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Local Language Artist in Residence program offers space, time and facilities for artists in a multitude of disciplines to explore creative pursuits and further their art practice.  Artists are invited to ...


Title: Climate Empathy Project: Miami
Artist: Hughen/Starkweather
Dates: May 4th - Jun 23rd
Time: Check Venue listings.

Climate Empathy Project, site-specific abstract artworks about locations impacted by climate change and human intervention, is the focus of the artist collaboration Hughen/Starkweather. Incorporating extensive research including source maps, photographs, data, and oral histories, the resulting artworks reinterpret complex narratives of the past, present, and future.

During their residency at Local Language Hughen/Starkweather focused on the experience of a Miami resident who fled Hurricane Irma and its aftermath in 2017. Text excerpts of the interview along with maps of evacuation routes and Irma’s path were carved and printed on fabrics and wood via Local Language’s digital technology. Hughen/Starkweather then added handwork including fabric staining, drawing and painting to push the artwork beyond the scientific research and convey the complex challenges of areas and individuals directly impacted by climate events.

A collaborative team since 2006, Hughen/Starkweather have exhibited widely, including the Asian Art Museum (SF), the Public Policy Institute of California, the University of San Francisco, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (SF). They have been artists-in-residence at Oxbow (CA) and Recology San Francisco (CA). Hughen received an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and has been artist-in-residence at the DeYoung Museum of Art (CA), the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), and Yaddo (NY). Starkweather received an MFA from Tyler School of Art (PA) and has been artist-in-residence at Ucross (WY), Skowhegan (ME), and Ragdale (IL). Their commission to create a permanent public artwork at the Union Square Central Subway Station in downtown San Francisco will open in 2020.