A new exhibit in Long Island City explores climate change through art

Arctic Trash I by Jose Carlos Casado

The “fever” art exhibit in Long Island City is tackling the subjects of climate change and global warming.

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 30, Long Island City Artists and The Plaxall Gallery (5-46 46th Ave.) will host to the free exhibit, which showcases thought-provoking and poetic interpretations of these issues plaguing our world.

“The show incorporates painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. It will be installed alongside informative quotes from world leaders, challenging and bringing awareness to a serious issue that affects the planet,” said “fever” coordinator Cristian Pietrapiana.

Approximately 23 artists from the Long Island City Artists (LiC-A) group are slated to show their works in the monthlong exhibition. LiC-A is a local nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to increase the development and visibility of professional and emerging artists in LIC. The nonprofit is based out of The Plaxall Gallery. A full list of participating “fever” artists is included below.

  • J.F. Bautista
  • Violet Baxter
  • Patricia Bouley
  • José Carlos Casado
  • Carol Crawford
  • Joseph De Leo
  • Everything Is Collective
  • Jean Foos
  • Orestes González
  • Jean-Marie Guyaux
  • Ivana Larrosa
  • Jim Lee
  • Guido Manuilo
  • Nancy Miller
  • Cristián Pietrapiana
  • Mary Pinto
  • Nancy Rakoczy
  • James Seffers
  • Andrés Senra
  • Ruth Somalo
  • Sharon Taylor
  • Marjorie Van Cura
  • Zelda Zinn









Pietrapiana, along with curators Franco Repetto and Ivana Larrosa, came up with the idea for a show that had “the overriding theme of climate change.” While conceptualizing the exhibit, the group had selected artists to show their works in a smaller gallery, according to Pietrapiana. But their intimate exhibit caught Plaxall’s interest and their proposal was accepted to show “fever” at the famed LIC gallery.

“When Plaxall showed interest and accepted the proposal, it turned into an open call for all artists whose work related to the theme and thus a more inclusive and expanded selection was created by [the] curators,” Pietrapiana shared.

He explained that each artist who was chosen for the show has different paths and reasons for creating their pieces, but the curators put together the show with a specific goal in mind.

“The curators have put together a cohesive body of work hoping for viewers to become aware and think independently about climate change. If it provokes viewers to take it further and talk about it at home and express their concern with their government representatives, then we have achieved our purpose,” Pietrapiana said.

In addition to “fever,” Plaxall is showing two concurrent exhibits dealing with current social issues: “Unnatural Selection” and “My White Dress.”

“Fever” is free and open to the public and can be viewed on Thursdays at 6 to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The opening reception for the show is on Sept. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information contact Cristian Pietrapiana at [email protected] or Norma Homberg at [email protected]. Updates are also available on the Long Island City Artists Facebook and Twitter.