Artful Green Dot

Connected Dots

Posted in META by Audrey Tran on November 15, 2009

The author of my favorite blog, Dot Earth, recently added a new feature  to the site that highlights “constructive commentary” from frequent readers who “prefer to stand publicly behind what they say.”  Endearingly, Andy Revkin has named this feature Your Dot.

The gesture recalls a “commandment” from another favorite writer of mine, media critic Jay Rosen. According to Rosen’s commandment no. 4,those pinpointed by Your Dot would be “the people formerly known as the audience,” a.k.a. those who now live in the era of Web 2.0 and create media and disseminate knowledge instead of only consuming it.

My Full Disclosure: Revkin’s Dot Earth inspired the title of this blog.  Actually to be more specific, it was something Revkin said during a talk at NYU that inspired the title. He had been speaking to journalism students on covering science in the new media landscape, and someone asked a question about the origin of his blog’s title.  Revkin then pointed to the astronomer, Carl Sagan, and the wonderful, delicate, famous  phrase Sagan used to describe Earth as a “pale blue dot.” Although I didn’t remember Sagan’s name after the lecture, the words he used stayed with me for a long time.


Additional Directions for this Blogger

Posted in META by Audrey Tran on March 24, 2009

What I am about to post has already been coming out in little ways on this blog, but it’s important enough to note formally in a post of its own.

While researching the visual nature of Environmentalism, I will also need to examine the role of political art in society.

I didn’t express this in my “About this Blog,” but blogs do evolve; they move; they grow.

This became apparent to me earlier tonight during a class with Prof. Ross Bleckner.

He directed me to a NY Times article by Ken Johnson, who took a pretty critical stance on the “devolution” of Shepard Fairey, who opened a new show this month in Boston.

The main idea of Johnson’s article, “Can a Rebel Stay a Rebel Without the Claws?” left me wondering  what political art can do in the long run. He does paint it as an art that shrivels and dies once the cause is up; once the art moves into the windows of Saks Fifth Ave.

Fairey’s work was “radical half a century ago,” according to Johnson, but  “now [it] [is] the stuff of college art history courses.”

I wonder now, in light of the efforts between  environmental concerns and the art world, if the “Eco Art”  today will be the kind of lasting art that is more profound than the text book fodder Johnson derides.

This’ll be one of my questions for both artists, Saya Wollfalk and Rico Gatson, who I plan to interview and write on during these next two weeks.

Like David Kennedy-Cutler, they are not what you would call Eco Artists, but unlike David, both Rico and Saya do view their work in the realm of political art.

About this Blog

Posted in META by Audrey Tran on January 31, 2009

This blog follows society’s growing consciousness of the Green Movement via the Art world and other visual cues.  Scientists, journalists, and politicians stand at the forefront for pushing the concern for this Earth into a national dialogue, but there are a number of social thinkers who deserve credit/critique too.  Artful Green Dot will strive to understand how artists have helped shape the movement, as well as provide some history and a bit of foresight for the next steps in enviromentalism….

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