Fall 1999/ Winter 2000
THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
Friday, October 29, 1999 Art in the Environment:
Billy Curmano, "Swimming the Mississippi"; Donna Henes, "Chance For Peace."
Artists have portrayed the environment from the Cave paintings until now, inventing Renaissance perspective, Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism (to name a few Western styles) to develop ways of seeing. Then along came Conceptual Art of the 70s, and with it a spate of works such as Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, Dennis Oppenheim's giant thumbprint and Walter De Maria's Lightening Field--works that use the earth itself as a canvas. Now that we have arrived at the end of the millennium, it's hopeful to see that a few artists have been considering the planet Earth as a subject in her own right, a medium worthy of exploration, a "given" that may be squandered by our own generation; Rachel Rosenthal's poignant portrayals of Gaea, Mother Earth, come to mind. In Billy Curmano and Donna Henes' work, art and the environment are one and the same; it's obvious we're all connected, and a rent in one corner of the web will be felt throughout.
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