Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • Visits to Australia

    Visiting Brisbane Part 2 of 2

    August 8, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    After stopping in Brisbane to visit the Asia Pacific Triennial, CA+E Archivist Sara Frantz and I flew to Melbourne for meetings with Guy Abrahams of Climarte, a nonprofit that uses art to address climate change, as well as to see Linda Williams and Leon von Schaik at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology schools of... View Post

  • visits to Australia

    Visiting Brisbane, Part 1 of 2

    July 18, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    After the sunless days in Tromsø this last January, it was positively antipodal to fly into Australia during February with CA+E Archivist and Librarian Sara Frantz. We were there to help open the exhibition of the Paruku Project in Alice Springs, which we’ve been working on for two years. Alice would be about 90ºF warmer... View Post

  • Visits in Tasmania

    Travels in Tasmania — Part 3 of 3

    August 2, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opened in 2011 to both raves and brickbats. Founded by mathematician and world-class gambler David Walsh, it at first appeared to house one man’s eccentric obsessions from old coins to works by Anselm Kiefer. Critics lambasted it as a monument to a global civilization in decline, as... View Post

  • Visits in Tasmania

    Travels in Tasmania — Part 2 of 3

    July 26, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), established in 1843, lives in a handsome sandstone building just uphill from the Hobart harbor, which at the moment has in port one of the few research ships that sails regularly to the Antarctic. The large orange Aurora Australis is an icebreaker that many Australian artists have journeyed... View Post

  • Visits in Tasmania

    Travels in Tasmania — Part 1 of 3

    July 17, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    I’m in central Tasmania attending a conference about “Imaging Nature,” which is being held at an arts-and-craft resort high in the mountains. The Tarraleah Lodge and resort was originally the village for workers constructing one of the larger hydroelectric projects in the state, and my room faces out into a eucalyptus forest that is bordered... 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


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