Earthsuits

Paintings by Ian Cion

January 11 – February 26, 2021

We welcome Berkeley-based artist Ian Cion and his series of paintings, Earthsuits. After working with NASA to develop a series of spacesuits, Ian became interested in the idea of functional, protective clothing. Designed to mitigate environmental and cultural dangers while providing mobility and climate control, Earthsuits explore our possible adaptations to a more precarious existence on earth. 

 
Future thinking is often technical, looking for scientific solutions to problems like climate change. Ian Cion could have taken this route and employed 3D renderings and spec lists of technology to formulate his earthsuits ideas. Instead, he uses his collage and quilting inspired paintings to initiate a more open and exploratory dialogue about how we will adapt to our changing world. The earthsuits of Ian’s imagination are not products off a shelf; they are unique expressions of resilience that do not contribute to the problems they seek to protect against. His work emphasizes the idea that time itself creates beauty and that the patina of wear enhances things aged and cherished.

Step into the earthsuit series, and try it on for size. Ask yourself, what would my suit look like? Who would I be in my earthsuit?

Virtual Artist Reception
Thursday, January 21

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join artist Ian Cion and us for an informal conversation about his Earthsuit series, his past work on NASA spacesuits, and envisioning our future through art. Let us know if you’ll attend. Those who RSVP will receive an email notification on the day of the event with the Zoom information.

 

More Information

Visit: thunderbirdastronautics.com

Questions: For pricing and information, please contact Ian at cion@thunderbirdastronautics.com

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Please note: Because of the current COVID-19 health crisis, our physical office gallery is not open to the public.

Exhibit Gallery

Art Exhibits

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California Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
22” x 22” | 2020

Sold

World Traveler Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
22” x 22″ | 2020

$1,200

Blue Llama Robe Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
22” x 22” | 2020

$1,200

Psychonaut Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
24 ”x 36”  |  2020

$1,600

Earthsuit in Gold
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
24” x 36”  |  2020

$1,600

Farmer Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
24” x 36”  |   2020

$1,600

Glass Silk Photovoltaic Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
36” x 72”  |  2020

$2,200

Jaguar Shaman Earthsuit
Acrylic on Canvas
36” x 72”  |  2020

$2,200

Wabi Sabi Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
24” x 48”  |  2020

$1,900

Pow Wow Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
22” x 22”  |  2020

$1,200

Mountaineer Earthsuit
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
22” x 22”  |  2020

$1,200

The New Normal
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
16” x 20”  |  2020

Sold

Biomimic
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
24” x 36”  |  2020

$1,600

See the Trip Wire
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
54” x 84”  | 2020

$5,000

Thrive and Survive Air
Acrylic on mixed fabrics
16” x 20”  |  2020

$850

 

Featured Videos

Art Exhibits

A Conversation with Ian Cion and Kate King

 

More About Ian Cion

Art Exhibits

In 2015 while serving as the founding director of the Arts in Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ian Cion began working on a series of space suits in collaboration with NASA, ILC Dover, who have made spacesuits for NASA since the Apollo era, and the astronaut Nicole Stott. Cion and Stott traveled to hospitals around the world, setting up art studios for patients, families, and staff. Artwork made in these hospital sessions were collected and arranged by Cion then sewn together by ILC Dover. Several of these colorful spacesuits were flown on Space X rockets to the International Space Station and worn by astronauts on board. While in the suits, the astronauts live-streamed down to the patients and families that worked on the project, many of whom gathered at Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston or watched from hospitals around the world as their artwork orbited 250 miles above the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour. This project led Cion into a further collaboration with ILC Dover, where he consulted on the design of several new space suits in development for both NASA and private space companies.

Ian Cion currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.

For more information please visit thunderbirdastronautics.com