Italy 2004 (1 of 3): Mosaic of the Standing Virgin Hodegetria

In 2004, I visited Venice, Pistoia and the island of Torcello in Northeastern Italy. I recently revisited my notebook from this trip and I was reminded of three artworks I encountered that continue to influence my own work. This post is the first of three posts that each discusses one…

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Porta Hedge Under Construction

Over the past couple of months, the first Porta Hedge has been shaping up quite nicely.  At this time, much of the interior and exterior are completed.  Within the next couple of weeks I will be attaching about 10,000 artificial Christmas tree fingers (the last several inches of the branch),…

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Frederick Law Olmsted Obsures The Inaesthetic

Robert Fishman’s 1987 book, Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbiaaddresses the monumental act of designing and planning for the planting of several thousand trees in the suburb of Riverside, Illinois: 7,000 evergreens, 32,000 deciduous trees, and 47,000 shrubs to be exact. The brain behind the plan for this…

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Edward Burtynsky’s Industrial Vistas

I recently came across this photographer, as it happens, just after an exhibition of his China photogarphs at Tufts University closed (January 15 – April 01). The photographs, which are online at edwardburtynsky.com, evoke feelings of disgust and attraction, beauty and repulsiveness at the same time. I found strong resonance…

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Anish Kapoor’s Marsyas

Courtesy UbuWeb (2002) This documentary follows the making of Marsyas, from the earliest maquettes to the production of the piece. It stops short of the installation at Tate. Kapoor comments on each stage of the process, and on the ideas and concerns of his art. He makes a number of…

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