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SALT

Salt Lake Tribune article: Disappearing Salt Flats, July 12, 2015

Video Doc: Salt Fields

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beached

There is a growing landscape of discarded plastic. In many urban cities this accumulation of plastic, particularly bottles, gets picked through and collected by Canners, who then sell the materials back to the manufacturer. This garbage picking economic system not only sustains their life but also the environment, by slowing the buildup of those materials into mountains or becoming swirling islands.

A plastic redemption organization in Brooklyn, Sure We Can, Inc., promotes this practice and seeks to make it more accessible. According to their website, “The overall goal of Sure We Can is to remove some of the current hardships that accompany canning; both for those who already use it as a means of survival and for those who would like to do so. Sure We Can was founded in 2007 by Canners themselves…” and “supports the city’s only licensed, not-for-profit, homeless-friendly redemption center.”

“beached” was made possible in part by the efforts of these Canners who collected the materials that comprise the guts of this project. Still, much of this plastic cannot be sold back to manufacturers, and is inevitably condemned to waste.

Please join me for a critical reflection on the practice of canning and other alternative economies that might combat the rapid accumulation of what we praise as convenient.

Video Documentation of the six week process

kLarsen_FieldNotes_beached.pdf

remediate

Let us take time to heal.

Video Documentation

Collaboration with Macklen Mayse

 

Garden Paintings

The United States Department of Agriculture claims that corn is used over 90 percent of feed grain production. The corn drought in 2012 was expected to cause retail food cost to significantly increase, mostly for poultry. In Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollan states that corn is used in some way for the production of all food items found in a grocery store, besides salt. Our dependency for a single plant makes our society malnourished since corn has very little nutritional benefits.

In this Garden Paintings Series, the surface was built up with industrial process that include concrete. They were then buried in the ground to grow seeds over them to allow the roots to attached themselves to the painted surfaces.

Condensation Cube – Exterior

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Condensation Cube – Exterior
Steel, Water, Air Currents, Refrigerator, Climate in Exhibition Situation

Hans Haacke states, “The process of condensation does not end. The box has a constantly but slowly changing appearance that never repeats itself. The conditions are comparable to a living organism that reacts in a flexible manner to its surroundings.”

Condensation Cube – Exterior
, is derived from Haacke’s Condensation Cube, 1963-65, where he critically and politically challenges the interior system. He uses plexiglass so that we transparently analyze the space. I am taking the aspect of post-industrial urban landscape, as steel separates and discourages transparency within our politically derived culture. In this work, the unseen interior space is chilled which creates condensation from the surrounding air that will break down the steel structure. Within the second law of thermodynamics, this visually acknowledges that the seemingly non-penetrative system can and will be penetrated, slowly, drip by drip. It is inevitable that it will mix itself back in with the dirt, like living organisms.

PDF:
Haacke’s Condensation Cube: The Machine in the Box and the Travails of Architecture
Mark Jarzombek

“All our lauded technology, our very civilization, is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.”
— Albert Einstein

“Scientists have long suspected the exacerbating effects of plants’ adverse reactions to climate change, but the study helps further confirm along the dangerous truth. What’s so perplexing about the correlation between rising temperatures and rain forests’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide is the cyclical nature of it. The more temperatures rise, the less carbon dioxide tropical forests absorb; and the less carbon dioxide tropical forests absorb, the more temperatures rise.”

http://qz.com/108534

Links

Greg Lindquist, BOMB converstation with Orit Gat

Greg Lindquist

Social Sculpture – wikipedia

Center for Art + Environment – Nevada Museum of Art

AER Project – Tangible air pollution

Land Art Generator

Slavoj Žižek in Examined Life (Astra Taylor, 2008)

Pratt – CSDS, Center for Sustainable Design Strategies

Carl Zimring – blog

proteus gowanus

graham foundation

simparch

landarts

The Center for Land Use  Interpretation

Judd and MARFA

DIA

Erika Osborne

Bingham Canyon Mine slide – 04/25/2013

About 150 Million tons of earth without a single injured individual.

Robert Smithson’s Reclamation Project for Bingham Canyon mine

Newtown Creek, Brooklyn

Click on images to reveal images of the Newtown Creek project.

NO SWIMMING
NO BOATING
NO FISHING

This project is to invite conversation concerning water sanitation. The canvas acts as a symbol of traditional and historical painting to criticize this ill-suited landscape. The canvas also acts as material to absorb and document the current condition that this water is in. It was attached to Newtown Creek from 10/10/13 to 01/10/14.

Concrete separates the rain from the soil so water accumulation has no where to go but in the drains in which they quickly fill up. Water is typically seen as a cleaning agent, but not here. The rain mixes with bio-solids and is forced to excrete into the east river. The creek was also used as a waste site for industries since the 1850’s.

Extreme caution was reinforced during clean-up to residents near the creek after hurricane sandy hit the city last October. The toxic sediment was churned and discharged back into homes. This canvas was in the water as the hurricane passed the city. Please view the following links for more information.

Video Documentation

http://www.epa.gov/region2/superfund/npl/newtowncreek
http://bushwickbk.com/2011/01/04/bushwick-left-out-of-newtown-cleanup-goodies/
http://www.everybodyact.com/newtown_creek_celebration/newtown_creek_celebration.html

Pustule paint put into a box.

Let’s see! What is in my bag? Skepticism, criticism and the beginning of student debt are bulky and jabs at my boney hips. I also have a large amount of curiosity, lists of ideas to explore and tidal waves of starvation…no, I mean ambition. In grad school, “you never learn what you expect or hope to learn”, someone once told me, but I am all ears and going to sponge it all up. This “art world” is so disgustingly esoteric that I feel myself pull from it while I’m bumping the shoulder’s of the centralized crowds to find out that there is a lot of shitty art–though shitty can be a great thing.

The community at Pratt is like family. Most people want to help out and cling to each other like sauce does to chicken wings. Like giving their hair for a project, building installations for thesis shows, acting for a music video and of course the constant evaluation of the work. Sometimes it’s hard to here that your project was a complete failure. Sometimes it’s hard to hear only compliments and what works. Either way I listen to it all, write it all down, drop it and continue with what I am doing. Pursuing to the next project, I could learn to do things faster and more efficient but that takes away from purity. What I need to learn, and what everyone is insinuating I do, is to do less with less control. I am learning to have a balance of everything. So I’ll put it all in a dirt box and start a new semester tomorrow. It is exciting that I have no idea what I will end up with..