Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • Visits in Norway

    Tromsø– Part 1 of 3

    May 2, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    I’m blogging from Tromsø this week, the largest city in northern Norway, and the second largest city above the Arctic Circle after Murmansk in Russia. Tromsø is mostly dark or in twilight at this time of year–during January it receives only a few minutes of direct sunlight during the entire month–and candles burn all day... 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

  • Across Time and Space

    Michael Heizer — Across Time and Space

    June 15, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    In front of Reno’s downtown Bruce R. Thompson Federal Courthouse — and only a block from the Nevada Museum of Art — is the steel version of Michael Heizer’s Perforated Object. Created in 1996, the 27-foot-long sculpture is 9 feet 9 inches tall and 3 feet 4 inches wide. Its Michael Heizer’s radically re-sized version... View Post

  • 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