For decades, scientific researchers have used Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve as a living laboratory, a window opening onto complex natural and ecological systems. Artists, too, often concentrate on particular places like Jasper Ridge, and—through their own imaginative way of looking— see “into the life of things,” and represent what they find in new and unexpected ways.
This program brings together three extraordinarily accomplished and imaginative artists who will reflect on how Jasper Ridge, and places like it, act as a kind of “global backyard” for entrance into a larger living world.
The program will be hosted by Philippe Cohen, Administrative Director of Jasper Ridge. Ann Carlson, Jasper Ridge’s inaugural visiting artist, will be the program’s moderator. The artists participating in this event include:
Robert Buelteman is currently Guest Artist at Jasper Ridge. He has explored the realm of light and living things from black-and-white landscapes to recent experiments in cameraless imaging that captures what Dylan Thomas called “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower” in astonishing detail. His work is collected in museums internationally.
Annea Lockwood’s work includes “sound maps” of three rivers: the Hudson, the Danube, and the Housatonic. Describing her work, she says, “Seeking to evoke our common love of rivers I try to hear my way into the nature of a river, to be absorbed by it—its changing energies and its evolving nature as it thrusts through landscapes—and then to help listeners immerse themselves in its being.”
Mark Wagner’s visionary work connects nature, spirit, and the human race. He has recently created work for the Smithsonian Institution and Pixar. He is also the founder of Drawing on Earth, a nonprofit that inspires art and creativity in youth and communities around the world. Its first project set a Guinness World Record for the largest chalk drawing.
This program is co-sponsored by Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and Stanford Continuing Studies.
FREE; open to public.