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Re: A&E.A:Response to, "How does the process of contemporary ecological , art m

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Wed, 12 Nov 1997 23:03:09 -0500 (EST)

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Cathy and friends-

In a message dated 11.09.97 3:40:28 PM, Cathy Lane wrote:

<<The processes of ecological art and studio art differ because the
convictions, motivations, intents, passions, and lifestyle choices differ.
The ecological artist takes art outdoors and into the landscape because
this is where the ecological artist is most concerned: the earth.

I would argue that while ecological artists consider these ideologies
(convictions, motivations, intents, passions, and lifestyle choices), so do
many--if not most--"studio" artists. In my opinion it seems that the key
difference is the context in which their work is created and viewed. One
issue I often hear surrounding the viewing of ecological works is that often
we must view documentation of the work rather than the work itself. Does
(and if so how) this effect the work's impact? Interpretation? Existence?
Objectification of "traditional" art?

Elizabeth B. Reese
Doctoral Candidate

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