Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Get In Line- Jim Denevan

My husband recently introduced me to contemporary earth artist Jim Denevan. He must have stumbled across him on a surf blog somewhere, or was it in a Calvin Klein catalogue, maybe a french restaurant? I'll never be too sure because Denevan has done it all.

Before becoming a renowned Artist he spent years 'hardcore surfing' cheffing and modeling (i wonder if that was hardcore too?). He is also the founder of the long running travelling farm dinner series 'Outstanding In The Field' which has apparently inspired intrest in the farm to table movement across the country. You can read more about that on the 'Outstanding Field' website, have a read, it's actually quite inspiring... a little River Cottage - ish (but he's more attractive than Hugh).

I won't go on about how much I love the temporary nature of his work, it's connection to place and how it comments on the value of art... because that would be boring*. So, suss it out. Seriously beautiful stuff.

Works on sand

Work on ice

in March of 2010, Jim Denevan and his crew created a large scale artwork on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, Siberia. The spiral of circles, along a fibonacci curve, grow from an origin of 18" to several miles in diameter.
The project is currently featured on The Anthropologist and is the subject of an upcoming documentary directed by Meredith Danluck.

Works on earth

You can see more of his work on his official website.

 Or see what he has to say on this short clip, it's a little fruity but I like a lot of what he has to say.

* what i meant to say is that- I have been on maternity leave for 2 years, thinking about nothing but babies and boobs. I'm off my art chops. Got nothing.


  1. "More attractive than Hugh"... such sacrilege

  2. Oh I love this one too. I'm going to have to bookmark these for the art job I am visualising getting at a local posh gigls' school. Did you do this as a kid? I remember as a teenager walking on the beach for miles swing a stick like Ii was the point of a compass and making huge circle patterns. If I had only surfed, Jim and I could have made beautiful art together! Imagine this on the school oval. Cookies for the groundsman and the keys to the ride on mower I'm thinking.


Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em