A Question of Currency: Mark Wagner’s Money is Material

Reality is shaped by human constructs of which nature never dreamed. Art exposes and reevaluates these things, creating necessary discomfort. Let's talk about money, once labeled the "root of all evil" in the Hebrew Bible. Our modern social system runs on it, and yet what is money? A promise that vouches that we are worthy … Continue reading A Question of Currency: Mark Wagner’s Money is Material

Between Wildness and Domestication: Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

Humans are fascinated by wildness, but interaction with humans changes a wild animal permanently. Where do such animals find a home? Tonya Littlewolf runs Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in Lucerne Valley, located in the southern Mojave Desert in California. She makes a home here for wolves whose lives have been threatened by humans. Most have been … Continue reading Between Wildness and Domestication: Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

Owning Aggression: Sonya Tayeh’s Baggage

Many believe art should always emphasize the beautiful and balanced. Can art help us understand and heal our dark side?   Sonya Tayeh is best known as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, but this brilliant dancer, dance teacher and choreographer is enjoying a tremendously varied career, premiering works with the Los … Continue reading Owning Aggression: Sonya Tayeh’s Baggage

Psychedelic Ecosystem: The Elephant’s Garden

Come take an artistic walk on the wild side where the sublime meets the brutal. Refreshingly honest, beautiful and whimsical! The life of any ecosystem depends on the death and sacrifice of some individuals within that system, and this fantastic garden is certainly no exception. There are a few beasts here big enough, such as the … Continue reading Psychedelic Ecosystem: The Elephant’s Garden

Floating on Water: The Medieval Art of Ebru

Traditional art forms remain astounding and disarmingly beautiful in an era dominated by technology. What makes this art so beguiling? Ebru, a form of paper marbling, is an ancient art that originated in the 15th century in central Asia. Europeans first encountered it in Istanbul and were mesmerized by it. If you have seen old books with marbled beginning … Continue reading Floating on Water: The Medieval Art of Ebru