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New Works & Forthcoming

As of June, 2009...

In January of this year I was appointed as founding director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, a half-time position designed to allow me to continue researching and writing. Here is a list of where the various writing projects are at the moment.

AEREALITY: Essays on the World from Above is now out from Counterpoint. The related book that I co-authored with the late and much missed Denis Cosgrove, Flight and Photography, is now due out in October 2009.

Two Land Arts books are recently out that include essays of mine: Land Arts of the American West (University of Texas Press) and Atacama Lab (Incubo--available in the U.S. only through Amazon.com).

Climbing My. Limbo: Essays on the Edge of Land and Language is a collection of essays based on experiences as varied as climbing desert peaks in Nevada, leading treks in the Himalaya, tracking down rock art in Baja California, sailing up the Yangtze River, and working in the polar regions. Counterpoint had plans to publish it this year, but that's on hold.

Mark Klett and I continue to seek a publisher for our newest collaboration in photography and text, The Half-Life of History, a book set in Wendover, Tinian, and Hiroshima that is about the erosion of history.

Floating Island is another collaboration, an experimental set of cartographs by artist Katherine Bash with texts by me integrated throughout. We also worked out of the Center for Land Use Interpretation facility in Wendover, and this very limited boxed edition has just been published by the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada Reno.

. . . and on the horizon . . .

The two new book projects have moved ahead. All Along the Line examines how and why we make lines in the landscape. One is the Dog Fence in Australia, at 3550 miles the longest fence in the world, another the world's longest line of poetry, a four-kilometer-long script bulldozed by Raul Zurita in the Atacama Desert of Chile. And Matt Coolidge from CLUI, the artist Jennilie Brester, and I made the 800-mile long drive this last summer along the Trans Alaska Pipeline. The November 2008 issue of Artforum devoted several pages to photographs from the trip, which forms the last chapter of the book. I hope to finish writing it late this year or early next.

I have also been working on The Art of the Anthropocene, the ideas for which have expanded greatly from the initial notions. In 2000 Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen proposed that we recognize humans are now the most pervasive geomorphological force on Earth, and that we have transitioned from the Holocene Era into the Anthropocene. The book will examine how the Western traditions in landscape art from the early nineteenth century onward were influenced by the development of Earth systems science, and evolved to include land art. This will be a, as usual, a mixed book about contemporary artists, nature, and science. Each chapter will be set on-site with a contemporary artist, or at sites of related interest, and the book will progress chronologically from 1790 through 2010.

And then there's poetry--The Mirror Line. I continue to work on this manuscript that I have been engaged with since 2002, extended meditations on the nature of optical and linguistic reflexivity--which is to say mirrors, echoes, eclipses, and other manifestations. Early versions of poems have appeared in Spectaculum and Fo A rm, and as small chapbooks from Hull Press and the Itinerant Laboratory for Perceptual Inquiry in London. No project finish date is in mind, nor a publisher.

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