Dianna Cohen

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Los Angeles-based multi-media visual artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags – sewn together – ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations.

Cohen’s work has been applied to surfboards in the acclaimed group show FLOW – fine lines on water, which she also curated. In 2007, Cohen expanded into making wearable art pieces using recycled materials, including stage outfits worn by alt-rock duo The Ditty Bops and a “green carpet” dress worn by actress Rachelle Carson. Her “conscious couture” and art were featured on Ed Begley’s environmentally themed HGTV series Living With Ed and on the CBS EcoZone Project with Daisy Fuentes.

Other projects include:  The Curse, a book of stories at: http://www.thecurse.com and Citizenlove, new textiles based on her plastic work and viewable at: http://www.citizenlove.com

Solo shows include post in Los Angeles, Art Affairs in Amsterdam, Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, Frank Pictures in Santa Monica and Elizabeth Budia Gallery in Barcelona. She has shown in group exhibitions at Affirmation Arts in NYC, Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, the Bronx Museum in NYC and the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida,

OCCCA in Orange County, SPARC in Venice, CA and Art From Scrap in Santa Barbara.

In 2010, Cohen created Ocean of Plastic with students at BFIS and exhibited this at the Museum of Water in Barcelona & in The Hamptons and presented a solo exhibition of her at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

In 2011, Cohen’s wallflowers will be shown in the AIEP collection of the US Embassy in Tijuana, Mexico and in May, her work will be part of the inaugural exhibition Flows to Bay at MoM Museum of Monterey.

Dianna Cohen is Creative Director & co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org

http://www.DIANNACOHEN.com

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Lynzey Culver

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Lynzey Culver is a senior at Thunder Mountain High School who grew up in Juneau, Alaska learning to fly fishing with her dad, as well as learning the many weaving trails that covered Juneau’s Valley and mountains. To remember her hikes she now uses photography to help her capture artistic images that tell stories rather than just a colorful or pretty image. With her photogrphy it has helped her further her passion in loving art, and helped her become more creative in other forms of art including: digital art, mixed media art, drawing, and sculpting. Although she hasn’t decided whether or not art or photography is some thing she wants to pursue after high school it will always be a hobby she enjoys.

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Susan Derges

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Born in 1955, Susan Derges trained as a painter before turning to photography and in particular, to the cameraless photography for which she is best known. Internationally regarded and now considered to be one of Britain’s most groundbreaking photographers, much of her recent work has been made at night, in the open air, using the natural world as her darkroom. Drawing on the work of early 19th century experimental photographers, she has created a new and unique method of image-making.

Much of Susan Derges’s work revolves around the creation of visual metaphors. These explore the relationship between the observer and the observed; the self and nature or the imagined and the ‘real’. She endeavours to manifest or capture invisible scientific and natural processes – the physical appearance of sound vibration, the evolution of frogspawn or the cycles of the moon. Her works have taken many photographic forms but she is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the continuous movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines. She often creates her work at night, working with the light of the moon and a hand-held torch to expose images directly onto light sensitive paper. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also very contemporary in its awareness of environmental issues and the complexity of its conceptual meanings.

Her work is included in many major public collections, including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Arts Council of England; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Instutute of Chicago; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Alexis Gillett

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What is an artist? Alexis always imagined an artist as someone who could not only recreate familiar images, but also put their own creative spin and personal feeling into a piece.  She had not, until very recently discovered herself in this way.  Art, to Alexis, is about self-discovery.

Alexis currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska and has found herself here.  Alaska is her newfound inspiration and the ocean has been a lingering passionate theme in Alexis’s life.  She believes we are completely connected to our waters and the understanding of this interconnectedness is essential.

She is in her senior year at Alaska Pacific University studying marine biology and has learned the importance of the sea and all its resources.  She’s thrilled to be in a place with such beautiful and thriving oceans and can only hope to convey this through art.

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Andy Hughes

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All images are from Andy’s book ‘Dominant Wave Theory’ – published by Abrams, New York

Dockweiler Beach, Los Angeles
C-Type Digital Print 40 x 40 inches

El Segundo, Los Angeles
C-Type Digital Print 40 x 40 inches

Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles
Medium : C-Type Digital Print 40×40 inches

Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles 2
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Malibu Beach, Los Angeles
C-Type Digital Print 40 x 40 inches

Palos Verdes, Los Angeles
C-Type Digital Print 40 x 40 inches

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England
C-Type Digital Print 40 x 40 inches

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England 2
C-Type Digital Print 40 x 40 inches

Santa Monica, Los Angeles
C-Type Digital Print 40 x 40 inches

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Andy Hughes was born in Castleford, England in 1966. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Wales Institute in 1989, he received a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art, London graduating with a Masters Degree in 1991. Since completing his studies he has spent the following years exhibiting and lecturing at various universities and colleges in the USA and UK.

In 2012 he will travel to Alaska, invited alongside scientists and artists he will work on a unique project titled GYREX. This is a most unique expedition and exhibition with Marine Debris as Material and Message, other participating artists are Pam Longobardi, Mark Dion, Alexis Rockman, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and scientist and author Carl Safina.

www.andyhughes.net

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David Liittschwager

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David Liittschwager is a freelance photographer who, after working with Richard Avedon in New York in the eighties, left advertising to focus on portraiture and natural history. Now a regular contributor to National Geographic Liittschwager has produced a number of books. Among his many honors is a World Press Photo Award in 2008 for his article “Marine Microfauna” in National Geographic.

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Michelle Lougee

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Michelle Lougee’s work is a collection of tactile pieces produced from a range of often-repurposed materials including plastic bags, fabric, cast-off electrical wires, fur, and clay. The work is based on organic form but often with an uncomfortable twist.

The delicate balance and struggle of nature versus human society and its technology is the focus of Lougee’s art. The duality of this relationship is explored in both materials and subject matter. The combination of the two factions produces mysterious yet familiar forms. For example, the labor-intensive process of transforming bags into yarn and then into artwork has produced colorful, whimsical, and lifelike interpretations of sea life including jellyfish, anemone, coral, and octopus.

Described as “very rich” and “thought provoking”, Lougee’s work forces viewers to reconcile its whimsical yet simultaneously dark nature.

Michelle Lougee is an environmental artist, sculptor and ceramicist. Her artwork has been shown in many New England museums, including the Peabody Essex Museum, Chesterwood, the Danforth Museum and the Art Complex Museum. In addition, she teaches ceramics at several local institutions. She holds a M.F.A. and a B.F.A. from Boston University and lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.

Michelle Lougee joined Boston Sculptors in 2004.

www.mlougee.com

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Lindsey Lenette von Borstel

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To see more of Lindsey’s work, click here.

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Lindsey Lenette von Borstel was raised in Seward, AK.  She’s a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and in the BFA program for computer art, painting, and metal-smithing.  She’s also working on a minor in business and film studies.

The main focus of her artwork is expressing herself through the ocean.  Lindsey has lived by the ocean her whole life and feels connected with it.  It’s not just the ocean that she loves, but life under the sea.

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Janet Botes

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“Memories.
Of sustainability.
Of a stable economy.
Of abundant resources.
Of animals walking the plains.”

Combining a love for nature and animals with my passion for creative expression, I love painting, drawing and photographing landscapes. This along with my experience as graphic designer birthed the “Nuances” series of photographic-digital landscapes. Inspired by landscapes from across South Africa, this series aim to capture the essence of the areas that surround us and make part of our existence on earth. The vastness of the Karoo and Kalahari, the presence of water around us, the stimulating combination of textures, colours and stillness in nature, and the joining of human living with the natural environment.

The series subtly represents the natural landscape as a memory instead of reality, as humankind fails to change habits, uses, abuse of resources and unsustainable lifestyles and in this way causes the extinction of natural life on our planet. Urbanization, agriculture and conservation are some of the bigger issues that are hinted at in the works – this is more evident in some of the works than in others. Nuances are also meant to celebrate the beauty of nature and encourage us to appreciate what surrounds us, cultivating a new respect and connection to everything. A focus on traveling through landscapes is also evident, as I merge photographs that I took in different cities, towns and areas into a new unity. We live in a beautiful country and due to our busy lives we often neglect focusing and appreciating  the vastness of the ocean, the serenity of the veldt and the expanse of landscape up to the horizon.

View more work by Janet Botes, and the rest of the Nuances series on http://www.janetbotes.co.za/

The Nuances series are sold as limited edition prints of 5 editions each, and are available for sale at www.StateoftheArt.co.za

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Bill Dan

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Bill Dan is a sculptor and performance artist specializing in rock balancing. He creates seemingly impossible, temporary balanced sculptures from un-worked rock and stone in public spaces near his home in San Francisco.

Dan was born in Indonesia, and worked as a warehouseman before discovering the artistic possibilities of rock along the San Francisco Bay shoreline and his emergent skill in manipulating them.

Bill was initially inspired by rock piles he had seen on the Big Island of Hawai’i, the cairns of the Inuit, and later by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.

In 2004, he was featured on San Francisco public television station KQED as one of the artists in a show entitled “Collaborations with Nature”. Since then, he has been the subject of interviews and shows on TV stations in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, as well as other U.S. stations.

Photos of his art have appeared in “Coast and Ocean”, the magazine of the California Coastal Commission, where he was the subject of a lengthy article, and have been used for book, magazine, and educational materials. He has been a featured presenter with the California Academy of Sciences and the Zeum exploratory space in San Francisco. A DVD compendium of video clips taken of Bill Dan at work by himself, by a professional filmmaker, and by a local amateur, entitled “The First Bill Dan Collection” is currently sold-out.

Bill Dan has frequently been asked about the “meaning” of his work, and he often replies that “Some people try to make things too complicated. This is the opposite.”

http://www.rock-on-rock-on.com

http://billdan.blogspot.com/

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