Sam Van Aken is my guest today on Inside Ideas. Sam is a contemporary artist who works beyond traditional modes of art making, crossing artistic genres and disciplines to develop new perspectives on such themes as agriculture, botany, climatology, memory, and the ever-increasing impact of technology. Sam’s works in the natural and public realm are seen as metaphors that serve as the basis of narrative, sites of place making, collective learning, and in some cases have become the basis of scientific research.
He has received numerous honours including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, Association of International Curator’s of Art Award and a Creative Capital Grant. Most recently, his work has been presented as part of Nature-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial with the Cube Design Museum, Netherlands as well as at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His most recent work, the Open Orchard is set to unveil summer 2021 on Governor’s Island, New York City. Sam lives and works in Syracuse New York, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art at Syracuse University. His work is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.
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