Articles by Meg Floryan

Floral design by the Hopkinton Garden Club, Flora in Winter, Worcester MA, 2009. Image via the museum website. Interpretation of “Untitled” by Ilya Bolotowsky.

The Nature of Art: Blueprints

The Nature of Art: Blueprints

As a visitor walking around an art venue, it’s refreshing and pleasing to stumble across green spaces. Open-air and enclosed courtyards featuring lush vegetation and bubbling fountains, outdoor terraces and …

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009. Image via Flickr. Photo by Andrew Ciscel.

The Nature of Art: Footprints

The Nature of Art: Footprints

It’s hip to be high-minded these days. In the cultural spheres, showing awareness of environmental concerns can prove to be a savvy PR move, and architectural firms and museum committees …

“Elephant Parade,” London, 2010. Image via Flickr. Photo by Mark Pether-Longman.

The Nature of Art: The Bigger Picture

The Nature of Art: The Bigger Picture

We’re accustomed to porticoed Greek temple-style museums, white-walled galleries, conspicuous label texts, a high level of organization, and clearly-defined thematic spaces. For those of us who are city-dwellers, we expect …

Waldemar Smirnov of the Fraunhofer Institut Angewandte Festkörperphysik, Germany, “Squaring the Circle,” 1st place winner of Materials Research Society “Science as Art” competition, fall 2009. Image courtesy of MRS. Crystalline diamond grain anisotropically etched by spheres of molten nickel.

The Nature of Art: On Closer Inspection

The Nature of Art: On Closer Inspection

Popular opinion concerning the relationship between technology and the environment is of great interest to me; my own graduate research focused on its treatment in mid-century American children’s book illustration. …

Matthew Albanese, “Salt Water Falls,” mixed media, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist.

Gastro-Vision

The Nature of Art: Let’s Situate Ourselves

Gastro-Vision

The Nature of Art: Let’s Situate Ourselves

Get to the root of the matter. Plant an idea. Sow the seeds. Call it what you will — the environment, biosphere, landscape, wilderness, terra firma, mother earth, etc. — but nothing …

Antony Gormley, "Blind Light," 2007. Image via BBC Online.

Flash Points

Interactive and Participatory Art

Flash Points

Interactive and Participatory Art

“Our advanced art approaches a fragile but marvelous life, one that maintains itself by a mere thread, melting into an elusive, changeable configuration, the surroundings, the artist, his work and …