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Group Exhibit at Auburn University: Water: Three States (Phase 1)
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8/24/2009 to 9/29/2009
When: 8/24/2009
Where: Auburn University Art Gallery
118 Biggin Hall
Auburn, Alabama  36849
United States
Contact: Dr. Kathryn Floyd, Auburn University Art Department

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August 24 - September 29

Water: Three States (Phase I):  
Xavier Cortada, Martha Whittington, Xiaotian Wang

Biggin Gallery, 101 Biggin Hall

Water: Three States (Phase I) presents projects by Martha Whittington, Xiaotian Wang, and Xavier Cortada that explore the intersections between this life-sustaining substance and culture in the Southeast. Martha Whittington, a Georgia-based artist, presents kinetic sculptures that suggest the practice of dowsing, the art of divining hidden water sources. Chattahoochee Immersion, a series of photographs by Xiaotian Wang, also of Georgia, reveals in its innovative process and evocative imagery the recent changes in the chemical make-up of the river. Finally, Xavier Cortada, an eco-artist from Miami, propagates mangrove plants, sustained in cups of water, inside the gallery. Cortada will replant these seedlings in the disappearing mangrove forests of the Florida coast as part of his on-going participatory work The Reclamation Project. Together, these artists consider the complex “states” of water in the history, culture, and natural environment of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

October 12 - November 10
Water: Three States (Phase II)
Biggin Gallery, 101 Biggin Hall

Phase II of Water: Three States continues the conversation started in Phase I by contrasting the power of water to overwhelm human society to the hopeful potential for growth and restoration. Daniel Kariko, a Florida-based photographer, presents Storm Season, a series of pinhole photographs that document the on-going erosion of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of recent hurricanes. Similarly, Andy Behrle, a sculptor living and working in Alabama, deals directly with the corrosive forces of water on natural and synthetic materials in his large-scale installations. Their investigations of the persistent and sometimes devastating powers of water are quietly counterbalanced by the continued growth of Xavier Cortada’s live mangrove seedlings (see Water: Three States (Phase I)).

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The Department of Art at Auburn University is organizing a series of classes, lectures, and exhibitions for the 2009-2010 year around the theme of environmental art and sustainability. A group of the faculty curated an exhibition for the fall of artists’ projects from the tri-state area (GA-AL-FL) that use water as a material or explore issues surrounding water-use in their work.


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Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

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Xavier Cortada