Endangered Planet Gallery Features Works by Artist Ed Chatlin
August 2, 2008. The current exhibit at Endangered Planet Gallery offers the public a rare glimpse at Ed Chatlin’s environmental art prints and sculpture. “The Way of Nature – Force and Spirit” is the energy behind the show which focuses on the universal themes of the balance of nature and man’s striving for inner equilibrium.
While growing up in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, Chatlin became interested in the interconnections of nature and invented ways to call attention to the complexity and beauty of natural forms. After earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Utah and a M.A. in sculpture from CA State University at Long Beach, Chatlin taught for many years at the Laguna College of Art and Design. It was while teaching at the school that he continued his boyhood passion of exploring the environment in his sculpture, paintings and drawings.
His interest in inventing works of art that act like nature is evident in ‘Earth Totem’, a 9-ft tall steel sculpture layered with plant and animal forms to celebrate our planet just as primitive cultures used the totem to honor their battle heroes. Birds have sought sanctuary in the totem by building nests inside, which remain today. In addition to this remarkable piece, a series of paintings entitled Nature Warriors will be on exhibit.
The artist uses a leaf, an eagle feather, or a zigzag line as vocabulary to express the dynamics of nature, and exemplifies the artist’s experience in using diverse mediums, tools and techniques. It is in combining elements of animals, plants, birds in invented images that invites the observer to rethink nature, the environment and self.