Projects: Boil Notice
In conjunction with the 2023 Artist Innovation Grant and Broward County Cultural Division, we are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition, “Boil Notice” at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Informed by the environmental conditions of Southern Florida, “Boil Notice” focuses on the rising water levels due to climate change, a lack of access to potable water, and industrial waste pollution. This installation artistically reflects data related to boil water notices issued across Broward County during 2022. The artwork integrates repurposed fixtures to draw the viewer’s attention to residential and industrial pollution, and its impact on our natural water ecology.
In effort to visually document this situation, we created the work “Boil Notice”, a wall installation of 365 repurposed water spigots and taps sourced from local salvage sites and plumbers hung in a grid arrangement. Each spigot contains either a clear eco-resin dripping out of it in representation of a safe drinking water or is clogged with concrete and debris collected from neighborhood construction sites. The visual impact cannot be understated as most components depict a contaminated sludge oozing out versus what one would assume would be healthy, clean water. Highly evocative, the installation reveals the fragile vulnerability of public infrastructure which is often taken for granted.
The exhibition also features a large installation from our ongoing “Obstruction” series which aims to raise an awareness of the dependence on the vast and hidden networks of utility pipes of our modern world. We take for granted access to clean water and proper disposal of our wastewater. Yet, like veins that run through the body of our society, it takes a complex network of pipes and systems to make this happen. Drainage pipes clogged with plastic bags, industrial sludge and human debris are common sites in our community. All of which can create clots in the system and affect our health and environment.
This piece is created using recycled metal, sea water, plant based pigment, and sand on recycled or organic low water canvas. We collaborated with sound artist Dave Rosenthal to create a composition based on sampled sounds taken from storm drains, flooding, and water systems around the county .
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
April 14-July 3, 2023
Opening reception and artist talk April 14th 6pm
Closing Bruch July 1, 11am-1pm free and open to public
Earth Day Celebration and market Saturday 4/22 open hours 9-1 with artist in attendance 11-1
Artwork in this exhibition is made possible with support from the Broward Cultural Division
Support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:
Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund
Louise and Rudi Dill Charitable Fund
Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund
The Sound Design, created by Dave Rosenthal, is “Audio Art” that contains over 75 sound files placed into 33 tracks. All of them combined to create a sonic sculpture with the goal of making you feel the power and fragility of water, and the amazing feat and effort it takes to have it so freely in our daily lives. Hopefully “Boil Notice” will help you make small shifts in your awareness, daily usage and protection of this precious resource.
ACT 1: ABOVE GROUND TO UNDERGROUND – A SYSTEM WE TAKE FOR GRANTED
ACT 2: MARGATE WATER TREATMENT PLANT – WHAT IT TAKES TO PRODUCE WATER FOR US
ACT 3: DIRTY WATER – FROM GLOBAL WARMING WASTE, OVERUSE, FARM RUN OFF, DUMPING, etc.
ACT 4: AFTER SYSTEM BREAKDOWN – No more fresh running water, sludge, creaks, groans, etc.
Special thanks to Margate Water Treatment Plant for allowing us access to capture some of the sounds.