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November 17, 2017 - January 12, 2018

7000 Marks

Sara Black & Amber Ginsburg

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7000 Marks
Margins of the disease

Margins of the disease  2017 | courtesy of the artists

The Tree

The Tree  2017 | courtesy of the artists


Pencils  2017 | courtesy of the artists

Sara Black & Amber Ginsburg (Chicago, Il)
Opening Reception:
November 17th, 6PM - 9PM
On View: November 17th, 2017- January 12th, 2018

Photo Catalogue

Letter Writing Workshop: December 1st, 6-9PM
Panel Discussion & Speculative Drawing Session: December 15th, 6-9PM
Adapting into the Future: January 5th, 2018, 6-9PM

In 7000 Marks, Sara Black & Amber Ginsburg have transformed a Sudden Oak Death-infected tanoak tree into 7,000 pencils. An outcome of global industrial trade, the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum (SOD) has traveled on lumber and nursery trees to the US. Trees infected with SOD are 'quarantined' until processed into lumber and kiln dried. This tightening of boundaries is a move toward conservation, but echoes a rising tide of nationalism, xenophobia and boundary reinforcement on a global scale. The work contrasts Joseph Bueys' utopian project, 7000 Oaks, by problematizing tenets of conservation through the lens of immigration.

If you would like to participate in this project, please follow the links below to learn more about each workshop.

SPACES is the inaugural site for 7000 Marks, where 7,000 pencils made from diseased wood will be released into curated activity throughout the exhibition. Collaborating with local activists, scientists and artists, Black & Ginsburg will map our relationships to nature, adaptation, and survival.

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