The fact that contemporary art attracts many intellectual people gives artists a chance to explain their ideas, find allies and bring their ideas into reality for better future of Earth. Next 8 artist found their inspiration in high goals of making up global environmental issues, and they are coming out with their proclamation, whether in very appealing or horrifying, but mostly in very dramatic and attractive way.


Anne de Carbuccia

Anne de Carbuccia is French-American artist and mounting environmental activist. She has traveled around the world for years documenting the impact of mankind on the environment: water scarcity, endangered species, disappearing environments and cultures. Anne’s creative inventions in photography are on site installations called “Time Shrines”. She creates installations and photographs them in symbolically significant locations – from sea shores to cold mountains. Almost every photo includes symbols of time – skulls, bones and clocks (sometimes are broken), – and artefacts from the place of shooting, which reflect local culture and current state of nature.

Through the years of travelling, filming and photographing she’s collected a lot of material and got inspired to create a project called One: One Planet One Future. Now this project along with The Time Shrine Foundation travels the world as an exhibition. With help of donations Anne organises free exhibitions and supports NGOs that work in the field to protect the animals and environments featured in the artwork. Currently, you can visit the exhibition at Art Space New York or Art Space Milano permanently and at Moscow Museum Of Modern Art until 10th of September.

Michael Assiff

New York-based artist Michael Assiff showed that glossy, industrial, and slick materials also can be appropriate materials for environmental art. One of Assif’s ideas is that our current post-industrial ecology is suffered corporate violence and influence. For his show “Ozone Flowers” at Mexico City’s Galeria Mascota, Assiff etched a pattern graphing the fluctuations of carbon prices into the drywall of the gallery. A sculpture in the form of a cake-cum-behive, emits an engineered fresh flower.

What is interesting about this item is that the scent of the flower scientists found more appealing for bees than the scent of actual flowers grown in high-ozone environments. Everybody know that when you criticize you also should be able to suggest an alternative, and so Assiff didn’t stop on exposing of industries that are causing environmental destruction. With the exhibition, he’s also playing a small part in fixing it: one sculpture in “Ozone Flowers” displays a certified receipt showing that the artist voluntarily purchased carbon offsets to cover his footprint in creating the show.

Agnes Denes

Agnes is wildly known as a Hungarian-American eco-artist and represents a sub-movement of environmental art. Some people call her the godmother of the eco-art, because she was one of the first explorers in creating of unique land art pieces. The difference from a basic landscape creations is that her art involves functional ecological systems-restoration. Furthermore, her work is socially engaged, represents activism and community-based interventions. Thus, you can watch the result of ambitions in one of her her most widely known works called Wheatfield – a Confrontation.

For the project Agnes planted an entire field of golden wheat on a $4.5 billion two-acre plot of landfill neighboring the World Trade Center and Wall Street (the site is now Battery Park City). She dumped 200 truckloads of dirt on the property, and then irrigated hand-sowed seeds. On August 16th, over 1,000 pounds of beautiful, golden wheat was harvested and sent to 28 cities around the world where they were distributed and replanted. In other words, its transgressions of art’s liminal functions made a new ground for art to make it both communicative and participatory as an active salve to remedy ecological disaster.

Gabriel Orozco

For the 2012 installation “Sandstars,” Mexican artists Gabriel Orozco created an explosive sculptural rug pieced together from glass bottles, stones, and tools, pays homage to the area of Isla Arena, Mexico. For the project Gabriel created colourful collections on the Guggenheim Museum’s floor, accompanied by a dozen large, gridded photographs depicting the individual objects in a studio setting. The found treasures brings parts of the ignored wastelands into a gallery setting, forcing viewers to confront the effects of industrial and commercial refuse.

A year later after “Sandstars”, Gabriel  achieves what so many of his past works have. For his new “Asterisms” he built an exhibit from traces of the exterior world not as art in itself, but as a performative gesture taking place in an art space. Using his visually appealing yet ultimately banal systems of organization, the artist exhales a refreshing breath of unadulterated beauty contemporary art seevs to show so rarely lately.

Chris Jordan

The Seattle-based artist Chris Jordan used to be lawyer, but he became recognised for his photographs of garbage and other “products” of American consumerist culture. He’s actually one of those environmental artists, who works with a plastic cup and a paper bag. Chris couples them with the shocking but often incomprehensible statistics and scale of excess consumption.

Following art of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, Chris Jordan’s provocative works combine photography and digital tools, what serves as a visual doorway into a “slow-motion apocalypse”. It can be dangerous not only for environment, but for consumerism rising in a disposable society. Each of his art pieces compels the second and such way each demonstrates how small acts, negative or positive, add up to something bigger. Thus, Jordan’s art reminds us how easily we destroy our environment and our planet.

David Maisel

At first glance, David Maisel’s gorgeous photographs seem to celebrate the natural beauty of another planet. However, his deep blue swirls and red craters actually depict the aerial appearance of environmentally impacted sites in the United States transformed by water reclamation, logging, military tests and mining. “With the mining sites, I found a subject matter that carried forth my fascination with the undoing of the landscape, in terms of both its formal beauty and its environmental politics,” Maisel writes on his website.

Through photography, David Maisel investigates the boundaries of art and science and reminds us of beauty of our Mother Earth. Today In his ongoing, multi-chaptered series Black Maps, David Maisel’s aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor.

John Sabraw

Professor John Sabraw produces his own DIY pigments using toxic runoff found in the Ohio River region. Bold yellows and reds that are sourced from the oxidized sludge of abandoned coal mines. Rather than using imported iron oxide from China to make his paint colors, he taps into the water’s heavy metals left over from abandoned coal mines, bringing to light the region’s pollution problem in the process. “The artist, like the scientist, has a crucial role to perform in our society,” Sabraw explained to HuffPost. “See things differently, act on this vision, report the failures and successes.”

Kim Laughton

Kim Laughton is an artist, originally from UK, creates haunting, post-apocalyptic images that tell us of a near-future dystopia and alternative since-fiction-like future. The Shanghai-based net artist has become known for his particular use of original and stock 3D objects to create surreal imagery, which he usually spread through his tumbler blog. These uncanny situations seem to ask us: What if the world ended today? What would the archaeology of our time look like? Kim also makes videos, and it often feel as his audience are an alien species who have come upon earth a few years after its demise.

Over the past couple years, Kim Laughton has taken club flyers to another level entirely, designing for Sub-Culture Shanghai and forward labels like Fade To Mind. In one video titled Making Of, we spin around a massive mound of dirt, topped by a lone concrete mixer. It sits in reverence as a halo of office papers swirl around it. As we observe this ancient deity, a voice-over monologue reads cliche lines from office emails: ”If you are unhappy with this process… happy to get on a call… see attached… nice to e-meet you!”

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