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Ars Natura: Lea Turto

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Finnish artist's felted trees unlock the mystical past of her homeland.

The Finns are a thoroughly modern people. They are world-famous for their uber-modern design aesthetic and are wont to include any historical references of any sort in their architecture or design. And while the country revels in its modern history, it is next to impossible to find any information on the ancient roots of the Finnish people. In contrast to Norway and Sweden, Finland is not......read more

Ars Natura: Flight of Fancy

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British artist explores the fluidity of an unusual medium – feathers.

In England, pigeons hold a societal position akin to the sewer rat. In fact that’s what Londoners call them, “rats with wings.” The Brits really, really don’t like these poor, feral birds. Amongst those Brits was Kate MccGwire, a young artist living in London. She found the creatures abhorrent but knowing that therein lay artistic promise, she set about on a “visceral interrogation”......read more

Ars Natura: Adam Wolpert

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New abstract paintings by California artist/environmentalist capture power and mystery of natural world.

Many years ago I visited a magical place in northern California called the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. It was founded in the 70’s as a think tank for environmental innovation (cum heirloom seed bank) and one of its founding directives was to promote the arts as a means for exploring the natural world and visioning a sustainable future for humankind in which prosperity and......read more

Ars Natura: The Light of Life

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Karl Burkart delves into the new masterwork by motion graphics wunderkind Daihei Shibata.

‘The Light of Life’Life is transparent, warm and swirls randomly like a soft light. And it constantly changes...Life illuminates itself and then it begins to illuminates a new life.A sprouted mass of innumerable lights become a flow before long, and then become the part of the life-throb of ages. That ties life, this moment now. The poetic words and the even more poetic imagery of the young......read more

Ars Natura: 100 Girls, 100 Octopii

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Zak Smith's Klimt-inspired graphic euphoria updates ‘The Kiss’ as a meeting of the species.

If you know anything about the bizarre art of Genki – the Japanese porn/film company that has made “eel porn” a household world in Tokyo (watch the show on VBS.tv if you don’t believe me) – the juxtaposition of naked ladies with tentacles is probably not so shocking in the work of Zak Smith. Smith has become a hot, hot commodity as of late and has landed in numerous important art......read more

Ars Natura: Ascension

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A monumental prayer for the future.

'Senbazaru' is a particularly Japanese concept. It roughly translates as “intention” but it refers more specifically to the act of installing intention through the physical act of folding paper and stringing a row of origami creations together to make a chain of prayers. The art of origami – little known fact – has spiritual origins. It was (and still is) a means to leave a......read more

Ars Natura: Cauda Equina

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Keith Bentley's hairy tribute to horses lost.

I learned several disturbing factoids when studying the work of multimedia artist Keith Bentley. First, there is actually an entire industry called “horse rendering” that turns dead and dying horses into by-products – skins, feed, glue, hair. Some argue that it is more ecologically friendly to reuse a dead animal than it is to incinerate it (which requires a huge amount of fuel and......read more

Ars Natura: The Art of Reflection

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Yunior Marino reflects on the rhythms of nature.

A small but influential gallery in Mexico called MYTO, which helped launch Fabian Pena to MAD fame (amazing exhibit through October in New York), represents several other inspiring Latin American artists. One of my newfound favorites is Cuban Yunior Marino. Marino creates “photographic paintings” framing, cropping and assembling simple photographs of nature into epic mental......read more

Ars Natura: Top 7 Climate Stamps

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Karl Burkart rates his favorite designs from last year's climate stamp collection.

Mostly missed in the U.S. press but last year (even I just discovered it) was this innovative campaign led by the government postal services of Finland and Chile calling attention to the need to ‘Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers.’ Over 30 more countries joined in and some of them produced some spectacular collectible stamp sheets. Here are my 7 favorites: 7. AlandThe tiny cluster of......read more

Ars Natura: Brand Apocalypse

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Karl Burkart on 'Logorama,' the Oscar winner for best animated short.

Precious, Up in the Air, Inglorious Bastards, Avatar – we all know the big budget, big name pictures that were celebrated by the Academy on Sunday. But perhaps the most visionary and socially momentous film made in 2009 was not to be found in the feature film category but in the animated shorts category – Logorama. The French film directed by H5 (Ludovic Houplain, Francois Alaux, Herve......read more

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