Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • 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

  • 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


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