Mankind’s impact on our environment and what the future holds in Jeremy Bolen’s new exhibition – WABE – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Humans have negatively impacted the environment in many ways such as pollution, burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Artist Jeremy Bolen decided to explore the impact with his new exhibition Because the Sky Will Be Filled With Sulfur. He uses sculpture, film and photography to tell a disturbing story about humankind’s impact on our environment and how strange our future might look, even at best. The exhibit runs at MOCA GA through August 6, and Bolen caught up with City Lights host Lois Reitzes to discuss the exhibits and their surreal predictions.

About the mysterious title of the Bolen exhibition:

“I worked on the title of this exhibition for about six months and spoke to a friend and mentor about myself,” Bolen recalls. “I had a few titles that I won’t mention here that didn’t all work that well, and she asked me why I wanted to call it that? And I said, ‘Because the sky will be filled with brimstone,’ and she was like, ‘Well, you have your title.’ I think she was right. I think in the end it’s kind of a warning if I think it reads so poetically too.”

He continued: “It is a warning of what our future could be like. There is a high probability that geoengineering things like this will happen. But I think with this exhibition and with the title I’m trying to have an experience to visually understand the aesthetics of some of these initiatives that could happen.”

Exploring Geoengineering with the Berlin Anthropocene Curriculum Project:

“This project was an incredible, large-scale, experimental, multidisciplinary research project involving scholars, researchers, scientists from all over the world, including all different disciplines, who have a truly extra-inter-multidisciplinary approach to understand, what is happening to our climate. Through a lot of the research I’ve done with this group and my visits to Berlin and visits to the Anthropocene Working Group and other researchers, I’ve become interested in many of these issues affecting the Anthropocene.”

“I did a film called ‘Born Secret’ about four years ago with another artist and writer named Brian Holmes and a sound artist named Brian Kirkbride. And this film explored the Tennessee Valley Authority in Oak Ridge and the Anthropocene’s mode of production,” Bolen said. “While I was working on this, we started to get geoengineered and understand what the implications would be; the encroachments upon the earth systems that could occur largely because of what humanity has done. So instead of changing our behavior, we would try to change the Earth systems.”

Artistic impressions of a geoengineered future:

“The show is anchored by four very large panels,” Bolen said. “They’re photographs printed on acrylic glass on plexiglass and they work, I think, like a stained glass window. You can see through them and then an image is projected through them too… With photographic film I photographed the sky, the daytime sky, and then I covered the negatives with sulfur and then exposed them again. So it’s kind of an attempt to emulate the effects that we’re talking about in solar radiation management, obviously not in a strictly scientific way, but as a sort of poetic response to that suggestion.”

“There are several pieces that stand on the ground that end up really talking about coral bleaching. Of course, as the world heats up and more carbon is produced, everything will be affected, but coral bleaching is becoming a growing problem. So there are sculptures that I think exaggeratedly mimic types of cooling and protection for corals. All of these pieces also involve aircraft parts; There are tray tables for airplanes and what’s called a personal service unit, that’s the air conditioning unit above you when you’re on the plane. [I’m] Thinking about global travel and the impact that is having.”

Because the Sky Will Be Filled With Sulfur, a solo show by Jeremy Bolen, is available now through August 6 at MOCA GA. Bolen will also have a live artist talk at the museum on June 21st at 7pm. Tickets and more information are available at

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