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Yen Weick

July 3 - 17, 2021


Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss

How do we affect the earth when we take what we want or need without adequately considering the consequences?


Yen Weick’s extensive travels have led her to witness the physical impact of many types of extractions from the Earth. In this exhibit she captures the beauty and the desolation of three sites: the ruins of the Oliver and Leslie Salt Works in California’s San Francisco Bay Area; the vastness of the Bingham Copper Mine in Butte, Montana, the largest man-made excavation on earth, where each “tiny” truck navigating the “tiny” roads up the edge of the mine has 12’ diameter tires; and finally, the extraction of trees from the Matang Mangrove Forest in Malaysia that provides wood for charcoal especially coveted in Japan.

Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss is a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention which seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction. A global coalition of artists and creators committed to shining a light on all forms of extractive industry—from mining and drilling to the reckless plundering and exploitation of fresh water, fertile soil, timber, marine life, and innumerable other resources across the globe—the Extraction Project will culminate in a constellation of nearly fifty overlapping exhibitions, performances, installations, site-specific work, land art, street art, publications, poetry readings, and cross-media events throughout 2021 and beyond.

Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss is a special project of the CODEX Foundation

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