New Explorers, The

New Explorers, The

by Kris Timken

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Overview

New Explorers, The by Kris Timken

The New Explorers examines encounters with the American landscape by twelve contemporary female artist-adventurers. An illustrated narrative with an introduction by author and critic Lucy R. Lippard, the book traces the role that artist-adventurers have played in shaping American identity throughout history. The author traveled across the country to talk with these women about their projects as part of her own quest to understand how artists make meaning in landscape. The conversations revealed emerging themes that override familiar notions of beauty and entropy and show how the topography of everydayness is ripe for cultural investigation by a new breed of artist-explorers. The book moves well beyond the boundaries of the art world to make unexpected connections between history, geography, and visual culture in the 21st century landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996481106
Publisher: Conveyance Press
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kris Timken, an artist who has exhibited in the United States and Europe, was the owner of the gallery 364 Hayes in San Francisco. In the '80s she headed west to attend Stanford University where she earned a degree in history. In 2011 Timken completed a dual MFA and MA degree in Social Practice and Visual and Critical studies from the California College of the Arts. While in graduate school, she began to research The New Explorers. After graduation, Timken traveled to New York to meet artist Marie Lorenz and participate in her circumnavigation of Long Island—a 200-mile odyssey. Timken is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in visual studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.

What People are Saying About This

Chris Taylor

Now more than ever the primacy of venturing out in the world beckons. Goals of explorers today center less on hunting booty than on what, and how, we learn along the way. With each new discovery in the arts, and sciences, our world becomes more complex, expansive and multilayered. Timken gathers a vital collection of contemporary adventurers who open perceptions from self to culture within our increasingly interconnected global ecosystem. The student, specialist and general audience have much to learn here. --Chris Taylor, director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech University

Matthew Coolidge

This book offers a compelling selection of some innovative creative interpreters of the American land. Through their endeavors, these inspired artists help widen the spectrum of perceptual possibilities. They evoke the charisma and courage of the original explorers of the new nation, but probe instead into the world that we made, collectively—a constructed landscape whose complexities and mysteries are as rich and varied as its inhabitants. --Matthew Coolidge, founder of The Center for Land Use and Interpretation

Martin Berger

The New Explorers provides a novel and revelatory vantage from which to reconsider our relationship to landscape, exploration, and art. It's not only an engaging portrait of a fascinating group of female artists/explorers, but one of the most original books I've read in years. This iconoclastic tour is sure to find as eager an audience among adventurers as art historians. --Martin Berger, Acting Dean of the Arts Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, author, Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture and Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography

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