Friday, November 30, 2012

Artist Focus: Jochen Kruger-Allenstein

Green Avant Garde Artist

The creative landscapes created by prolific land artist and landscaper Jochen Kruger-Allenstein snake through soil, reach up to the sky, and embraces the essence of the space. His symbols and shapes remind of ancient cultures, while it compliments the lines and textures inherent in the landscape.

Jochen studied fine art in Basel, Switzerland and in the early 70’s had a few exhibitions of painting, drawing and sculptures in Germany. With experience and skill in stone and wood crafting, printmaking, ceramics and fabric design, Jochen has a wide range of skills to utilize in his art.

He is open to working  with any materials to create a unique landscape or art piece, but loves to work with rocks, stones, and clay. Living material, plants and water are also often used to create and grow new worlds with rivers, streams, waterfalls and ponds. The spaces that he chooses to transform are often areas of unspoilt nature, or destroyed land which offers an empty canvas.

His work can mostly be characterised or described as being permanent land art, which he started to produce in South Africa in the late 90's. His first land art project, however, was created in the early 70's in the Black Forest. The project consisted of 12 to 15 different size cast iron ears attached to the exposed root system of a huge tree.

Jochen's work is inspired by the simple act of being within the landscape, of spending time in nature. He allows inspiration to flow through his being, and finds it important that his unconscious mind gets connected to the space.

For more information or to commission the artist:

Jochen Kruger-Allenstein
Cell: +27794027467

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Interview with Strijdom van der Merwe on GYA

Have a look at an interview between Strijdom van der Merwe and Chelsea Amor Lotz, on the GYA (Green Your Art) blog:

An excerpt from the interview:

Amor:  How do you see land art as relevant to the connection between man and nature?

Strijdom: We are nature. We are in the danger of losing our balance with nature. No matter how sophisticated we become, we are still part of the cycles of nature. Land art strengthens that connection and reminds us of our close connection. It also makes us aware of the dangers of not living sensitive towards the resources we have. We can't keep on taking, we have to learn to share.