Alan Loehle

Anthropocene Series

Alan Loehle

Anthropocene Series




adjective: Anthropocene

1. relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

From the start of the Anthropocene series, I needed to find ways to create a visually coherent response to an incoherent and chaotic time. Prompted by environmental catastrophe and human folly, the series is a direct visual response to the current moment. I adopted an approach that weaves together multiple layers of disparate images – 1950’s illustrations, chimpanzees, warning signs, dogs, tropical flora, Greek sculptures – using cognitive free-association to compose a new whole. This layering of images creates a multifaceted dialogue within each painting. Over time, I have realized how important moments of beauty and harmony are – however fleeting – as part of this cacophony of visual imagery and layers of association. Moments of grace are a necessary reprieve, like oxygen in a room.

Writing for The New York Times about the roots of the term Anthropocene, Andrew Revkin stated that:

[…] Two billion years ago, cyanobacteria oxygenated our atmosphere and powerfully disrupted life on Earth. But they didn’t know it. We’re the first species that’s become a planet-scale influence and is aware of that reality. That’s what distinguishes us.

That’s the starting point for this series of paintings. Once we become aware of this precarious reality, we need to pay attention to human beings’ effect on the world. These paintings are a reminder that there is no time for complacency.

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Alan Loehle
Writer / Painter

Alan Loehle has been living and painting in Atlanta, Georgia since 1987. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, and a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. His work resides in private and public collections throughout the United States and in England, and has been featured in numerous publications, including The Paris Review, Art Papers Magazine and, most recently, Research in Phenomenology. Loehle is a Professor of Studio Art and Chair of the Art Department at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. He is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta.



Anthropocene Series

Alan Loehle

I Voted
Laura Parker Roerden
Selected Poems
Zoe Korte
Absolutely Fucked & Selected Works
Yasmeen Mir
Why Nursing?
Sara Luster
My Pandemic Reality
Reyna Amaya
Barren or Fruitless
Zoë Barnstone-Clark
This is What Democracy Looks Like:
Sacred, Hard Won, and Fragile

Contributing Artists
American Omens
Lynn Mitchell
R.B. Kitaj
Alan Loehle
Education in the Age of COVID
Bonnie Culver
Theater of Cruelty
Cody Marsh
Selected Talisman Poems
Aliki Barnstone & Corina Dross
Selected Poems
Jacob Griffin Hall
Julia Fleming-Dresser
Adam Sobsey
Anthropocine Series
Alan Loehle
Ernest Burden
Trans World Airlines
Human Decency: A Priority
Michael Matos
Phoenician Morphosis & Selected Works
Knocking for the Future
Pauline Allen
Meet Them Where They Live (Part 1)
Paxton Farrar
Deb Luster
Consider This
Akiya Henry
Selected Works
Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah
A View of Black Lives Matter
Contributing Artists
True Form Films
Yeniffer Behrens-Mendoza & Mauricio Mendoza
PFAs Contamination
Tonya Chandler
The Dirt on Clean Wine
Tom Mills & Adrienne Voboril
Reinvent & Reconsider
Holly Arbuckle
One Health by Design
Jessi Flynn
Kweza Craft Brewery
Jessi Flynn
A New Resistance
Ed Brown
Beyond Rorschach
John Fleming
Journey to Her Roots
Kat Donnelly
Drink Different
Jason Dibble
The Frontier in my Fridge
Chien-Kang Chen
Kyung Me
When BeDeviled
Sara Jolena Wolcott
10 Years in the U.S.
Yee Eun Nam
Diatribe Diaries
D.S. Legters
The Bucky Ball
Contributing Writers & Artists
Isabel Mareş
Infinity + 1
David Zung
The Jingle Dress Project
Eugene Tapahe
Flowers Everywhere
Deependra Bajracharya
Desire Lines
Gui Marcondes
Planetary Health and the Great Transition
Marie Studer

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