"Grand Birds of the Philippines" mixed media works on paper by David Tomb in conjunction with Jeepney Projects Worldwide, October 12-November 10, will feature the iconic and critically endangered Great Philippine Eagle and other endemic birds of the Philippines, including the Rufous Hornbill. Tomb’s latest artworks are luminous and colorful paper assemblages with subtle low relief elements that help convey spatial depth as well as the ambiguous and mysterious jungle terrain of Mindanao.In the gallery there will be living plants that will add to the ambience of the Mindanao jungle—one of the richest and most diverse habitats in the Philippines. There will be a 12-foot high 15-foot wide wall piece of a life size Philippine Eagle nest site. With this project Tomb brings attention to the challenges and tensions these grand birds face in order to survive and share a sustainable future with an ever-growing Filipino population.
Tomb is co-founder of Jeepney Projects Worldwide: Art for Conservation, an organization that is partnering with regional conservation groups to inspire, support, and restore lost habitat of critically endangered birds. In January of 2011, Tomb and the Jeepney team visited Mt. Kitanglad on Mindanao to see wild nesting Great Philippine Eagles and other endemic birds. Jeepney has since partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation to create limited fine art prints to raise money for research and public outreach/education about the Eagle.
Tomb has exhibited in galleries, universities, and museums extensively across the United States and has been published widely including the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Harpers. Tomb's work is in many public collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Huntington Library, and the Consulate General of the United States embassies in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.
Electric Works Gallery and the Grand Birds of the Philippines exhibition is available for school and group tours. To schedule a docent tour, contact Judith Lang (415) 626-5496.
Gallery hours are:
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm