The Art world is one of great diversity. Often associated with cultural statements, controversial topics and political debate, Art is used as a creative formula to convey expression and voice an opinion, sometimes a communal view but often an individual’s. With our growing earthly concerns in our contemporary society, environmentalism is becoming more and more poignant. Consequently, Artists are creating pieces that are globally aware, rather than exhibiting mere politics. The eco-system is being incorporated into artistic work, widening the array of the communications in which the issue is conveyed. The notion of environmentalist art as a ‘movement’ was initiated in the late 1960s. Artists sought to engage with the landscape, rather than use it as a mere foundation. A recent sculptural piece that evidently appears to infuse nature into its creative purpose is Marco Casagrande’s ‘Sandworm’. Building on Monet’s beliefs that it is only the surrounding atmosphere that gives subjects their true value, Casagrande works in harmony with the air and light in this architectural piece.
The theme of environment within art is becoming increasingly universally apparent. It also seems that the younger generation have been enticed into the matter: All the way over in New Jersey, USA, Somerset Education Centre just hosted its own show which displays hundreds of pieces by children that ‘communicate their views of nature and the environment through application of textures, shapes and colours’. The growing awareness through differing cultures and ages is promising in that it is expressing an optimistic depiction of nature worldwide.
Recommended Winter showing in London: Mariko Mori’s ‘Rebirth’ at Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens. ‘Rebirth’ is the first in fourteen years of Mori’s major London exhibitions. Thematically linked with the life cycle and nature, her recent works are said to be marked by a ‘holistic world view that placed mankind in a more harmonious relationship with our surroundings’. She employs an array of emerging technologies within the exhibition, encouraging viewers to reconnect with their contemporary environment. Visit this absorbing and innovative display before February 17th!