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Mythic 20th century machinery reinhabits our imagination

Opening April 23, 2015 CANVS 101 S. Garland Orlando, Florida Whether we truly can achieve sustainability with better technology, or are simply playing a fool’s game while we deplete the earth’s resources, increase waste, collapse biodiversity, and reduce equity with other species, remains to be judged by future generations.
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Zombie Architecture

[caption id="attachment_1508" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Brick zombie"][/caption] If the curse of the 1960s was dingbats - those faceless apartment buildings stuffed onto small lots - the curse of this new era of false prosperity is something I call zombie architecture.  Massive facades with empty windows facing the street characterize these homes, and perhaps also the inhabitants within.
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Still, no sign of land…

After exhausting the local libraries for Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsburg, Bowles, et al, an immersion into American fiction and poetry of the 1940s and 1950s has made newer fiction particularly bland.  I've tried newer stuff - novels that have won all sorts of awards - and find them to be soupy, warmed-up oatmeal compared to what was going on right after World War 2.  In 21st century America, our anxieties and fears have made our stomachs so twitchy that soupy, warmed-up oatmeal may be the only thing we can really digest anymore.
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The other side of south Florida

My recent experience at the edge of the Everglades had a sort of off-kilter Caribbean or Central American sense of place that felt exotic and familiar at the same time, a pleasant tension that reassures me there is still an edge to Florida where the scratchy blanket of protective regulation is thrown off to reveal informal, naturalized structures that blend beautifully into the natural environment.
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The solid state house

[caption id="attachment_1478" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="A glimpse of the solid state house"][/caption] Housing will take a great leap forward when the house becomes married to the concept of "solid state."  The Qwave will be the beginning of this revolution, when solid state - i.e., no moving parts - becomes meshed into notion of shelter.  Ergo, the Solid State House.  This will be the housing of the future.
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The butterfly effect

When Edward Lorenz coined the term “butterfly effect” in 1969, he was talking about weather patterns, not art.  His theory that a puff of air from a butterfly’s wings could, in the right circumstances, amplify into a hurricane, was radical at the time.  The Museum of Art – DeLand has proven its ability to amplify the conversation about art in Central Florida, and just in the last two years has helped change the game.   No longer is Central Florida a refuge from ideas; instead it is attracting people with a hunger for visual aesthetics and the stimulation surrounding new ideas.  2015 has started off with three very strong artists:  Richard Anuszkiewicz, William Crutchfield, and Richard Haas all contribute unique visions to the conversation, earning the museum a solid position as a new leader in the visual arts of the region.