Shohei Katayama MFA ’19 and Stephen Cartwright exhibit in “Unseen: Visualizing Ecological Systems” through Feb 24 at The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute, curated by Madison Sevilla. “Unseen” features sculptures and drawings exploring the intersections between art and ecology.
“Unseen: Visualizing Ecological Systems” provides viewers with the groundwork to contemplate the impact on and interactions between the various systems that surround us. Cartwright and Katayama offer up visualizations of the infinite and continuous ecologies that constitute our routines. Curated by critical and curatorial studies master’s candidate Madison Sevilla, “Unseen” features sculptures and drawings by Shohei Katayama and Stephen Cartwright that explore the intersections between art and ecology.
From the exhibition website “Katayama’s work is ecologically aware, and he utilizes his drawings and sculptures as a catalyst for environmental conversations. His work examines the underlying patterns and forces of nature by showcasing unseen relationships in ecology. Katayama uses materials like magnets, iron flakes, and oil-based sharpies to create work that embodies the philosophy associated with ecological examination. Through his work, Katayama demonstrates the entanglements that are present between such systems and illustrates the disruptions that can occur when individual components are manipulated.”