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I can’t help but become incredibly introspective and humbled when I discover artists like Jim Denevan
Something about these ephemeral, measured earthworks transcend the boundary of scale, seem to bridge the boundary of the macro-microcosmic divide. *sigh*.
Denevan’s works are site-specific, in that he combs the beach shore for a suitable piece of driftwood, which he uses to draw shapes into the sand, based upon the surrounding environment (the shapes of clouds, leaves, terrain, etc.) and landmarks as reference points for the construction of works, some of which take up to 7 hours.
He must posess that same rare gene that Andy Goldsworthy does, which allows such concentration and dedication to something so transitory. 🙂
Before Damien Hirst pave-set a platinum skull, there was Fiona Hall.
Hall’s work explores social, political, environmental and economic concerns through a a diverse range of media including photography, sculpture, painting, installation. Hall exalts everyday objects and simultaneously subverts the plastic economies from which they emerge.
I found this exhibiton really inspiring and insightful. Hall’s often tongue-in-cheek approach to serious issues is really accessible, her works don’t drown in obscure meaning or pretentiousness.
Go and see it!
Also, keep your calendar free for Southern Exposure, featuring works from the San Diego MCA from the likes of Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha and Bill Viola. Runs from March 20 until June 1.