Art Dirt: Nature Unleashed: Art & Disasters

by Glasstire August 30, 2020
Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)

Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, ca. 1830–32

Christina Rees and Brandon Zech discuss how hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, tornados, and other disasters impact art, artists, and the ethos of cities.

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Artspace: 5 Times Nature Won Over Art: Natural Disasters and Culture
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VLM (Virginia Lee Montgomery) August 30, 2020 - 14:01

Hi Glasstire! Thank you so much for covering hurricanes and their psycho-emotional upon us working Gulf coast artists. As a born and raised Houstonian, I am no stranger the horrors of hurricanes. Hurricanes are traumatic. I wanted to share this recent 2020 radio interview that NPR Houston 88.7FM held between Houston Public Media arts correspondent, Catherine Lu, about my artwork,and its relationship to Hurricane Harvey. In the 88.7FM radio interview, I speak about my recent multi-media exhibition, SKY LOOP, at the Lawndale Art Center of Houston, Texas. You can access the interview via Apple iTunes podcasts or via NPR Houston public media:

One can also read more about my show via a review conceived by Houston arts writer, Molly Glentzer, published in the Houston Chronicle:

Documentation of my hurricane exhibition at Lawndale can be seen here:

Finally, the Lawndale Art Center of Houston, Texas created an 11-minute video tour of my exhibition with the production assistance of artist Ryan Hawk. That tour may be seen via Lawndale’s YouTube channel:

Thank you again featuring hurricane specific artworks. It means a lot to artists like me; sometimes I think it is hard for folks who did not grow up with hurricanes to fully understand their psychic impact. It’s a very sensitive topic for many of us, and one that always mandates empathy. Really loved your episode this week on hurricanes.. Wishing you and your’s safe tidings during these ecologically perilous times and than you again for producing the content that you do! With kindness and positive energy from Houston, VLM xx 🙂

Lisa Rawlinson October 8, 2020 - 15:32

This was a good conversation, but I at first thought it was going to be about how artists are responding to natural disasters artistically… might be a cool follow-up topic.


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