Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • Book Review — From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design

    March 29, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    After Nazi pressures led to the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, leading members reestablished their lives and work outside of Germany, first in London and ultimately in the United States. During this pivotal moment of displacement, Bauhaus thinking also made a turn toward ecological design. By incorporating biological thinking about form and connectedness into... View Post

  • Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden

    February 25, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    The University of California Berkeley’s Botanical Garden was founded in 1890 and has a mission statement not unlike that of our own CA+E: “To develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants to support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of... View Post

  • Lita Albuquerque

    The Spine of the Earth

    February 20, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    In October of last year an unprecedented six-month project opened across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980 is a collaborative series of exhibitions and performances that for the first time create a coherent narrative for the birth of the Los Angeles art scene. Organized and funded in large part by... View Post

  • Seattle Studio Visits

    Seattle Studio Visits: Lead Pencil Studio — Part 3 of 3

    January 22, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    The last stop David Abel and I made in Seattle on our studio visits was to meet with Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio. They live in a self-designed concrete house a few blocks down the street from Ellen Sollod, their structure a very contemporary anomaly among the more conventional houses of... View Post

  • Seattle Studio Visits

    Seattle Studio Visits: Ellen Sollod and Steve Peters — Part 2 of 3

    January 13, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    Ellen Sollod has had an artistic career that spans ceramics, photography, writing, and art and design for public places. Along the way she worked at the Visual Arts Program at the NEA, directed the Colorado Arts Commission, and ran the Seattle Arts Commission. I’ve been her colleague during many of those incarnations, and it was... View Post

  • Seattle Studio Visits

    Seattle Studio Visits: Lorna Jordan and John Grade — Part 1 of 3

    January 1, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    January 2012 I spent the days before Christmas with CA+E Research Fellow and writer David Abel making studio visits in Seattle. It’s hard to imagine a more congenial and collegial group of people than the six people with whom we met. Upon our arrival on a Thursday afternoon, we first visited environmental artist Lorna Jordan,... View Post

  • Larry Mitchell and the Disappearing World

    November 1, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    Perth, a city of 1.5 million people and capital of Western Australia, is the most remote major city in the world. South of the city is the town of Fremantle, an ocean port that hosts a number of noted artists, the painter Larry Mitchell among them. A petite man who favors sun-bleached jeans, t-shirts, and... View Post

  • Dr.Byron Vreeland Shows Off His Lamp

    November 1, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    On a rainy morning in early October several of us drove up a narrow Los Angeles street so steep it was practically a waterfall. We were venturing deep into one of the storied canyons of the Hollywood Hills to meet Byron Vreeland, a notable collector of Tiffany-era glass work who is lending us several lamps... View Post

  • Travels in Australia: Paruku

    Travels in Australia: Paruku — Part 6 of 6

    October 23, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    At the end of the two-and-a-half weeks in Paruku, the painters from Mulan and the visiting artists, the writers and conservationists, the scientists and local Aboriginal rangers, had created a layered and linked body of work unlike anything I’ve witnessed elsewhere. A fine trope for it all was the portfolio to be created by Basil... View Post

  • Travels in Australia: Paruku

    Travels in Australia: Paruku — Part 5 of 6

    October 16, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    The men’s painting of the dingo tracks along Parnkupirti Creek took days. At first, each of the five artists picked up one of the five panels and sat apart, painting his own style onto the canvas. By the end of the first day the panels were beginning to come alive with rich patterned color–but none... View Post