Robert Irwin, High Times, potatoes, and Michael Pollan12/20/09
I curated a show for LA Record’s holiday party and met some wonderful artists in the process. Charles exhibited a Planetarium photo, which certainly got people talking! Everybody had a different response to the Reclamation project, and I thought I’d share a few-
“Sounds like Robert Irwin meets Star Trek!”
Another artist, who shoots for High Times, asked me if I would be interested in writing a piece for them- perhaps a portrait of an American pot farmer, perhaps something more political… He recommended that I read Michael Pollan, a writer I’ve been meaning to get to for quite some time. Michael Pollan wrote a book called Botany of Desire in which he discusses the “intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants” as exhibited by man’s love affair with tulips, potatoes, apples, and pot. He seemed like another kindred spirit, so I checked out the “Teaching” section of his website and came across a class called “Getting Over Wilderness”! The course description poses this question:
“How have our culture’s peculiarly religious ideas about nature, and fixation on wilderness, colored the way we cover the environment?”
Needless to say, we need to speak to this man. I’m setting up an interview A.S.A.P.