Patrick Dougherty at the Bosque School

Patrick Dougherty
October 5 - 25, 2009

Combining his carpentry skills with his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, MapleBodyWrap was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists' Exhibition sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one person show entitled, Waiting It Out In Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environments which required saplings by the truckloads. During the last two decades, he has built over 150 works throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. -from the LAND/ART website

Patrick Dougherty's artist statement for the work at the Bosque School:
One of the hallmarks of my installation work is finding the saplings for construction in the vicinity of the site where the sculpture will be built. So when I arrived at the Bosque school in Albuquerque for a site visit, I was thrilled to see the groves of willow, tamarisk and cottonwood saplings growing along a waterway right behind the school. As it turns out, a Bosque is a forest confined to a flood plain in an arid landscape, and the Bosque adjacent to the school serves as an excellent outdoor classroom. Not only will the students at the school help with the sculpture's construction, but the finished work will entwine with a huge cottonwood tree already central to campus life. This tree provides the shade for outdoor lunch and sits as the gateway between civilization and the untamed natural world only a few hundred yards away. I look forward to working with the Bosque school to create a compelling sapling sculpture in October 2009.

View a french video of the work here.

Read about Patrick's work at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.

Learn more at

LAND/ART in Art Ltd.

excerpt from "Down to Earth", published in art ltd. magazine, Sept. 2009, by marin sardy

"On June 27, a small non-profit contemporary art space in Albuquerque, New Mexico, quietly launched a six-months-long series of exhibitions examining human relationships to the land. Three years in the making, the LAND/ART projects organizers were depending on cooperative ties established among the city's various arts institutions to create a larger impact than would usually be possible in a town not known as an arts center. The nebulous network of groups, each linked to curators who in turn selected artists and specific proposals, would support an appropriately wide range of work attacking the ever-expanding category of "land art."

Read the complete story here.


"It's an art project of global proportion. This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, explore in-depth the months-long project called LAND/ART, where more than 60 artists and 25 arts organizations explore the relationships of land, art, and community" -from the New Mexico inFocus website

smudge studio's research trip to the American nuclear west makes the New York Times

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Last summer smudge's research road trip throughout the Southwest took us to sites that we learned about thanks to Matt Coolidge of The CLUI and Colin Robertson, Bill Fox, Ann Wolfe, Sara Frantz of the Nevada Museum of Art's Center for Art + Environment.

A small bit of the story of our trip made it into the New York Times today. Huge thanks to our colleagues for the invaluable residencies they made possible for us at the Nevada Museum of Art archives and The CLUI's Wendover base and Los Angeles archives.

Just sayin ...

... you gotta love the Land Arts of the American West field semester!

Spiral Jetty

Jason Fancher working in the Great Salt Lake, Utah

Chris Taylor sends a field report from Land Arts of the American West


From this semester's program of the Lubbock-based Land Arts of the American West--a field report. At this moment, the field is the CLUI Wendover base. Chris Taylor sends images and links of the trip and projects, including an incredible laser scan of Double Negative.
Check out their amazing images and works in progress.

Chris writes:

"A brief update from the field. Land Arts from Lubbock is at CLUI Wendover and there was a bit of time online today to post some new images to the Field Reports

Be sure to check out the images of the raw data of our laser scan of Double Negative----very excited about where that material will lead.... Those individual page links are:

Everyone is working away and in addition to our string of guests here we are looking forward to screening the eteam's new film "Truth in Transit" on Thursday night out in Montello, Nevada (poster below). More on the eteam at"
Raw scan data from the first day of laser scanning Double Negative.

Raw scan data of Double Negative from day 2.

Raw scan data if Double Negative with van.

Mark Hensel's "Cryptostructure" in Dispersal/Return

Mark Hensel's Cryptostructure appears in the University of New Mexico Art Museum's Dispersal/Return exhibition. Part of New Mexico's current LAND/ART project, Dispersal/Return exhibits work from alumni of the Land Arts of the American West program.

"Cryptostructure" installation in progress

click on image to view Mark's blog and video


The latest from KNME:

516 ARTS announces Grasslands/Separating Species two-part Exhibition

516 ARTS announces a two-part exhibition curated by Mary Anne Redding, Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum. This project is the culminating exhibition in the six-month series of programs presented by 516 ARTS for LAND/ART, a collaboration exploring land-based art ( The exhibition catalog is published by Radius Books, and features essays by William DeBuys and Rebecca Solnit and Mary Anne Redding (

click image to view press release

click image to view press release

Jo Whaley

Parnassius Apollo

archival pigment print

featured in Separating Species

David Taylor

Border Monument 36

archival inkjet print

featured in Separating Species

Dana Fritz

Tethered Saguaros and Netted Magpies, Desert Dome, Henry Doorly Zoo

from the Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass series

archival inkjet print

featured in Separating Species

Krista Elrick


archival inkjet print

featured in Separating Species

Michael P. Berman


archival inkjet print

featured in Grasslands

New York City's High Line project debuts "Hight Line Art"

photo from HIGH LINE

This week marks the launch of High Line Art, a new Friends of the High Line program. Through High Line Art, Friends of the High Line will commission works from contemporary artists, and partnership with other arts organizations to create works on, around, and inspired by the High Line.

Specials is a collaboration between artists Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramírez Jonas, launched in June 2009. For this ongoing, roving art project, the artists have constructed a mobile unit composed of vendor carts and a 10 x 4 foot wall. On one side of the wall, they hang artwork by a wide range of artists; on the flip side, they serve homemade tacos, free of charge. Each time Specials is presented, the artwork and the type of taco change, in the manner of restaurants’ daily menu specials or art galleries’ changing exhibition schedules. This project deliberately blurs the boundaries between visual art, performance, social gathering space, and festive event. As the artists have stated, "Specials will continue to evolve following a desire to go beyond tired dichotomies of inside/outside, art audience/non art audience, viewer versus participant. It is not This or That; it is This and That."

Specials will be presented on the High Line in the 14th Street Passage (between 13th and 14th Streets). The planned schedule is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday September 17, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Featuring works by Fiona Tan and Regina Silveira, and a potato and corn croquette with red cabbage and avocado taco.

Thursday October 1, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Featuring artists who participated in the 1993 Whitney Biennial, including Janine Antoni, Byron Kim, Simon Leung, Glenn Ligon, Suzanne McClelland, Kiki Smith and Fred Wilson, and a squash, mushroom, and homemade hot sauce taco.

For more information about Specials, see the artists' blog.
Specials was recently written up in Art in America.

Read More About High Line Art

An Atlas of Radical Cartography Event: San Francisco

An Atlas of Radical Cartography
news and events, Fall 2009

San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Gallery
September 19- October 15, 2009

Artists: An Architektur with; the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP); Jacqueline Goss; Ashley Hunt; Institute for Applied Autonomy with Site-R; Invisible 5; Pedro Lasch; Lize Mogel; Trevor Paglen & John Emerson; Brooke Singer; Jane Tsong; Unnayan.
Exhibition Design: Andreas Müller

Opening reception:
Saturday September 19, 1-3pm
Also in the gallery: “Cartographic Imagination: Mapping in Contemporary California Art”

Antipode, Vol. 41, Issue 3
Oyster Magazine (Australia):

Plataforma Arquitectura (blog, Spain):

Molossus (blog):


Take Back the Lawn: Fritz Haeg on Redesigning Landscape
Video from the Art + Environment Conference (watch the video here)

Art and Infrastructure: Patricia Johanson and Petaluma Wetlands Park
Opening September 19 (read more)

Black Rock Design Institute: E Cobb Architects
Thursday, September 24 / 6 pm (read more here)

Land Arts of the American West Archives

"The CA+E Archive has received the first materials from the Land Arts of the American West, an international field-studies program that takes students and artists across the region to study and create art. Participants work at sites ranging from the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon to Michael Heizer's sculpture Double Negative. Started in 2000, Land Arts of the American West is the largest and most developed program of its kind in the United States, and we're gratified to add materials from the program to the archives." -
Link to the museum site for more info.

Call for participants, Ecoshack Design Lab, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA

COMING THIS FALL: Workshop "experiments" at Ecoshack's design lab in Joshua Tree.

3 days, 10 people, lots of creative ideas...

• Workshop #1: Oct 1 - 4, 2009
• Workshop #2: Oct 22 - 25, 2009

More info at

Ansen Seale's "The Corn Crib" opens Sept. 20, San Antonio, TX

A chapel-like environment inside a small century-old, stacked-stone corn crib created by stringing thin self-luminous transparencies of magnified corn imagery from rafters, backlit by solar-powered LED technology providing continuous illumination. On the Land Heritage Institute property along the Medina River in the southernmost sector of San Antonio, TX.

Your are invited: Dispersal/Return reception

Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000-2006
August 28th - November 25, 2009
UNM Art Museum, Center for Fine Arts, Albuquerque

Claire Long and Anna Keleher invite you to join them on Friday September 25th, 5-7pm at the Center for Fine Arts (Popejoy Hall), University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque for the reception of Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000-2006.
To visit the UNM Art Museum website click here.

Approaching an Exchange: Albuquerque
Potentising elements of our lives, cultures and times
A collaborative project by Claire Long and Anna Keleher

An inter-temporal "Exchange" initiated in Dartmoor National Park, England now comes to New Mexico! Through the idea of exchange, the participatory project presses against boundaries of time and preconceptions of past and present peoples and cultures.

Film short - University of New Mexico Art Museum, August 28th -
November 25, 2009
Visitors to Dispersal/Return at the UNM Art Museum are invited to experience "Approaching an Exchange: Dartmoor", a short collage of sound and image collected from visitors to a Bronze Age roundhouse on wild and windy Dartmoor during the project’s UK pilot phase.

Live events - September 29th and October 3rd, 10 am - 2 pm
Artists Claire Long and Anna Keleher invite you to add your voice to the growing community of Exchange participants, journeying with them to a nearby prehistoric, archaeological site to share elements of your lives and cultures with the original inhabitants. Light lunch will be provided. Reservations required; early booking recommended; places limited.

For reservations or more information visit the museum, call 505-277-2868, email, or visit

Claire Long (New Mexico) and Anna Keleher (Devon, UK) and have been collaborating since October, 2007. Their collaborative practice arose from shared interests in archaeology, Dartmoor National Park, walking and sound collection and has evolved through continued exploration of place and site-specific works.

Presented as part of Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000 - 2006
August 28 –
November 25, 2009
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Center for Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque
And Land Arts New Mexico

Dan Phillips builds low-income housing out of trash

Thanks to Erica Osborne for a heads up about this article in the New York Times.

Erika Osborne at the Birke Art Gallery

Erika Osborne, Ghost of Bear Springs Timber Sale I, graphite rubbing on paper

Huntington, WV—Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts will display artwork by Erika Osborne in the Birke Art Gallery. The exhibit, Symbiosis, will be displayed from September 14, 2009 – October 8, 2009.

Osborne’s artwork deals directly with cultural connections to place and environment. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, locally, nationally and internationally. Her work has been highlighted in regional publications along with national art magazines such as Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.

Osborne received her BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. As well as being a practicing artist, Osborne has dedicated herself to university level art education. Before accepting a position in the Division of Art and Design at West Virginia University in 2008, she taught environmentally based field courses at the University of New Mexico. Osborne has developed two similarly driven courses at West Virginia University titled, Art and Environment and Place: Appalachia, which she teaches in addition to painting and drawing.

The show opens with a reception in the Birke Art Gallery on Monday evening, September 14, 2009 from 5-8 pm. Osborne will give a lecture concerning her work at 7 pm.

The Birke Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Smith Hall, which is situated on the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and Third Avenue in Huntington, WV.

Birke Art Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10-4 pm, and Monday evenings 6-8 pm. For more information contact Jaye Ike, Special Projects Coordinator for COFA, 304-696-3296 or