Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • William Fox on Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine

    Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine — Part 4 of 4

    May 24, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    In the afternoon following the conversation at De La Coer Ranch, Janet Driggs from Metabolic Studio takes Matt Coolidge and me to the old Pittsburgh Plate Glass works on the edge of Owens Lake. I’ve driven by the multiple silos and sheet metal factory buildings for years, and it’s a wish come true to clamber... View Post

  • William Fox on Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine

    Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine — Part 3 of 4

    May 3, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    The nature of social practice was never more evident than this morning, sitting in the upper reaches of the De La Cour Ranch some 1500 feet above the Owens Dry Lake. Lauren Bon and her studio had gathered together some of the major local food producers, many of whom use soil produced at the ranch... View Post

  • William Fox on Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine

    Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine — Part 1 of 4

    April 26, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    May 2012 I’ve traveled down the Eastern Sierra from Reno to Lone Pine, a five-hour drive on what I’ve always considered to be the most beautiful road in this part of the country. Lone Pine is in the middle of the Owens Valley, and to the west Mt. Whitney rises 10,000 feet from the valley... View Post

  • William Fox on Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine

    Metabolic Studio in Lone Pine — Part 2 of 4

    April 26, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    Monday evening, and the progressive meals by Kevin West and Tom Hudgens (graduates of the renowned Deep Springs College nearby) have moved through a miner’s lunch (based on home-canned food such as sauerkraut) and into a Mexican dinner. The inspiration for the latter was a description by local author Mary Austin from her essential book,... View Post

  • Linda Fleming’s Drawing Retrospective in Fallon

    April 12, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    Installation View Left to Right, Template, 2003; Stone Stairs, 2006; White Cave, 2006; Puddle, 2012 on floor The Oats Park School in Fallon, Nevada was designed in 1914, retired and eventually placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1990, and then in 1995 repurposed as the Churchill Arts Council’s multi-discipline cultural... View Post

  • 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

  • Chris Drury’s Carbon Sink: A Marker of Western Realities

    March 20, 2012   |   By Michaela Rife

    Visit the official Wyoming state tourism website and you will be greeted with promises of “untouched” beauty. Nature is a crucial part of the state’s public image, packed within the “Forever West” campaign that greets visitors on billboards, websites and television advertisements. The message could hardly be any clearer: Wyoming’s greatest cultural resource is its... 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