The Gap within Environmental Art Practices

By Jase Chia-Ching Lin and Dan Wollmering.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Throughout the trajectory of the development of environmental art, one can see many artistic efforts toward the notion of environmental protection; however, one can hardly find our care and awareness about what industrialisation and modernisation has brought to us, emotionally and psychologically. Within the environmental art paradigm, there seems a gap, which is the absentation of a sustainable way of living in addition to the efforts to cultivate a sensibility to the sustainable physical environment.
Looking back the literatures, one can discern three distinct trends in environmental art. Firstly, the majority of studies continue to concentrate on the investigation into how to make viewers more aware of the environment by using artistic means. Secondly, others are questioning the new role of art, and thirdly, discussing methodologies of environmental artists and their works in order to demonstrate how they can achieve influences within the wider public. However, the byproducts of industrialisation and modernisation are not only environmental damage, but also contemporary people’s stressful and fast paced lifestyles.
If environmental art practices contribute the new environmental art paradigm, then I would question its wholeness. I argue that this framework seems incomplete from a contextual and contemporary point of view. In view of people’s stressful and fast-pace life style, this condition as part of the wider environmental issues is unique and should be investigated alongside ecological awareness.

Keywords: Environmental Art, Ecological Art

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.713MB).

Jase Chia-Ching Lin

PhD Candidate, Art & Design Faculty, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

I am currently a PhD candidate in the faculty of art and design of Monash university. I am interested in current social trends and stress enhancing situations such as speed driven culture, modern development and construction. My works mainly offer a reaction against the impact of what modernity has taken place in order to develop the awareness for the negative side of modern life.

Dr. Dan Wollmering

Senior Lecturer, Art & Design Faculty, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia


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