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 .
Special thanks to Margate Water Treatment Plant for allowing us access to capture some of the sounds.
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
April 14-July 3, 2023
Opening reception and artist talk April 14th 6pm
Free and open to public RSVP please
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
Would you like to be involved in the artwork?
Our favorite source for canvas is from from construction sites. If you or someone you know has recently done a repaint or remodel and used canvas dropcloths, we happily take donations and will put them to good use.
Would you like to be involved in the cause?
Links to information about Recycling, Beach clean ups and Water Conservation in Broward County
and/or take a walk and pick up trash!