Images from the book Heavenly Visions:Shaker Gift Drawings and Gift Songs.
First snow on Rugby Road, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
New paintings by Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Jason Miller (Jason Miller Studio) challenges the rules that surround modern day consumer items.
Yakkay (with a slogan: “brainwear for smart people”) develops and produces these fashionable bike helmets.
Lichen, 600 Years
Deborah Feilier: “Silently watching bees amongst lavender, snowflakes fall against the sky, lines eroded by water over mud or stalactites formed below foot are, for me, moments of awe.“Silence gives us the opportunity to experience a new kind of sensibility, it gives us another, better, opportunity for contemplation: experience itself.” Herman de vries(1)In making visual equivalents for this elusive experience of silent watching, I appropriate lines from the outside world - something in opposition to myself - to create a still and contemplative personal space. I am driven by my interests in the interface of different disciplines - science, art, psychology, language and thought, geology - and I am conscious of their various strands looping in and out of my work “
” Whilst the repetition of line is governed by underlying structures, such as the shadows cast by the arc of the sun, or the growth rate of lichen, the painting is more to do with the experience of looking, rather than a literal representation. [....] I am interested in connections with traditional Chinese landscape painting and the romantic works of Casper David Friedrich in expressing ideas of experience and the central role of nature in our lives. Shirazeh Houshiary, Michael Landy’s “Nourishment” series and Agnes Martin use the fragile line to create stillness in work that is both intensely personal whilst speaking of collective experience. Edwina Leapman’s paintings are of particular interest – for her programmatic application of paint, as well as her shared interest in Taoist themes of discovery and respect for the natural world”
Involuntary Parks by Caitlin Parker.
“The continent’s imperiled rims therefore become a new kind of landscape, the Involuntary Parks. They are not representations of untouched nature, but of vengeful nature, of natural processes reasserting themselves in areas of political and technological collapse. An embarrassment during the twentieth century, Involuntary Parks could become a somber necessity during the twenty-first.” —Bruce Sterling
Laurie Sermos’ photographs deal with the visible intersection of natural and created environments. Within these modern landscape images, nature or constructed environments of nature are represented as places to be considered and looked at. The environments photographed are often places built with an intended functionality. However through the act of photography, we are able to pause and engage with these environments in a way that allows for a different kind of reflection.
Guatemala City Dump by Misty Keasler
Camouflage House by Hiroshi Iguchi
Youngsuk Suh: “For the past three years, I have been living in the central valley of Northern California and this has afforded opportunities to observe a variety of human activities within natural environments. Many of these activities take place in less-regulated (or private) lands and seem to be a more direct expression of our desire to commune with nature. The images in this series are monuments to this individual desire. One travels away from civilization in order to be immersed in ’pure’ nature only to discover oneself an alternative civilized institution. Yet despite the cynicism implied in the study of modern travel, the genuine desire for close bodily contact with nature cannot be ignored. No matter how illusory the “nature” experience may be, one stands at the peak of a mountain yearning to be profoundly moved. Instant Traveler collects these traces of longing”
Emma Kunz was aresearcher, healer, and prolific artist, who also discovered the healing rock powder AION A, which has helped thousands of people on their path to recovery.
‘Seconds’ are items, which, in some way, are not quite right. They are imperfect and therefore of lesser value. But who made these rules that we use to judge perfection? Who says the decoration has to be in the center? Who says a whole bird is better than half a bird? Who says a flower can’t grow down? - Jason Miller
Ceramic Superordinate Antler Chandelier by Jason Miller (Miller Studio)
Nature Deficit Disorder, is a term invented by Richard Louv in his book called “Last Child in the Woods”. Louv writes that children are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems. Louv claims that causes for the phenomenon include parental fears, restricted access to natural areas, and the lure of the screen. Recent research has drawn a further contrast between the declining number of National Park visits in the United States and increasing consumption of electronic media by children.
Richard Louv spent 10 years traveling around the USA reporting and speaking to parents and children, in both rural and urban areas, about their experiences in nature. He argues that sensationalist media coverage and paranoid parents have literally “scared children straight out of the woods and fields,” while promoting a litigious culture of fear that favors “safe” regimented sports over imaginative play.
Parents are keeping children indoors in order to keep them safe from danger. Richard Louv believes we may be protecting children to such an extent that it has become a problem and disrupts the child’s ability to connect to nature. The parent’s growing fear of “stranger danger” that is heavily fueled by the media, keeps children indoors and on the computer rather than outdoors exploring. Louv believes this may be the leading cause in nature deficit disorder as parents have a large amount of control and influence in their children’s lives.
Loss of natural surroundings in a child’s neighborhood and city. Many parks and nature preserves have restricted access and “do not walk off the trail” signs. Environmentalists and educators add to the restriction telling children “look don’t touch”. While they are protecting the natural environment Louv questions the cost of that protection on our children’s relationship with nature.
Increased draw to spend more time inside. With the advent of the computer, video games and television children have more and more reasons to stay inside, “The average American child spends 44 hours a week with electronic media”.
Children have limited respect to their immediate natural surroundings. Louv says the effects of nature deficit disorder on our children will be an even bigger problem in the future. “An increasing pace in the last three decades, approximately, of a rapid disengagement between children and direct experiences in nature …this has profound implications, not only for the health of future generations but for the health of the earth itself.”
Childhood obesity has become a growing problem. There have been multiple studies that show children who go outside more often exercise more.
Attention disorders and depression may develop. “It’s a problem because kids who don’t get nature-time seem more prone to anxiety, depression and attention-deficit problems.” Louv suggests that going outside and being in the quiet and calm can help greatly. Attention Restoration Theory develops this idea further, both in short term restoration of a person’s abilities, and the long term ability to cope with stress and adversity.
In an interview on Public School Insight, Louv stated some positive effects of treating nature deficit disorder, “everything from a positive effect on the attention span to stress reduction to creativity, cognitive development, and their sense of wonder and connection to the earth.” From Wiki.
Flower inspired earthenware by Walter Ostrom.
Birds by Kenojuak Ashevak. Kenojuak Ashevak was born in an igloo in an Inuit camp, Ikirasaq, at the southern coast of Baffin Island.
Streetlamp pole by Vancouver based artist Germaine Koh. Custom LED chandelier responds in real time to wind speed, wind direction, humidity, and rainfall “A large chandelier with blue LED bulbs hangs from a sleekly modern lamp post, sprouting from the green roof of the Convention Centre West. The LEDs are animated by exterior weather conditions — glowing, sparkling or dimming in response to humidity, rain and wind, measured by sensors integrated into the electronic system. The lights grow brighter with relative humidity, and individual LEDs flash when rain falls, while gusts of wind dim or flicker the side of the chandelier that they hit. On clear and calm days, the piece remains constant. ” - Germaine Koh.
Above: another piece by Germaine Koh. This is a site-responsive installation with plants and soil transplanted from vacant land. Plants and seeds in the soil continue to grow over the course of the show.