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This Friday (August 17), learn about both the art and science of trees

posted Aug 13, 2012, 10:32 AM by Scott St. George

Minneapolis artists, Wilber H “Chip” Schilling (2010 Minnesota Book Artist of the Year Award Recipient) and David Pitman (co-founder of Art Shanty Projects), have collaborated on an exhibition and artists’ book.Please join them for an evening to celebration the closing of Cull.arbor.ation: Culling the Urban Forest and the publication of the artists’ book, created as part of the exhibition, Agents of Change; What Goes Around Comes Around.

WHAT: Book signing, publication party and closing night celebration
GUEST TALK: Scott St. George is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. He is an earth scientist who specializes in dendrochronology. He will do a short 15 minute talk on tree ring dating and what it means with samples.
WHEN: August 17, 2012, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Talk at 7pm), this event is free and open to the public
WHERE: Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art Gallery, 250 Third Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN  55401
INFO: / 612-803-6769

Agents of Change: What Goes Around Comes Around
By Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling and David Pitman
©2012 Indulgence Press, Minneapolis
Edition size: 50
Size: 8.25 x 7.5 x .75 inches (closed) / 8.25 x 194 x .75 inches (opened)
Medium: Artist Book (letterpress, digital/offset, hardcover, cloth-bound, accordion structure)
Price: $60.00

Agents of Change is an artists’ book, produced in the spirit of the exhibition catalog, as part of Cull.arbor.ation: Culling the Urban Forest. It explores urban forestry practices, environmental policymaking, and the parasitic diseases and non-parasitic disorders that destroy trees. Agents of Change is printed two-sided and grows to 194 inches when fully open. It contains observances by the artists and a 7” vinyl record with tracks containing chainsaw and wood chipping sound art. Photographic images in the book represent a timeline of important political changes and speak to the loss of trees in the urban forest.

Cull.arbor.ation: Culling the Urban Forest
is a record of urban deforestation. It discusses urban forest management, in particular the management of blight stricken trees. Through the documentation of tree stumps and through repurposing them as artifacts, the idea of recorded information is explored. Re-imagining time and space based on what is left behind—tree stumps, wood pulp, recycling, the remembrance of trees no longer there—Cull.arbor.ation chronicles the urban forest in a gallery space that is both real and imagined. Cull.arbor.ation asks the viewer to see the forest for the removed trees, to engage in the stewardship of this forest, and to be drawn into and out to the managed forest (