Thursday, October 18, 2012

Joshua Tree

Artist in residence programs at national park tend to attract photographers and painters; much more so than sculptors. Sculpture in the field is difficult...though of course not impossible, or I wouldn't be doing it!

Photographers perhaps have an easier time than painters, but both have their share of physical challenges. I've been wanting to post the work of another 2012 NPS artist in residence, photographer Daniel Kukla, since I first saw it. Daniel was an AIR at Joshua Tree this year. He not only hauled around his photography equipment while he hiked, but also a painter's easel and a large mirror.

Daniel and I share two other connections besides being NPS artists: his background is also in the natural sciences, and his earlier work included two studies of zoo environments, Captive Landscapes, and Lamina. I can't tell by his photos whether any of those works were from the zoos where I worked, but I find them fascinating. You can see all of Daniel's work at his website here.  

His beautiful series from Joshua Tree is called Edge Effect:

Daniel's statement about Edge Effect: "Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself."
If you're interested in applying to the the Joshua Tree artist in residence program, that link is here.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, his artwork is fabulous, especially the startling Captive Landscapes.