What is Real? What is Constructed? The Trees of Myoung Ho Lee

When I first saw these images I thought these were giant images of trees artificially placed in a landscape. Only on further examination did I realize that these were trees in their landscape, isolated against a large white backdrop and then photographed. This is the work of South Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee (no website) …

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Will Art Ever Meet Science? Images at the London Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in London is making a great attempt at blending an artistic perspective with their main focus of activity – science education. A previously mounted conceptual art exhibit was reviewed in this blog.  The museum has now opened a new gallery entitled Images of Nature focused on showcasing the over half-a-million drawings, …

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Simple or Simplistic – The Works of Sanna Kannisto

I recently visited an exhibition of the work of Sanna Kannisto and bought the recently published book about her work. The work of this young Finnish artist is fascinating. It questions how, in order to understand and describe, science has to simplify and can never hope to capture the true complexity of life. The body …

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The Oldest Living Things – Rachel Sussman

It looks like we haven’t quite managed to destroy everything – yet. Nature sometimes manages to survive much longer than we think. Rachel Sussman has been taking photographs of the world’s oldest living things.  And some are pretty old. As you can imagine, it’s plants that have survived. The only animal life that can survive …

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Strength in Delicacy – the works of Christiane Loehr

I recently came across the works of Christiane Loehr at an exhibit supposedly focused on renewable energy held at MACRO – a museum of contemporary art in Rome. Loehr is a German artist that constructs complex and beautiful structures using natural materials – often seeds or flowers. These structures are generally small – the one …

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Sculptures of Living Processes – Jackie Brookner

Jackie Brookner makes “Biosculptures”. She describes these as ‘living sculptures…plant based systems that clean polluted water, integrating ecological revitalization with the conceptual, metaphorical and aesthetic capacities of sculpture.” One such project is called “The Gift of Water”.  The town of Grossenhain, near Dresden in Germany, built a new public swimming complex in which the water …

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A Monument To Nature Destroyed

Painstakingly over more than a decade, Israeli artist Shai Zakai has created a monument to man’s interaction with his environment and the consequences – overwhelmingly negative – of that interaction. “Forest Tunes: The Library” is an installation consisting of collected items, photographs, video, text and a book. The centerpiece of The Library is a collection …

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