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'No Borders' for Earth Day

Posted on: Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lucy + Jorge Orta's  'Antarctica'  installation at Hangar Bicocca in Milan suggests a utopic realm or safe refuge without borders and the 'equitable distribution of resources' as a new view on 'true globalisation'. Given that the Antarctic contains 70% of the planet's fresh water reserves and is off limits to military activity, where else should we turn for ideas that might thaw our numbness and paralysis to date?

I will thankfully spend Earth Day without a drop parachute or survival kit. Extremes abound but the edges are thankfully overlapping and softening like never before. There is unity as well in the colorful fabrics that flap in the breeze as emblems of what distinguish us.

Julia Lohmann's Kelp Creations

Posted on: Sunday, April 20, 2008

There is a lot of sustainable design and haute-craft buzz from this week's Salone Internazionale del Mobile, and I have been hoping to hear news of Julia Lohmann's dried kelp lamps and sculpted marine forms. The London-based artist is creating a series of luminescent seaweed designs inspired by her recent residency in Sapporo, Japan. An on-site demonstration of Lohmann's process can be viewed at gallery Nilafur as part of the Panta Rei exhibition which runs through the end of May.

If you have not yet seen the artist's 'The Catch' project addressing excessive deep sea fishing and the depletion of our oceans, this is a must see, too.

via dezeen

THE LAND's New Gallery in Albuquerque

Posted on: Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Earth Maiden by Kathy Bruce, Summer 2007 (photo by Tom Cates)

The Land/an art site will be opening its gallery doors for the first time this Friday, April 11th, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The inaugural exhibit, 34.495N, 106.330W will feature international artists who have recently completed residencies at the 40 acre art and conservation site located near Mountainair, NM. Exhibiting artists include Kathy Bruce (work pictured above), Thomas Cates, Francisco Guevara, Yolanda Gutierrez, J.A. Lee, Alastair Noble (work pictured below), E. Nuevo, and Miriam Sagan.

Mapping Arcadia by Alastair Noble, Summer 2007 (photo by Edite Cates)

Both the art site itself and the new in-town gallery are part of this New Mexico-based non-profit's mission to promote environmental awareness though a sustained dialogue about art created on the land and for the land via off-the-grid, immersive residencies. You can read about my transformative 2006 residency at THE LAND/an art site on Stay tuned for the upcoming 'collaborative' exhibit, Site Unseen, during Fall 2008.

Groundcover 01 by Abigail Doan, Fall 2006 (photo by the artist)

Mackenzie Frere's Netscapes

Posted on: Monday, April 07, 2008

I was recently introduced to the fiber work of Canadian artist, Mackenzie Frere, by way of his online forum/blog, Art Cloth Text. Frere's work is not only technically stunning but also poetically and ethereally breathtaking. I was particularly drawn to the floating panels and woven scrims featured on the artist's website

His 'Net in the Water' piece (pictured below) really caught my eye with its delicate topography and multi-dimensional properties. I was also completely 'ensnared' by Frere's writings on the im(material) and his homage to French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard.

Mackenzie Frere's exquisite fiber work can be seen at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art & Design from now through April 18, 2008.  The artist also curates the online gallery for mixed media and fiber, Poplar Artcraft, which will be featuring my site-specific fiber installation work in the not too distant future.

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