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  • Travels in Australia: Paruku

    Travels in Australia: Paruku — Part 4 of 6

    October 5, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    One morning Kim Mahood drove out from Mulan with a five-canvas template-map of Parnkupirti Creek, one of the feeders into Lake Gregory, to the site along the creek where the Australian geomorphologist Jim Bowler discovered the oldest human artifact on the continent. It’s also the site where the major Dreaming story of region, Two Dingoes... View Post

  • Travels in Australia: Paruku

    Travels in Australia: Paruku — Part 3 of 6

    September 27, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    The Paruku Project out at Lake Gregory in Western Australia wasn’t just about Indigenous people painting, but also work by the artists Kim Mahood, Mandy Martin, and David Leece. David, who is known more for being one of Melbourne’s leading architects and photographers, worked on a series that captured two views of the same scene... View Post

  • Travels in Australia: Paruku

    Travels in Australia: Paruku — Part 2 to 6

    September 23, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    One of the objectives of the Paruku Project is to energize the Warruyarnta Art Centre in Mulan, the newest and perhaps most modest art center of the approximately 44 such organizations in central Australia. Aboriginal communities have few opportunities to generate income, and art centers have become a primary venue for doing so. The predominant... View Post

  • Travels in Australia: Paruku

    Travels in Australia: Paruku — Part 1 of 6

    September 9, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    In August I flew from Reno to Los Angeles to make a 14-hour flight to Brisbane, Australia, caught a connecting flight for another three-and-a-half hours to Alice Springs in the center of the country, then hopped into a four-wheel-drive truck with artist Mandy Martin and drove another day-and-a-half to Lake Gregory–Australia’s equivalent to the Great... View Post

  • Travels in Chile -- Part 4 of 4

    Travels in Chile — Part 4 of 4

    May 31, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    In 1970 several faculty members from the Catholic University of Valparaiso established an architectural laboratory just north on the coast near the town of Ritoque. It was to be an open-ended inquiry in design based not upon the commonly accepted vocabulary of formal geometry, but upon poetic invention. David Walker, Josefina Guilisasti, Cecilia Puga and... View Post

  • Travels in Chile

    Travels in Chile — Part 3 of 4

    May 24, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    On our last day in Chile, David Walker, the architect Cecilia Puga, and I – along with our host, artist Josefina Guilisasti (http://www.josefinaguilisasti.cl/biography/), drove two hours north of Santiago to Bahía Azul (http://coolboom.net/architecture/bahia-azul-house-by-cecilia-puga/), a small collection of houses perched above the rocky coastline. Cecilia has designed one of the most remarkable residencies that can be... View Post

  • Travels in Chile

    Travels in Chile — Part 2 of 4

    May 17, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    Josefina Guilisasti, an internationally renowned Chilean painter, introduced David Walker, CEO Nevada Museum of Art, and Irene Abujatum, the director of Galleria AFA (http://www.galeriaafa.com/). The gallery is housed in a suite of rooms on the second floor of an older building in the downtown area near the national museums. Irene is one of the country’s... View Post

  • Time and Space

    Andrew Rogers — Time and Space

    May 17, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    Andrew Rogers, an Australian businessman who in mid-career switched to being an artist, invited me to come to his opening at the 18th StreeT Arts Center in Santa Monica to help open the “Time and Space” exhibition of his geoglpyhs placed around the world. Andrew started his art making as a figurative sculptor working in... View Post

  • Travels in Chile

    Travels in Chile — Part 1 of 4

    May 10, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    David Walker, the director of the Museum, and I flew to Santiago, Chile a couple of weeks ago to work on an upcoming CA+E exhibition, The Fog Garden. The structures of the ironically titled “garden,” are being developed by architect Rodrigio Perez de Arce and his students at the Catholic University of Santiago. They are... View Post

  • William L. Fox

    Art as a Way of Knowing

    March 11, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    Founded in 1969 by physicist Frank Oppenheimer, the Exploratorium is a prototype for hands-on museums around the world. In 2013 it will from relocate from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts to Piers 15/17 on the city’s waterfront, where it will refocus its mission on environmental science. Image courtesy of the Exploratorium This last week... View Post


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