The Complexities of Water
Biological Regionalism: Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Complexities of Water - Biological Regionalism: Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal is a 180-page full-color beautifully designed and illustrated publication that will examine how the holiest river in Nepal became spoiled by decades of pollution and policies that did not address issues of urban migration. Through aesthetically-interesting and related imagery, maps, and graphs, we hope to provide a new perspective on the interconnectedness of science, economics, environmentalism and art as it relates to the complexities of climate change and its effects on water. By understanding the interrelatedness of complicated issues in the specific local region, the audience can begin to appreciate the complexities and connectiveness of their own locality to the global community.
For more information about the project: www.bagmatiriverartproject.com
(Limited edition -hardcover with slip case - $100 or softcover book - $45)
Extinct Birds Project
The Extinct Birds Project started in 2015 after Alberto Rey witnessed a drawer full of extinct birds at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY. On the clean white paper were the bodies of seven extinct birds and around a dozen other threatened species. A tremendous veil of sadness laced every one of the specimens and countless questions immediately ran through Alberto's mind: How did the institution get these extinct birds? Why did they go extinct? Should they have been collected if they went extinct? Where were these birds collected? Have the bodies been gutted and filled with cotton? How do they do that? Who and how were these specimens collected? What were the collectors’ lives like?
This beautifully-designed and illustrated full-color book, which accompanies an exhibition and this website, tries to answer these questions and several others about seventeen extinct birds species. The publication examines at least one of the specimens from each of these species and the ornithologist who collected them. The essays and illustrations presents complicated global environmental and societal issues in an accessible and interesting manner."
The book consist of 208 full-color pages with 143 illustrations. It was printed in the USA on post-consumer recycled paper and complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified from sustainable forests.
For more information about the project: www.extinctbirdsproject.com
(Softcover book - $75)
Lost Beauty : Icebergs
Lost Beauty: Icebergs book investigates the history of how the project came together, the process of creating the painting, the book designer's thought process in the layout of the publication and the dramatic effects of climate change on the Breiđamerkurjökull glacier and the rest of the world.
These 200 limited edition, full color, hardcover books of numbered, signed, each has a unique drawing and can be personalized.
For more information about the project: www.lostbeautyicebergs.com
(Hardcover book - $100 and Softcover - $50)
Western New York
In 2018, a group of faculty from the State University of New York at Fredonia applied for a grant to fund the publication of a book that would explore the flora, fauna, geology and history of a small but important stream that flows through several communities in western New York. The team of passionate volunteers was comprised of diverse university faculty and students who worked together with community members to create an educational and holistic document that would provide an important record of the complexities of Canadaway Creek for future generations.
The Costello Interplay Award for Science and the Arts provided the financial support for the publication of Canadaway. The Costello Interplay Award Fund was created in 2016 by Dennis and Kathryn Costello to support projects that investigate connections between the arts and sciences and to give students and faculty a deeper understanding of each other’s fields. The Patrie Family Endowment later collaborated and added additional support to the Costello Interplay Award Fund. This publication is not for sale but a copy is available for educational purposes while supplies last.
Lost Beauty II
The Art of the Museum Stories
For the first time ever, experience the Museum’s Collection through the eyes of an artist.
The Buffalo Museum of Science and renowned artist Alberto Rey invite you to examine a special selection of fifteen items from our vast collection and, through his paintings, look beyond the scale, label, or fragment, to appreciate the lost beauty within.
Museums are sometimes described as the storehouses of the human condition. While museums can house artifacts and specimens from across time and place, it is how these items inspire others that truly gives them value. The same object or specimen invokes something different in each of us.
The exhibition and publication tries to answer the following: Why are these items in the collection, and what can they tell us? Why should they matter? How does safeguarding these particular items further our understanding of the world around us?
This publication is for sale through the Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY.
Oswego River and Lake Ontario, Central New York, USA
"Upon discovering Alberto Rey’s creative endeavors several years ago, it was quickly clear that a collaboration with SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery was a logical if not pre-ordained next step. His Biological Regionalism series of exhibitions based new artworks on intense study of and focus on specific places with waterways as a broad scale feature. We sincerely hope this exhibition will serve as a point of reflection and appreciation for all viewers and its contents will continue to do so for many years to come as these works become part of the college’s permanent art collection."
Michael Flanagan, Tyler Art Gallery Director, SUNY Oswego
Alberto Rey's Cuban and American Art
(2014 - State University of New York Press)
Life Streams explores the paintings, videos, sculptures, and installations of Alberto Rey, an artist whose work addresses issues of identity, cultural diversity, environmental studies, and global sustainability. As a Cuban-born artist living in western New York State, Rey's current work emphasizes his involvement with his community and its local landscape, especially its trout streams and their surrounding environment. Through Rey's travels from his home in the upstate New York village of Fredonia to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and to almost every state in the United States, he has gained an understanding of people, places, flora, and fauna.
This book provides biographical information about Rey and a contextual study of his work. The contributors have written about Rey's work from perspectives based on cultural studies, identity studies, literary studies, and philosophical studies. Interest in his Cuban and American identities are linked to his interest in global culture and his recent study of fish species and environmental issues. As such, this book reflects current approaches that focus attention on connected cultural issues and contemporary concerns about the environment, conservation, restoration, and preservation. Rey's work provides a new perspective on these topics as he combines art with activism on a local, regional, national, and international level.