Hope is the thing with feathers

Rowena Koenig, Climate Emergency Fund – Development Director

 

During the isolation of the pandemic, a devoted dog and a small flock of rescued hens brought me solace and nurtured hope that better days would come. Animal companions oblivious to the dread of those uncertain times were comforting reminders that life goes on. Hope is the thing with feathers brings together four artists whose work uses imagery from the natural world to highlight the connection between all beings and evokes transcendence. Together, these works remind us of the web of life’s fragile equilibrium, and our unique power as humans to disrupt or preserve this balance.

 

Pentti Sammalahati’s charming photos capture animals going about their daily lives, seemingly unaffected by the photographer’s presence. Two black birds exude confidence and pluck as they stride a path in Houston, Texas, while Frog in Water –  an amphibian odalisque – treats us to the bliss of bathing in an undisturbed pool. The emotional immediacy of images like these is moving testimony to the kinship between all species.

 

Michael Kenna’s approach to his avian subjects is more distant, but the resulting images are no less striking. Red Crown Crane Feeding, Tsuru, Hokkaido, Japan calls to mind Zen calligraphy, while Nine Birds, Izumo Taisha, Honshu,  captures the movement of flight. Other selected works by Kenna explore edges where natural and built environments meet. Images like Huangshan Mountains, Study 29, Anhui, China celebrate places where human interventions in the landscape have been made with care, or even reverence. Torii Gate, Study 3, like the Shinto torii gate it depicts, is a portal to leave the mundane and enter the sacred. 

 

Similarly, Jeffrey Conley’s singular compositions inspire devout awe at nature’s power. The epic scale of Ridgeline and Summit and Waters Edge underscores the truth of human frailty in the face of the elements. Snow Covered Reflections on the other hand, offers rest on the silent shore of a mountain lake. The transcendent beauty of all of Conley’s images elicits profound gratitude that we can call this wondrous planet home.

 

Selected animal images and landscapes by Sebastiao Salgado round out the collection. Marine Iguana and Fawn capture creatures in such perfect harmony with nature, the boundaries between these subjects and their environments almost disappear. These images are from Salgado’s long-term project GENESIS, and in their pristine beauty – now rare on our plundered planet –  they forcefully evoke how far we have fallen from prelapsarian grace.

 

The stunning Iceberg Between the Paulet Island and South Shetland Island, Antarctica, which Salgado captured in 2005 now no longer exists due to global warming. The imbalance created in our ecosystems by reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in mountains of ice disappearing like morning dew – a terrifying truth. This reality, and the consequences that follow in a world where global warming goes unchecked, are foreshadowed in Salgado’s 1985 image with an ominous and heartbreaking title.This used to be the large Lake Faguibine. It dried up little by little with the drought and invasion of the desert. All the men have gone, only the children, the eldely and the women remain. 

 

Yet even now, there is hope. Science demonstrates there is still a narrow window of opportunity to prevent the most dire consequences of global warming, but we must act now. We no longer have any time to lose. Climate Emergency Fund (CEF) supports bold activists who are demanding the rapid changes we need to avoid climate catastrophe, and will receive a portion of the sale price of every work in this special collection. CEF will strategically deploy these funds to grow the impact of the climate emergency movement. To learn more, donate, or get involved, please visit www.climateemergencyfund.org.

 

10% of all sales from this timed online exhibition will be donated to Climate Emergency Fund.

Exhibition curated by Rowena Koenig

    • Jeffrey Conley Crow & Valley View, 2005/Printed 2011 Gelatin silver print 12 x 12 inches; Matted to 22 x 22 inches Edition 10 of 40
      Jeffrey Conley
      Crow & Valley View, 2005/Printed 2011
      Gelatin silver print
      12 x 12 inches; Matted to 22 x 22 inches
      Edition 10 of 40
      $ 2,000.00
    • Jeffrey Conley Figure and Waterfall, Iceland, 2018 (Printed 2019) Platinum/Palladium Print Image - 12"x12", Matted - 20"x20" 2/10
      Jeffrey Conley
      Figure and Waterfall, Iceland, 2018 (Printed 2019)
      Platinum/Palladium Print
      Image - 12"x12", Matted - 20"x20"
      2/10
      $ 4,000.00
    • Jeffrey Conley Night Snow, 2009/ Printed 2009 Gelatin silver print 20 x 20 inches Edition 1 of 40
      Jeffrey Conley
      Night Snow, 2009/ Printed 2009
      Gelatin silver print
      20 x 20 inches
      Edition 1 of 40
      $ 3,500.00
    • Jeffrey Conley Ridgeline and Summit, Montana, 2020 Archival pigments on Japanese Kozo paper 14 x 14" on 16 x 16" mount Edition 1 of 10
      Jeffrey Conley
      Ridgeline and Summit, Montana, 2020
      Archival pigments on Japanese Kozo paper
      14 x 14" on 16 x 16" mount
      Edition 1 of 10
      $ 3,000.00
    • Jeffrey Conley Sierra Crest and Moon, from White Mountains, CA 2019 Archival pigments on Japanese Kozo paper 10 x 18" on 12 x 20" mount Edition 1 of 10
      Jeffrey Conley
      Sierra Crest and Moon, from White Mountains, CA 2019
      Archival pigments on Japanese Kozo paper
      10 x 18" on 12 x 20" mount
      Edition 1 of 10
      $ 3,000.00
    • Jeffrey Conley Snow Covered Reflections, 2005/ Printed 2011 Gelatin silver print 20 x 20", matted to 30 x 30", frame size 31 x 31" Edition 29 of 40
      Jeffrey Conley
      Snow Covered Reflections, 2005/ Printed 2011
      Gelatin silver print
      20 x 20", matted to 30 x 30", frame size 31 x 31"
      Edition 29 of 40
      $ 3,500.00
    • Jeffrey Conley Waters Edge, Venice, CA, 2019 Archival pigments on Japanese Kozo paper 14 x 14" on 16 x 16" mount Edition 1 of 10
      Jeffrey Conley
      Waters Edge, Venice, CA, 2019
      Archival pigments on Japanese Kozo paper
      14 x 14" on 16 x 16" mount
      Edition 1 of 10
    • Michael Kenna Arigato Sugimoto-San, Calais, France, 1998 Gelatin Silver Print Image - 8"x8", Matted - 16"x20" Edition 12 of 45
      Michael Kenna
      Arigato Sugimoto-San, Calais, France, 1998
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image - 8"x8", Matted - 16"x20"
      Edition 12 of 45
      $ 7,000.00
    • Michael Kenna Huangshan Mountains, Study 29, Anhui, China, 2009 (Printed 2010) Gelatin Silver Print Image Dimensions: 8 x 8 inches Matted Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches Edition 4 of 45
      Michael Kenna
      Huangshan Mountains, Study 29, Anhui, China, 2009 (Printed 2010)
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image Dimensions:
      8 x 8 inches
      Matted Dimensions:
      16 x 20 inches
      Edition 4 of 45
      $ 2,500.00
    • Michael Kenna Kurosawa's Trees, Study 1, Memanbetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, 2004 Gelatin Silver Print 7 3/4 x 8 1/8 inches Edition #27/45
      Michael Kenna
      Kurosawa's Trees, Study 1, Memanbetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, 2004
      Gelatin Silver Print
      7 3/4 x 8 1/8 inches
      Edition #27/45
      $ 3,500.00
    • Michael Kenna Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 10, Kotan, Hokkaido, 2005 Gelatin Silver Print 8 x 8 inches; Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on recto. Signed, dated, numbered and titled in pencil with artist's copyright stamp on verso Edition 21 of 45
      Michael Kenna
      Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 10, Kotan, Hokkaido, 2005
      Gelatin Silver Print
      8 x 8 inches; Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on recto. Signed, dated, numbered and titled in pencil with artist's copyright stamp on verso
      Edition 21 of 45
      $ 3,000.00
    • Michael Kenna Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 5, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007 Gelatin Silver Print Image - 8"x8", Mount/Mat - 16"x20" Edition 32/45
      Michael Kenna
      Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 5, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image - 8"x8", Mount/Mat - 16"x20"
      Edition 32/45
      $ 3,500.00
    • Michael Kenna Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 8, Kotan, Hokkaido, 2008 (Printed 2018) Gelatin Silver Print Image - 8" x 8", Matted - 16" x 20" Edition 18 of 25
      Michael Kenna
      Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 8, Kotan, Hokkaido, 2008 (Printed 2018)
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image - 8" x 8", Matted - 16" x 20"
      Edition 18 of 25
      $ 3,000.00
    • Michael Kenna Morning Mists, Pyin U Lwin, 2019 Gelatin Silver Print Image Dimensions: 8 x 8 inches Matted Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches Edition 7 of 25
      Michael Kenna
      Morning Mists, Pyin U Lwin, 2019
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image Dimensions:
      8 x 8 inches
      Matted Dimensions:
      16 x 20 inches
      Edition 7 of 25
      $ 3,500.00
    • Michael Kenna Nine Birds, Izumo Taisha, Honshu, 2001 (Printed 2006) Gelatin Silver Print Image Dimensions: 8 x 8 inches Matted Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches Edition 20 of 45
      Michael Kenna
      Nine Birds, Izumo Taisha, Honshu, 2001 (Printed 2006)
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image Dimensions:
      8 x 8 inches
      Matted Dimensions:
      16 x 20 inches
      Edition 20 of 45
      $ 3,500.00
    • Michael Kenna Pine Tress, Study 3, Wolcheon, Gangwondo, 2011 Gelatin Silver Print 8 x 10 inches; Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on recto. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil with artist's stamp on verso. Edition 19 of 45
      Michael Kenna
      Pine Tress, Study 3, Wolcheon, Gangwondo, 2011
      Gelatin Silver Print
      8 x 10 inches; Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on recto. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil with artist's stamp on verso.
      Edition 19 of 45
      $ 4,000.00
    • Michael Kenna Quixote's Giants, Study 3, Campo de Criptana, La Mancha, Spain, 1996 Gelatin silver print Mount 20 x 16 inches; Image 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches; matted to 20 x 16 inches Edition 3 of 45
      Michael Kenna
      Quixote's Giants, Study 3, Campo de Criptana, La Mancha, Spain, 1996
      Gelatin silver print
      Mount 20 x 16 inches; Image 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches; matted to 20 x 16 inches
      Edition 3 of 45
      $ 4,000.00
    • Michael Kenna Red Crown Crane Feeding, Tsuru, Hokkaido, Japan, 2005printed 2019 silver gelatin print Image- 7 7/8 x 7 3/4", mat- 20 x 16" Edition 22 of 25
      Michael Kenna
      Red Crown Crane Feeding, Tsuru, Hokkaido, Japan, 2005printed 2019
      silver gelatin print
      Image- 7 7/8 x 7 3/4", mat- 20 x 16"
      Edition 22 of 25
      $ 6,000.00
    • Michael Kenna Thirty One Snow Fences, Bihoro, Hokkaido, Japan, 2016/printed 2019 Gelatin Silver Print Image 7.75 x 7.75"; Matted - 16"x20" Edition 19 of 25
      Michael Kenna
      Thirty One Snow Fences, Bihoro, Hokkaido, Japan, 2016/printed 2019
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image 7.75 x 7.75"; Matted - 16"x20"
      Edition 19 of 25
      $ 4,500.00
    • Michael Kenna Torii Gate, Study 3, Shosanbetsu, Hokkaido, 2014, printed 2021 Silver gelatin print image- 7 5/8 x 7 7/8", mat- 20 x 16" Edition 14 of 25
      Michael Kenna
      Torii Gate, Study 3, Shosanbetsu, Hokkaido, 2014, printed 2021
      Silver gelatin print
      image- 7 5/8 x 7 7/8", mat- 20 x 16"
      Edition 14 of 25
      $ 3,500.00
    • Michael Kenna White Bird Flying, Paris, 2007 (Printed 2009) Gelatin Silver Print Image Dimensions: 8 x 8 inches Matted Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches Edition 15 of 45
      Michael Kenna
      White Bird Flying, Paris, 2007 (Printed 2009)
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image Dimensions:
      8 x 8 inches
      Matted Dimensions:
      16 x 20 inches
      Edition 15 of 45
      $ 3,500.00
    • Pentti Sammallahti Delhi, India (Flock of Birds), 1999 (Printed 2020) Gelatin Silver Print Image - 6"x8", Paper - 8"x10", Matted - 11"x14"
      Pentti Sammallahti
      Delhi, India (Flock of Birds), 1999 (Printed 2020)
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image - 6"x8", Paper - 8"x10", Matted - 11"x14"
    • Pentti Sammallahti Houston, Texas (Two Birds on Path), 1998 Gelatin Silver Print Paper size: 10 x 8 inches; image size: 7 x 5 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in pencil on recto.
      Pentti Sammallahti
      Houston, Texas (Two Birds on Path), 1998
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Paper size: 10 x 8 inches; image size: 7 x 5 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in pencil on recto.
      $ 1,600.00
    • Pentti Sammallahti Kirkkonummi, Finland, 1969 (Printed Later) Gelatin Silver Print Image - 5"x7", Paper - 8"x10", Matted - 11"x14"
      Pentti Sammallahti
      Kirkkonummi, Finland, 1969 (Printed Later)
      Gelatin Silver Print
      Image - 5"x7", Paper - 8"x10", Matted - 11"x14"