Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss

A multinational conspiracy of artists raising a ruckus about the exploitation of natural resources. A project for anyone - non-artist as well as artist - who is passionate about art and the environment. Sponsored by the CODEX Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.


"Are we condemned to be spectators? Can we affect the course of events? Can we claim ‘compassion fatigue’ when we show no sign of consumption fatigue? "                       
—Sebastiao Salgado, photographer

Human civilization is out of balance with the rest of life. We’re gorging on natural resources without regard to the consequences. But it’s not too late. We can change course. And it starts with sounding an alarm. During the Summer of 2021, hundreds of artists in the U.S. and many other countries will raise a ruckus. We’ve reached a turning point in the development of EXTRACTION ART. We need to advance to the next stage, and we need your help to make that happen. Nothing like EXTRACTION ART has been attempted before: By joining us now, you can add your voice to an international chorus of people who have come together to declare, “Enough!”


"On behalf of the land and everything living on it, new image wars must be waged."
—Lucy Lippard, art critic, curator, activist

The estimated cost of the next stage is $250,000. Initially we are seeking $50,000—to pay staff and production costs. Here’s the breakdown:

Website. Build a web infrastructure that makes our online presence more interactive and participatory.

Digital newsletter. Convert into an open space for participants to share news, ideas, provocations, and notices of related exhibits and events.

Megazine. Release a massive print publication—a Whole Extraction Catalogue. Distributed at no cost to 10,000 recipients. The Megazine will function as a rehearsal for and preview of the Summer of 2021 ruckus, and it will also serve as a final call for artists and art venues while at the same time launching our publicity campaign, by providing maps and schedules for 2021 EXTRACTION ART interventions, across the U.S. and abroad.


     A donation of any amount: your name will be listed as a supporter on the Extraction website.

     $25 - Extraction Ephemera Postcard.

     $75 - Limited Edition Megazine. 

     $100 - Limited Edition Extraction T-Shirt

     $225 - The Blind Horses Broadside.

     $250 - Days of Buffalo Broadside.

     $250 - Standing Rock Print.
                [ONLY 10 REMAINING]

     $2500 - Words on the Edge: A Portfolio of Fine-Printed Broadsides.
                [5 Available at Discount Price - SOLD OUT]

     $3500 - Words on the Edge (Regular Price)
                [20 Available]


A donation of any amount:
your name will be listed as a supporter on the Extraction website.

$25 - Extraction Ephemera Postcard. Designed and letter-press printed by Peter Koch Printers.

$75 - Limited Edition Megazine.* Contains a riot of artwork, graphics, photographs, manifestos, critical and creative writings, archival material, and so on. It will serve as a guide to all Extraction interventions, including maps, event schedules, exhibition announcements, gallery guides, etc. We expect the Megazine to become an instantaneous collector’s item.


$100 - Limited Edition Extraction T-Shirt and donor's name printed as a supporter in the Megazine.**

$225 - The Blind Horses Broadside. Letterpress printed broadside by Peter Rutledge Koch featuring poetry by Ed Lahey.

$250 -  Days of Buffalo Broadside. Letterpress printed broadside by Peter Rutledge Koch, featuring poetry by Debra Magpie Earling.

$250 - Standing Rock Print. Fine art editions designer and publisher Christopher Benson and CODEX founder and printer Peter Rutledge Koch have collaborated on a broadside print, consisting of an archival ink reproduction of Benson’s painting "Standing Rock" and a letterpress-printed quotation from Sitting Bull, addressing European encroachment on native lands and people.

36026906_1546983268375020_r.jpegChristopher Benson's "Standing Rock" Painting.

$2500 - Words on the Edge: A Portfolio of Fine-printed Broadsides. Peter Koch has persuaded two dozen fine presses to participate. Peter and contributing editors Jane Hirshfield, Jan Zwicky, and Edwin Dobb have chosen and received permission to use the texts of an equal number of poets and writers. The portfolio  will include poems by Margaret Atwood, Gary Snyder, Joy Harjo, Jane Hirshfield, Arthur Sze, Kay Ryan, Eliza Griswold, Wendell Berry, Edwin Dobb, Natalie Diaz, Robert Bringhurst, William Kittredge, and more.

36026906_15716910387912_r.jpeg36026906_1547071977490838_r.jpegImages from the printing of Words on the Edge.

*A donation of any amount higher than $75 will also include the Limited Edition Megazine as a reward.
**A donation of any amount higher than $100 will result in the donor's name printed in the Megazine.


"Every human being is an artist, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking, and structures that shape and inform our lives."                       –Joseph Beuys, artist

During a time of growing despair and paralysis, EXTRACTION ART provides a life-affirming alternative. Where there’s art, there’s hope.

Everyone can take action. Whether you’re a creator or a catalyst or both, you can counter the negative news we are awash in every day. Refusing to be a passive spectator is the first step toward transforming the world.

We can’t succeed without the support of people who appreciate the power of art to alter perception, awaken the spirit, and inspire action.

MEET THE EXTRACTIONISTAS                                                

Peter Koch is a http://www.codexfoundation.org/">master printer , fine press designer and publisher, and book artist. His work has been exhibited in and collected by museums, galleries, and libraries across the country. Peter has many years of experience organizing large art events, most importantly the CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium , which he, along with his wife, Susan Filter, founded and directs. 

Edwin Dobb is a former editor-in-chief of The Sciences and former contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine. Lately Edwin has been working for National Geographic. Recent projects also include two limited edition fine press books , both collaborations with visual artists.
Project Manager Sam Pelts is a graduate of Cornell University where he earned a dual-degree in Fine Art and Psychology.

The core project catalysts include an art conservator; distinguished poet; longtime environmental lawyer; international independent curator; retired book publisher; editor who specializes in architecture; and several accomplished artists, art teachers, and arts administrators.

Prominent critics, historians, educators, and environmentalists have been enlisted as advisors and to help forge affiliations with non-art organizations.

The Nevada Museum of Art, an international leader in the collection and exhibition of environmentally related art, will archive all project documentation, guaranteeing that EXTRACTION ART will endure as a model for others.


We need funding, yes, but we also need allies, from all walks of life, all perspectives, all regions.

If you can’t donate now, please share the project site link. Call attention to the “About” page, where a brief overview can be found, and the “News” page, where our first newsletter is posted. Also please share our GoFundMe page link with friends, family, and others via email, texts, Twitter, Facebook, and so on.

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