art

 The Frameworks of Absence

By Brandon Ballengée
2006-Ongoing
Artist-cut and burnt historical artifacts.
Installed at The Armory Show, 2015. (Credit: Photo by Casey Dorobek.)

Insect hideway

Insect hideway, extinction art

 Love Motel for Insects: Lough Boora Variation

By Brandon Ballengée
Summer 2010
2 by 30 meters
Outdoor installation with: Black Ultra-violet lights, wood, fabric, invited insects.
Installed at Sculpture in the Parklands, Lough Boora, Ireland. (Credit: Photographs by Kevin O’Dwyer.)

The man

Artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée, extinction art

 Artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée. (Credit: Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.)

A lost species

Ink prints, extinction art

 DP 5: Jacobine.

By Brandon Ballengée
2003/09
30.25 x 22.5 inches
Unique pigmented ink prints on watercolor paper.
From the series A Habit of Deciding Influence. (Credit: Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.)

Urns

Funerary urns, extinction art

 The Frameworks of Absence

By Brandon Ballengée
2006-Ongoing
Funerary urns, ashes. (Credit: Photo by Michael Ahn.)

A wall of ashes

funerary urns, extinction art

 The Frameworks of Absence

By Brandon Ballengée
2006-Ongoing
Funerary urns, ashes.
Installed at The Armory Show, 2015. (Credit: Photo by Casey Dorobek.)

Specimens

Specimens, extinction art

 Collapse

By Brandon Ballengée
2012
Mixed-media installation including 26,162 preserved specimens representing 370 species. Glass, Preffer and Carosafe preservative solutions.
12 x 15 x 15 feet.
In collaboration with Todd Gardner, Jack Rudloe, Brian Schiering and Peter Warny.
Installed at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2012. (Credit: Photo by Varvara Mikushkina.)

Preserving failures

Preserving failure, extinction art

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By Brandon Ballengée
2012
Mixed-media installation including 26,162 preserved specimens representing 370 species. Glass, Preffer and Carosafe preservative solutions.
12 x 15 x 15 feet.
In collaboration with Todd Gardner, Jack Rudloe, Brian Schiering and Peter Warny. Installed at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2014. (Credit: Photo by David O. Brown.)

Lost, but found samples

Lost taxidermy specimens, extinction art

 Apparitions: Chamarande Variation

By Brandon Ballengée
Installation with historic “lost” taxidermy specimens borrowed from Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France.
Installed at Chateau du Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France, 2013. (Credit: Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.)

Sobering image

Touch of Light, Brandon Ballengée, extinction art

 Touch of Light in the foggy Night that reverberates the Desire calls Death, Madness, Motionless… Voluptuousness rounded in an arch bombed….

By Brandon Ballengée
2010/12
85.5 x 70 in.
Unique digital Chromogenic print.
In scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions with titles from a poem by KuyDelair.
From the series A Season in Hell. (Credit: Collection of Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands.)

Taking chances

Brandon Ballengée with snapping turtle, extinction art

 Brandon Ballengée with a snapping turtle. (Credit: Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.)

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