In Gina Cunningham’s art video “Hell Money,” $20 bills, toy cars and picture frames blacken and shrivel in a raging trash fire. The footage, part of the group exhibit “Sixth” at Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, is accompanied by clips of melting ice caps and rainforests, Cunningham’s statement on how the global economy contributes to climate change.
Cunningham is no stranger to social activism, having protested earlier this year against President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration ban with her installation “For All Boat People,” a collection of 200 paper and wooden boats that were inscribed with wishes and prayers.
Curated by Jane Hart, a former curator at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, “Sixth” argues how climate change, deforestation, overfishing, widespread poaching, habitat destruction, pollution and overpopulation will likely trigger a sixth mass extinction of Earth’s species.
Also exhibiting works are Christina Pettersson, Stephan Tugrul, Sarah Michelle Rupert and Coral Morphologic, this last group composed of two marine biologists (Colin Foord and Jared McKay) whose art videos depict fluorescent coral reef systems scored to ambient electronic music.