Umberto Eco and the Gnomes of Gnú

“No doubt your civilization has some very interesting features: but if you bring it here we’ll loose our meadows, our trees, our rivers and we’ll be worse off. Would you mind not discovering us?” So said the chief gnome in Umberto Eco’s The Gnomes of Gnú, a children’s book beautifully illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. Author …

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Reality in Abstraction – The Images of David Maisel

David Maisel’s work spans many different project over many years. One of his interests is in documenting through aerial photographs the impact that Man has on the landscape.  The image above is from “The Mining Project” where he explores the effect of mining in “undoing of the landscape, in terms of both its formal beauty …

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Trees In Concrete – David Brooks at MOMA PS1

MOMA PS1 describes itself as a public exhibition space that “devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world.” It’s current exhibit – Greater New York 2010 – runs until October and exhibits the work of emerging artists including an intriguing installation by David Brooks.  The artist has assembled some …

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Fallen Trees Come To Trafalgar Square in “Ghost Forest”

On Monday, November 16th,  Angela Palmer’s “Ghost Forest” opens in Trafalgar Square, London.  This large and ambitious installation aims to draw attention to the link between deforestation and climate change. The installation brings to London 10 rain forest tree stumps from a commercially logged, regulated rain forest in Ghana and installs them in Trafalgar Square …

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