Monday, April 09, 2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The World Without Us... Feral Houses...

And many more incredible images here.
And odd sensation overcomes me - elation at the sight of human constructions being overtaken, however slowly or quickly, by wild verdant growth. Humbling and exciting. There is a strange hopefulness at seeing vines, grasses, and trees climb through and into these structures - homes that once seemed solid and concrete, now crumble and crack under the weight of roots. And, then there is a sadness - or perhaps really a sense that there should be a sadness - that these houses - once homes - have been so utterly abandoned. And, then, the thought of all the toxins that have been used and the great pressure on ecosystems to absorb, transform, and survive amidst these ruins and synthetic materials - whose synergistic effects could never be fully studied. But, what remains is an awe in the face of non-human nature.

And then there's purposefully (and looks like, gracefully) working with plants to create homes:

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Excavation and Reinvention: Marjan Teeuwen

These are some images taken from Marjan Teeuwen's building-wide interventions, excavations, and installations... Read more about her and her work here and here. And, a short feature following the artist here.

I feel the same excitement, joy, and heart expansion as when I look at Gordon Matta-Clark's work. When solid things melt into the air, appearances shift, and materials take on new life.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

First search

While I wasn't looking, our resident 2-year old performed his first Google search. I couldn't resist do a screen grab. Sad and funny and oddly poetic. Luckily, he is more interested in birds and dirt than our screens...

Sunday, December 11, 2011