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Agnes Denes: Earthworks and Drawings

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A gallery of works from the land art pioneer.

A recent post from the shrewd people at 01 reminded us about the work of Agnes Denes, the eco-focused artist who has consistently blazed trails in environmental art throughout her career. Denes's monumental earthworks and exquisite drawings investigate the troubled relationship between Earth and humanity. One of Denes's most iconic works, 1982's 'Wheatfield — A......read more

Werner Schroedl's Strange Staged Actions

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Austrian artist asks, "What would happen if..."

Viennese conceptual artist Werner Schroedl, whose work we recently spotted over at Booooooom, dreams up fantastic situations then attempts to recreate them and document what ensues. One Schroedl performance series is concerned with the ways a person can end up falling in water. In a staged action, the artist climbs the mast of a sailboat which capsizes into a frigid lake. In another, he takes a......read more

Cool Conceptual Photography by Ross Sawyers

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Photos of model environments question the idea of 'home'

Inner city condo development gets marks for increasing urban density and making homes more affordable. But it also creates a new form of tension as people adjust to living in smaller spaces, in closer proximity to one another. Using miniature models of residential spaces, conceptual photographer Ross Sawyers explores the tensions inherent in housing development: By constructing model rooms......read more

Tierney Gearon: Shapes

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Colored Plexiglas forms used to explore themes of captivity

In Tierney Gearon's Shapes series, the model-turned-photographer captures figures enclosed in transluscent boxes in different settings around the world. For the multiyear project, which originally appeared in NYT Magazine (h/t Faith is Torment), she shipped sheets of colored Plexiglas to picturesque places like St. Barts and Telluride, where she assembled the structures before placing her kids,......read more

Conceptual Landscape Paintings by Jonathan Zawada

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Large-scale neon landscapes interpreted from digital data.

Fact: The more pot high school seniors smoke, the more music they buy. That's just one of the many offbeat sociological observations made by Australian artist Jonathan Zawada in Over Time, a series of oil paintings that recently wrapped its run at Prism Gallery in LA. A self-described "tech junkie," Zawada collected random bits of data — like the value of land over time in Dubai vs. in......read more

Dreamy Desert Photos by Alfredo de Stefano

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Conceptual photographer mixes natural and manmade elements to explore humanity's effect on the planet

"Deserts thrill us because they show us nature before man. They also show us what the world could be like after man has disappeared." - Théodore Monod Alfredo De Stefano is obsessed with deserts. Over the last several years, the contemporary Mexican photographer has visited arid landscapes all over the globe to create ethereal images that address the natural environment's elemental......read more

RETHINK - Contemporary Art and Climate Change

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Art exhibition in Copenhagen explores the interesection of art, culture and global warming.

I recently met Beth Terry, the author of a great blog on plastic pollution called Fake Plastic Fish (the definitive resource on our culture’s obsession with plastics) at a very sobering event – the return from an expedition to Midway Island with photographer Chris Jordan, who traveled there with a film crew to document the “plastic graveyard.” Midway is literally “midway” from......read more

Ars Natura: Genesis

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In his inaugural SHFT post, Karl Burkart explains why the hell a renowned green-tech blogger is writing a column on art and nature.

This is the first in a series I’m writing for SHFT called Ars Natura: art in nature, nature in art. Though I typically blog abut media and technology I have become increasingly aware that the problems our civilization faces are not going to be solved by technological ingenuity alone. Yes I believe we can solve the energy problem and perhaps even find a way to deflate the planet’s overheated......read more

Ars Natura: Lea Turto

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Finnish artist's felted trees unlock the mystical past of her homeland.

The Finns are a thoroughly modern people. They are world-famous for their uber-modern design aesthetic and are wont to include any historical references of any sort in their architecture or design. And while the country revels in its modern history, it is next to impossible to find any information on the ancient roots of the Finnish people. In contrast to Norway and Sweden, Finland is not......read more

MAKE TV: Kinetic Wave Sculptures

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Reuben Margolin’s kinetic art.

Reuben Margolin is a visionary Bay Area artist who creates totally singular kinetic wave sculptures from a variety of found materials. Graceful and mesmerizing, Margolin’s work is inspired by natural reference points like water droplets, wind gusts, and ocean eddies. Here, MAKE: television takes a look at the artist and his process. ...read more

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