Brooding, solitary and usually male, the trope of “the artist in the studio” has existed in multiple iterations throughout the history of art. From Rembrandt’s workshop to the twentieth-century Parisian studios… Read it here.
Scientists say that thousands of small species will be vulnerable as temperatures rise because they can’t easily move to cooler ground. Above, the long-tailed widow bird. You can read it here.
Andrea Bowers may be known for making textured artwork about prickly issues, like immigration fatalities, abortion rights, and the demographics of AIDS, but now she has crossed over from artist to activist, opines Jori Finkel in the Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/01/artist-turned-activist-andrea-bowers-arrested-for-tree-sitting-protest-in-arcadia.html
Creepy but utterly fascinating. Read it here.
Erling Kagge led an expedition that revealed an entirely new way of understanding the city. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/nyregion/02underground.html
One of the most talked about installations at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice was Cloudscapes. Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo and a German climate engineering firmTranssolar came together to put a cloud in a large interior space called the Corderie, a 316-meter-long space where ropes for Venetian ships were made. http://flavorwire.com/119452/cloudscapes-by-transsolar-and-tetsuo-kondo
Racing to Find Aviators Entombed in Ice http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/09/20/science/20100920GREENLAND.html?ref=science
One Saturday in September 1967, Robert Smithson, equipped with a Kodak Instamatic and a copy of Brian Aldiss’ science-fiction novel Earthworks, took a No. 30 bus out of Port Authority, bound for Passaic, New Jersey… http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0268/is_n10_v36/ai_n27540863/ Original article here: http://www.bwk.tue.nl/stedeb/studentinformatie/offthemap/smithson.pdf
A good man named Eric Temple has a couple of great Edward Abbey videos that he’s uploaded on Vimeo for our viewing pleasure… http://www.coldsplinters.com/2010/09/edward-abbey-continued/