Otis Street Arts Project

Otis Street Arts Project

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2 Events in July.

Tuesday July 19

The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

What Can Tarot Cards Teach Us About Climate Change?

Contemporary art piece asks participants to contemplate nature and the future of the planet

It can be hard to face a future we fear. Divination has been used by cultures throughout the world to help people navigate dif cult futures. Artist James Leonard has adapted Tarot cards to help others process what he calls “overwhelming climate anxiety.” This summer he’s traveling the country, making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand- sewn tent.

On Tuesday July 19th, Leonard will be inside his tent at Otis Street Arts Project, offering free, private climate change readings. Everyone is invited. Readings last approximately 15 minutes each and are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leonard calls his artwork The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies.

From the outside, the tent looks like a cross
between a post-apocalyptic wigwam and a children’s blanket fort. The rainbow interior is made out of brightly colored recycled clothing. It required over 500 hours of hand sewing to complete. Detailed tea-colored ink paintings of different plant and animal species—each reportedly affected by climate change are pinned to the outside.

Leonard explains, “A lot of thought has gone into The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies. I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

James Leonard is an internationally exhibited artist. He recently nished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. When not on the road, he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies
Tuesday July 19
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD

Thursday July 28
Artful Flow :: Bluebird Sky Yoga at Otis Street Arts Project

Otis Street Arts Project and Bluebird Sky Yoga are teaming up to bring you a yoga class on Thursday, July 28. Come join us for a 60-minute all-levels flow, set to the sounds of a live DJ. Flow amidst art from Otis Street Art Projects resident artists, and spend time exploring their creative works after class.

Get tickets HERE
Yoga and DJ and ArtThursday July 28
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

About Bluebird Sky Yoga:
Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC's most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events.

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