Artful Green Dot

On View at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Posted in Exhibits by Audrey Tran on June 10, 2009

Among the 30 artists in Ronald Feldman Fine Arts’ latest show, BLACK&WHITEWORKS, I came across several artists whose bodies of work draw attention to the environment. Currently, the gallery holds a large photograph documenting Mierle Laderman Ukelese’s performance, Touch Sanitation. trucks-01 In this piece, the artist explores our view of sanitation workers by greeting 8,500 NY workers face-to-face and shaking their hands.  She would also say, “Thank you for keeping New York City alive,” while greeting the workers.  Critic, Robert C. Morgan called this, “art as gesture, art as circumstance within an appointed system or any designated structure,” in 1982. Morgan explains in his article that Ukelese  was trying to change the stereotypical perception of the people who clean New York City.  beuys Also on view is Joseph Beuys’ woodcut titled Large Glacier Thaw, which carries a completely different tone.  This piece was especially interesting to me because of my recent writing on David Kennedy-Cutler’s Antarctica sculptures.  This simple monochromatic print also created an ominous mood as I began thinking of the numerous studies released on global warming and rising sea levels this year.  Curiously, Beuys made this print in 1952, long before our society’s awareness of such problems.  It’s also interesting to note that before Beuys became an artist, he studied science with a deep inclination towards animals and plants, which would make their way into his later performance based works.   Regretfully, I missed Roxy Paine’s “post-apocalyptic naturescape” at the Met this year, but I was very happy to see one of his Dendroid drawings also included in this show.

For those of you who enjoy earth-minded art, but hate going to art exhibits that focus entirely on the environment, this show is definitely worth seeing, as it places green works into a larger conversation.       


BLACK&WHITEWORKS is at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer Street in New York.  The group exhibition will be on view from June 6 to July 31, 2009.  


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  1. Eric Lemmon said, on June 11, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    we should so do a visual-art music collaboration.

  2. audreyktran said, on June 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Hey, I’d really like to hear about that. Let’s talk soon.

  3. Yvonne said, on June 11, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Thumbs up on the sanitation piece. It’s interesting because few people actually think about what happens to all the waste that we discard everyday.

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