Future Fossil

An exhibition by Clarissa Tossin RI ’18

January 31–March 16, 2019

Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery
Hours: Noon–5 PM, Monday–Saturday
Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Opening reception: January 30, 2019, at 6 PM

Woven baskets, based on Baniwa patterns, created from Amazon.com boxes cut in strips with archival inkjet prints of the Milky Way, Mars and the Amazon Rainforest on glossy photo paper.

Images courtesy of the artist.

Clarissa Tossin, a Radcliffe fellow in 2017–2018, expands upon her fellowship project with a newly commissioned exhibition that considers the ecology of an uncertain future. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction trilogy Xenogenesis (1989), in which the Amazon becomes the site for a new civilization of alien-human hybrids, Tossin speculates upon a postapocalyptic world following ecological collapse. Pairing DIY plastic recycling techniques with the materials and practices of Amazonian aesthetic traditions, Tossin highlights the contemporary footprint left in the geological sedimentation of the earth. These new works consider indigenous knowledge in relationship to the environment, while they also resemble ruins of a world yet to come.

Clarissa Tossin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Using installation, video, performance, sculpture, and photography, she investigates material cultural production and the ways in which it simultaneously represents the hybridization of global cultures and the persistence of difference. Her work has been exhibited at, among others, the Blaffer Art Museum, in Houston; the Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Museum of Latin American Art, in Long Beach; the Queens Museum, in New York; SITE Santa Fe; the Wattis Institute, in San Francisco; Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Exhibition organized by Meg Rotzel, Radcliffe arts program manager