A Commemorative Project of the Fortieth Anniversary of Love Canal


As a means of introducing ourselves and one of our major current works,
we wanted to create an overview of this community-based environmental project.

It commemorates the Fortieth Anniversary of Love Canal
all that continues
and what else has been happening
and what is yet to come...

Throughout the years, we have continued to follow with great interest and concern other toxic sites throughout the country.
Unfortunately, the situation only seems to proliferate as in the developing story in Flint
and so many others. As the media refocuses on the latest story, the existing sites
remain hidden or forgotten, un-remediated and only continue to deteriorate further.
Below is a brief project description, relevant links and contact information.

CoLabART’s Fortieth-Anniversary commemorative project of the environmental disaster known as Love Canal,
the poisoning of an American community that ushered in the EPA’s Superfund,
will detail 39 additional sites throughout the country.
Initially, there will be four sites chosen as the demo prototypes – 2 on each coast.
A methodological "best pracitices" manual will be created from these sites to facilitate the other 36 sites to follow.
Using a community-based methodology designed for citizenry empowerment and political action,
each site selected will represent many with similar toxic issues – thus facilitating linkages and direct participation
from not only the surrounding communities but those with similar issues throughout the country.
Relevant institutions, organizations, specialists, etc., will be an essential aspect of this social praxis while each
of the designated venues will produce travelling exhibitions, online linkages,
printed materials and social and traditional media attention.

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CoLabART’s art practice has always been informed by the spirituality of the land, the American sense of place tradition as well as the pervasive encroachment in the name of progress. Our commitment to the environment and future well-being of the earth put us on the path to incorporate these aspects into our collaborative artwork that was begun during our first Residency Fellowships to Yaddo, Saratoga Springs NY. In the fall of 1978, having just arrived, an article in the Saratogian caught our attention: in Niagara Falls NY a young mother by the name of Lois Gibbs together with the Homeowners Association was breaking news and our decision then and there to travel across the state had a profound impact on our lives. We met with the community, recorded their stories and documented the site before it was closed off to the public – producing the only art imagery from there.
Other subsequent environmental documentation followed – including the GE Moreau toxic site in South Glens Falls NY.

At present, we are in the preliminary stages of developing resources, identifying funding possibilities, creating Strange Love’s presence on our viewart.com site, forming an advisory committee and so on. We are pleased to say that our project was accepted into the Round II funding cycle of Creative Capital’s grant procedure and are finishing up the application process to hopefully move ahead to the next phase. The undertaking will involve many facets over a more than four-year period beginning in January of 2019 – building out as it progresses.

In addition to exhibitions, an ever-increasing online presence with linkages to informational sources, the project will utilize social media, printed materials, earned-income merchandise, a book and documentary, funding permitting.

would welcome having your input,
which could only serve to enhance this timely project:


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– Lynn Small + Dennis Paul’s viewart was one of the earliest artist presence [1994] on the internet – designing an ever-changing, expandable site reflecting mixed-media artworks, transmedia immersive installations and conceptualizations. Viewart draws upon our travels, experiences confronting world issues and the wealth of new tools and brushes through the emergence of new-media. It celebrates the spirit of the land, the myths, codas of ancient civilizations, the capacity of the human mind to dream, imagine and create. Our practice requires years of site-specific documentation, research in archives/libraries and the synthesis of data. CoLabART’s endeavors benefit from contributions of artists, musicians, writers, performers and reaching out to the scientific and academic communities. Lynn, a lifelong artist, is a four-time finalist for the Gottlieb grant and an art honors graduate of New York’s The High School of Music and Art and New York University. Dennis, a photographer and new-media artist, in 1977 established the Development Office for NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs and in1980 created the development syllabus and taught at NYU’s Post-Graduate Museum Studies Program until 1985. We have lived, worked, exhibited and lectured in New York, Europe, Mexico, Los Angeles and our art is included in many public and private collections.

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