"As a new area in the Department of Art and Art History, Art and Ecology creates a signature discipline for the University of New Mexico. Building from the successful Land Arts of the American West program, Art and Ecology provides a full curriculum based on the environments and communities of the southwest. Courses are designed to further students' understanding of representation, land use, ecology, and classic Land Art in the Southwest. Art and Ecology engages ecological scholars, artists, and activists both within and outside of academia to support its curriculum. Students will learn to research, write, and speak effectively. Coursework will familiarize them with major ecological systems and the processes involved in creating two-, three- and four-dimensional events. Courses will also include a focus on understanding and controlling the ecological impacts of art materials and practices. The curriculum guides students through collaborations (both interdisciplinary and cross-cultural) and the mechanisms of public process." -read and learn more about the program site
Land Arts of the American West
Art & Ecology
Catherine Page Harris
Art and Ecology
- Santa Fe premiere -
Sunday, November 15, 2009
New Mexico Film Museum
418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe
This event is free and open to the public
Kammer 2.1 is an experimental video series that explores intangible elements--preconceived notions, personal experience, nostalgia--that influence perceptions of central New Mexico. This vast collection of ultrashort vids stems from extensive field recordings conducted by Stephen Ausherman throughout the region's parks and public lands. Ausherman arranged his material to establish connections between otherwise incongruent reference points, and let emotional attachments play into his interpretations of the land and its cultures. He also invited a diverse array of local collaboration throughout the creative process.
K2.1 scored a New Visions Award in experimental film from the New Mexico Film Office in 2008. The project debuted in May 2009 as an interactive display at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center, and ran through August 2009 as part of the LAND/ART exhibitions.
Noted works from the K2.1 series include _Bovine Saga_, winner at the Leopold Legacy Film Series in Albuquerque; and _La 2e Peste_, finalist, WPA Experimental Media Series in Washington, DC.
Stephen Ausherman is the author of _60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque_ (Menasha Ridge Press, 2008). He was an Artist-in-Residence for Blue Sky Project in Woodstock, Illinois, in 2008; and for Cornucopia Art Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota, in 2007. He also served as the 2005 Writer-in-Residence for Bernheim Forest in Kentucky, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, and Buffalo National River in Arkansas.
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New exhibit open at the Center for Land Use Interpretation's Los Angeles location:
The Oil Fields of the Los Angeles Basin
Open to the public starting October 30th, 2009
"The fabric of Los Angeles, a continuous cloth of development, draped on the surface of the land, is shallow, but its roots, thousands of meandering straws of oil, dig deep into the soil. Like tree roots, these veins extract the living essence of the ground, fueling this city of the car. Like historical roots, these oil fields are the progenerative substrate, the resource pool, where the economy of Los Angeles originated, driving the development and culture of the city. Today, it continues. Los Angeles is the most urban oil field, where the industry operates in cracks, corners, and edges, hidden behind fences, and camouflaged into architecture, pulling oil out from under our feet." - from the CLUI site, read more here.
The UNM Art Museum proudly presents a Lecture and Book Signing by
Bill Gilbert, Lannan Chair and Senior Associate Dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:30PM at the UNM Art Museum.
Following the lecture, Bill Gilbert will sign copies of his new book
Land Arts of the American West, (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009) co-authored with Chris Taylor.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!
Bill Gilbert began teaching sculpture at UNM in the Dept. of Art and Art History in 1987. The Land Arts of the American West Program, an interdisciplinary, field based studio curriculum was conceived by Gilbert in his interest to redefine the very nature of how students are educated in the visual arts. In 2000 along with Professor Emeritus John Wenger and a dozen eager students, Gilbert initiated the first Land Arts trip which covered five states and some 8,000 miles. He later collaborated with Chris Taylor from The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Gilbert will discuss this "experiment" in pedagogy, as he calls it, and how this has both affected and intersected with his work as an artist and a teacher.
Image Right | Bill Gilbert, "For John Wesley Powell, Attempts to Walk the Grid, September 7, 2006," digital print, 2009
"In his new video, Time is Like the East River, Lamson takes New York’s East River as his subject matter, addressing the transitions that occur with the crossing of thresholds and boundaries. The video opens with Lamson and a friend paddling two small boats toward each other from opposite sides of a broad body of water. Upon meeting in the middle, the boats link together, revealing that each boat was in fact half of a seventeen-foot canoe. As the two paddle into the distance, the camera (located on the Manhattan Bridge) slowly zooms out, revealing a radiant Manhattan skyline. Shot at slack tide, the moments between the change in direction of tidal currents, the normally turbulent river appears as calm a lake. Only in this transitional state, when the river changes directions and time is seemingly arrested, is Lamson’s passage possible. The artist’s homemade props and artifacts from the performance will also be on view in the gallery." from Artspace. Read more.
Time is Like the East River is on view November 12, 2009 – December 19, 2009
The public opening is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th, 6-8PM
ARTSPACE is a non-profit organization presenting local and national visual art, provides access, excellence and education for the benefit of the public and the arts community
Regional Juried Exhibition, "WATER: More or Less"
Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas TX
Opening reception: Sat, Jan. 30, 5-7 PM, 2010
Entry Deadline: Sat. Dec. 5, 2009
Juror Talk & Awards Presentation: Jan. 30, 5:30 PM
Water: More or Less was developed in conjunction with the Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium hosted by Richland College. The juried exhibition focuses on the role of water and sustainability within the environment.Learn more on the project site.
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EDIBLE CITY FILM SCREENINGThursday, November 5th
Please join us this Thursday for a screening of Edible City, the second in a series of events at the Studio for Urban Projects entitled Planting the City. The a series includes panel discussions, film screenings, and printed collections exploring how the groundswell of interest in sidewalk planting, urban farming and community gardening is reshaping the city.
Edible City is a film-in-progress documenting the stories of a wide range of Bay Area visionaries that are engaged with the local food movement as a response to industrialized agriculture. Directors Andrew Hasse and Adam Goldstein will discuss their forthcoming film and preview a selection of compelling clips.
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Triple Canopy and Light Industry present the East Coast premiere of Wang Bing’s Crude Oil, a fourteen-hour film installation tracking a fourteen-hour workday of crude-oil extraction in northwest China. Wang’s film will be on view from 9am until 11pm each day, running five times in its entirety.
Accompanying Crude Oil in an adjacent room will be a film program by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation and Lucy Raven (7:30pm, Wednesday, November 4) as well as screenings of Wang Bing’s Coal Money (4pm, Saturday, November 7) and West of the Tracks (12pm, Sunday, November 8). A curated DVD library of related films will be available for viewing throughout the week. Read more on the Light Industry Website
"Located at 8,000 feet in the Oquirrh Mountains — 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City —the Bingham Canyon copper mine is the largest man-made excavation on the planet. Its hole reaches more than half a mile deep and its rim is nearly three miles in width. It has produced more copper than any mine in history. The mine’s Garfield smelter stack, situated at the edge of the Great Salt Lake about 10 miles away, is the tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River, and is only 35 feet shorter than the Empire State Building.
For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed over settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot, he is currently working on an extended aerial photographic survey of the inter-mountain states, Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West. Light won a 2007 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography to pursue this project.
For the last several years, Light has been producing mammoth-scaled, very limited edition book-objects from his series of aerial photographs. These books have been widely exhibited to critical acclaim, and the series now extends to roughly eight such realizations, including books on Los Angeles (Day and Night), Phoenix, Sun City, Rancho San Pedro, and Mono Lake. Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, which is an amazing series of black-and-white images taken of the Bingham Mine and Garfield Stack over the course of a single afternoon, is the first in a series from Radius Books that will translate Light’s impressive and ambitious projects into the trade book format." -from Radius Books, read more here