Caroline Rothwell

07 Oct - 31 Dec 2015, All Day

Temple Contemporary, PA


Caroline Rothwell, Habit, emission on wall. Photo: Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University


07 Oct - 31 Dec 2015
All Day


Temple Contemporary
2001 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA,  PA19122
United States
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Artist Caroline Rothwell uses carbon emissions from Philadelphia's industrial smokestacks to paint an endangered plant species onto a city building.

From smokestacks to exhaust pipes, Caroline Rothwell collects carbon emissions and transforms the soot into paintings of endangered flora and fauna.

For the large performative wall drawing, Habit - Rothwell uses emissions gathered from Philadelphia's Temple University smokestacks to create a temporary painting of endangered Pennsylvania plants at 11th Street and Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia.

In a process similar to one used in the 19th century in which “lamp black” carbon was collected from the inside of oil-burning lamps to create pigment, Rothwell and her helpers collect soot and mix it with water to create a temporary painting medium.

Interested in the absurd action of collecting industrial exhaust emissions as a natural history painting medium, Rothwell's work connects art, science, ecology and ideology.

Habit is on view until it fades away.

Curated by Robert Blackson, Habit is supported by Temple Contemporary and Temple University's Office of Sustainability


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