Jeff Schmuki has exhibited and/or completed projects at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon in Seoul, South Korea, the Goethe Institute of Cairo, Egypt, and the Bach Modern in Salzburg, Austria. In 2009, the collaborative PlantBot Genetics (www.monsantra.com) was co-founded with Wendy DesChene and in 2010, works incorporating renewable power technologies and sound were created at the American Academy in Rome as visiting artists. Public projects while artists in residence at The Hafnarborg Art Center and Museum in Iceland and the McColl Center for the Arts in North Carolina gained invitations to the Landscape Laboratory at Buitenwerkplaats in the Netherlands, the KulttuuriKauppila Art Center in Il, Finland as well as Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St Louis, Missouri.
Ecological issues are linked to a diverse array of creative operations and tactics in order to extend the “knowledge of the moment,” demonstrate the fragile connection between the natural world and personal action, and offer simple, positive changes that can be enacted to increase sustainability. Horticultural based installations, interventions, and performance foster discussion and generate action in the area of ecological awareness. Whimsically functional yet serious hydroponic plant growth systems, off-grid garden machines, botanic enhancements, and portable fields encourage social responsibility and civic engagement. Realizing my work is directly linked to the community, rigorous yet poetic projects are designed to include the local citizenry. Although the consequences of inefficient and excessive consumption are now being realized worldwide, the regenerative combination of art, agriculture, community, and sustainable power technologies can foster discussions that promote a more accountable use of our limited natural resources.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, destroyed my home and studio in Gulfport, Mississippi. Much was lost in the storm, and I spent the following four years as an artist-in-residence/visiting professor at various venues including SFAI. A heartfelt thanks go to SFAI as the ideas generated from my time as a resident are still present in the work of today.