Over the years, Water, CA waterca.net has been informed by a constellation of artists, writers, activists, environmental scientists and institutions. For Water, CA Creative Commons at the Armory Center for the Arts, I am organizing a Loan Library featuring selected papers from: CLUI, Arid Land Institute, LMU: J.D. Black Papers, The Reanimation Library, and Water, CA. I am responding to a select number of books by creating “Landmarks” (bookmarks) which engage with these texts and evoke memories of people and interactions with land and water features which I’ve traversed over the past five years.
Facing the Sublime in Water, CA opens October 6th 2012
In Geography of Reclamation: An Essay in Three Parts, I locate the term “reclamation” both historically and geographically. I use animated drawings in tandem with archival audio. I call this type of video art an animated essay. It locates the changing term “Reclamation” through the work of Floyd Dominy (Dam evangelist and head commissioner of the Bureau of Land Reclamation from 1959-1969), David Brower (First executive director of the Sierra Club and someone who believed strongly in an aesthetic connection between people and place) and Robert Smithson (The influential Land Artist who coined the term “Earthwork”). As we grapple with the future of dams and earthworks, the animation weaves together, for better or worse, their monumental imprint on the landscape of the west.
Geography of Reclamation: An Essay in Three Parts: vimeo.com/49290133