We Live in an Ocean of Air
Marshmallow Laser Feast, Saatchi Gallery, London
7 December 2018 - 5 May 2019
It's easy to forget the tranquility of nature in a bustling city like London, though its conurbation is privy to a number of lush, green spaces. Like most visitors, I'd never been inside a Sequoia tree – quoted as the biggest living organism in the world by Marshmallow Laser Feast, the creators behind virtual reality experience We Live in an Ocean of Air.
Image: We Live in an Ocean of Air, 2018.
Charlotte Dawson, Set in Sediment
22 February - 2 March
We meander through life like a river; searching for traces of past stories to add meaning to current narratives: rarely is this a linear process. A graduate's journey is riddled with curving pathways, misdirections and meanderings. Set in Sediment tussles between an intrinsic want for stability and continuity through memory and a desire to loosen the archetypal clasp placed around objects, heritage and culture.
Image: Charlotte Dawson, 2019.
Landscape into Eco Art
Mark Cheetham, Penn State University Press
Cheetham clarifies early on that he does not attempt to “revive landscape [..] but to remember it.” Still, Landscape into Eco Art is far from nostalgic: it is forwarding-thinking in building a case for the connection between eco art and landscape and land art across eras. Eight case studies, spread across five chapters, detail the connections and incongruences in examples from the 19th century to the present day.
Published 3 April by Aesthetica.
Image: Reinhard Reitzenstein, Transformer, 2000.
Haarkon, Pavilion Books
Glasshouse Greenhouse is an ode to structures, big and small, which house plant life. Over the last few years, Haarkon have documented their experiences of botanical spaces around the world. The duo have fuelled their enthusiasm for these sites by developing a multi-fold relationship: plants, design, travel and writing unfurl and intwine in their first publication.
Published 28 January by Photomonitor.
Image: Detail, Sunhouse (ii) in San Francisco. Copyright and courtesy of Haarkon and Pavilion Publishing.