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   Art & Ecology

Motorway traffic,
in the distance rumbles.
Jet vapour trails pile high. Delivering nitrates and chemicals to the fields to spray, tractors roar by.
The oceans are full of plastics. Cement mixers churn,
forest fires burn.
The latest deluge is reported. We and other life forms
breathe and ingest the end products of this chain of processes.
That humans are impacting upon the natural world is incontrovertible.
Yet there are those who see the degradation as benign, or to be encouraged.

  what is success

chatter, antiphony, barely discerned

Acrid acronym
Oil anointed CEOs
(conditioned & contained) Combustion and Exhaustion Of sentient
customs & life.





Into the oceans and seas facades tumble Into the oceans and seas
facades tumble

Around nature's throat the markets' invisible hands tighten their grip. Is that why so few appear to notice her distress?

        Ecology Masks in Time
     estuary figures - pen ink and charcoal - on pumice primed card - 48 x 24cm

The greatest surveillance vigilance must be on those who have their digits on the buttons and levers of insidious power.

Hydraulic Fracturing Licences - Fresh Round - Issues.
'Just look at them curved hills and moist valleys,
waiting for our stiff pipes and tubing.'
'What you on.' 'Let's ge on wi' it.'
Here is Professor Zang from Camshaft Uni.
'This is an objective view, vis subjective action.
Satisfying immediate needs, vith little concern for long term consequences. So, ve are all deed.'
Thanks for that Zang and also to the Powers that still Bees.
'Thank you for the Revenue and Customs too.'
Now, here comes a Whiter Shade of Pale and the Hip Hop Crew - sample Montagues and Capulets.
Machine beat repeat last line chorus.
'Unless we take action now. Unless we take action now.'
Hold hands, in a circle, round and round.
We all fall down.
The latest public Art Gallery extension opens in a blaze of publicity.
Superficial, disposable, eye catching packaging from the landfill recycling plant dissembling School of Architecture bunker.
Chateau Latour style, a hint of Alpine favours. Dominating the skyline.
Fabrications created to distract from the endemic conditions permeating the soulless structures represented.
Edifice and content in frenzied absolution consumed.

Our hands reveal the past.

Alice meets the Red Queen, in Wonderland, musing
     The Red Queen

pristine ocean no more - marine world pounding

 Pristine ocean no more 

Psyche (But for spite redeemed)
psyche - following behind

Conversations with Pooh and Piglet - Before FlyingFlying Thought

The bunker was deserted, the animals found.
The bunker was deserted,
the animals found.
 handmade artbooks art books

Art Book Extract -poem 'Descending'
Had enough sun yet - Hiroshima revisited
Had enough sun yet
Hiroshima revisited

            clouds above scudding - birds 'n fishes - poem - world ecological forum
                                     birds 'n fishes

art futures

互聯 Interconnected
互聯 Interconnected

skin thin atmosphere

skin thin atmosphere

Bowland Revealed - School Art workshop - looking back looking forward collage (4)
School Art workshop

School is poison!  Conceptual.
Respect to life shared.
To elders, mothers and fathers, who can't be, for the time being.
Relationship Referenda.
Coitus interruptus, a consummation devoutly to be wished, or abstinence.
Alternatives to barriers or termination.
Where is the love?

June. Early winter. The  Korora   from Southern oceans prepare beachside nesting grounds. Kuakas calling across the Sound. Moas a distant memory.

Cop Out.
Groups of people occupy motorway carriageways.
Banners waving, courageous. Celebrate, marching.
Jubilant, turn highways into bye-ways for a day.
Truck driver on the entry slip road, angry, missing the best part of life, 'but I need to make a living, to survive.'
Accelerates, scattering crowds.
So, some are no longer around.
Trucker serves time, solitary confinement, isolated.
Soon be out, for good behavior released.
On a mission, delivering containers to the contained.
Thorny issues, broken landscapes, troubled minds.

Ecology Economy Deficit
alarm bell curves.

Innocence and Experience.
Castle grounds backdrop.
Robber Barons and The Rubber Band manoeuvre.
Fine tune financial and musical instruments', casting spells.
Apparitions projected.
King's ghostly presence across the stage gliding.
A rhythmic beat.
Enchanters mesmerise, charm.
Snare and kettle drums in unison pound.

Ritual ceremonies practiced.
Light show, spotlight encounters.
Night sky occluded.
Camera crew present scan screen stars.
Panning out from the performance, drawing away from the crowds.
A hot desert location.
Cloudless sky.
Beneath the firmament.
Stone moss in blistering heat gathered.
Tinder dry.
Bipolar disorder.
Associated contradictions and dilemmas, as the ice caps melt into the void.
Physical scars may heal. Psychological ones persist in the soil, getting older.
Shifting baselines.

Summer's here and time is tight
Summer's here and time is tight

Act V (Costume).
Cleaning isles, detritus disposed, discarded.
Running repairs. Programme notes. Read between acts.
Gratefully acknowledge behind the scene partners, diligently revealed.
Evoked, promoted, conjured from obscure darkness, hidden in wings.
Ghosts gliding, translucent, glowing, golden; a generation gelded.

Act VI (Review).
Frame by frame an internal forensic team examine platform stages.

Examine fragile relationships, search for clues. Tragic events unfold.
Investigate evidence, eclipse devices.
Ecology defined.
Storm clouds,
rocks, island shore.  Street performance.

Poem - Ecological Forum - wayside branch    ecological forum - many and the few - pumpkin seeds, ink and watercolour

Is 'lifted out of poverty' a loaded expression,
an excuse for excess and profligacy,
ignoring cultural heritage and traditions' relevant significance?

Acts of Enclosure. Exposure, seasons and change. Automobile closure. Insulated. Acid rain. Plastic oceans, tree limb amputation, desertification. Constriction, fast cut edited. Confirm, relay, affirm. Spatial awareness, limitations. Stifling, concentrated. Oak buds open, turtles return, cardamom flowers. Stars, constellations. Consolation. 

Banking Nature

Energy buzz drip line feed.
Everything is being done to maintain the flow.
In fact there are those dedicated to the addiction.

Dominion eluded.
Anthropocene strata will tell.


Venez à Bordeaux
How wine used to be made.
Before we cooked the trade.
lunar eclipse - 270915 eclipsed

Origins and Ghosts in Pockets Forming.

flimsy craft artworld passengers gulp
flimsy craft art-world passengers gulp
(approaching a plate boundary fault line)

figure - tumbling and falling - artwork

Summer's here and time is tight
for dancing & fighting in the streets.

Some make traditional cultural rounds.
Public Art known, etched on minds.
Representing certain world views
and processes.
Influencing and endorsing.
Patronised, utilitarianised, commercialised.
Achieved by exploitation and degradation of natural resources. Killing the biosphere.

Never before has such a sustained violation of the natural world been witnessed.

Now, where are those glasses?

figures meeting - artwork

figures over and under motorway carriageway- artwork

Fisherfolk treated the Yangtze river dolphin as a protective symbol.
Natural habits lost in a haze.

Landscape Setting.
Paddling, flimsy craft, approaching a plate boundary fault line, art-world passengers gulp, hearts racing, shielding their eyes. Plummet precipitously over a spray licked, innundated escarpment to icy melt waters below. The earth's curved horizon stretches out before them. Skin thin atmosphere. Gasping for breath.

Swooping low on lakes and rivers, to farmhouse eaves, gathering swallows nest. Festival dreams in streams drawn, stumbling across fields and shaded trees, to crucked roof tithe barn rehearsals. Drums improvise, a driving beat recalled. Traditional garb, toasted politely, welcomed, imbibed. Expectation rises, endorsements, glances exchanged. Notice released, pastoral performance. Scripted, choreographed, recorded. Frenzied terminal phase, in destruction and grief relayed. Cascading showers, branches sway, discarded burdens, leaves torn, flooded trenches spill. Damage assessed, assigned. Fantasy explodes, expires. Flags of allegiance lowered. Dispersal. The parody moves on, with a raised finger and an obliging wave of the hand.

Follow me on

wayside violet  Spring violet wayside flower    insect
slide sequence - wing beat
  dreams in streams drawn
  'dreams in streams drawn'

Crude oil distillation.
Justice's rusty wheels creaking.
Seascape fantasy.
Love deprived.
Nature's shark loan.
Pied piper dream.
Control tower, waste land.
Crowds gather.
Murmurations in flight.
Evening migration flocks
return to moss, mud and down.

Piped aboard.


Creative Commons Licence
Robert J & Christine Maria Coleman 2016

close to the earth
a young girl
sings a lullaby
her own
refrain dies
bird song

 Coleridge's Rime - from poem descending  nor any drop to drink

Sequestrated weapons returned to earth.
Metals, organic matter, fuel restored.
Distilled imagination released.
Tar, coal and oil to shells recycled,
to autumn composts reversed.
Circuits, grid patterns in mycelium clusters decline.
Plastic organics remain imbedded, volatile.
Screen mists in waterfall cascades eroding.
Wings in migration beating as one.
Whales and dolphin pods answer the call.
Coral colony fronds respond in kind.
Slates and chalks recorded.

Rift valley footprints traced.
Bridged a divide.
Conversations ebb to silence.
Seen in their eyes. 
Rhythm  - slide sequence

     commodities and geographies
             commodities and geographies

paper and birch bark bowl - bird and flower motif  handmade paper vases and bowls

against the flow of machine city minds

Lancaster Streets
Saturday Afternoon.

In the Stream.
Views reflected, questioned.
Art lives in time.
Still valued, in demand.
Past endeavours remain, endure.
Etched on our minds.
Now, machine energy intensive. Consumption of goods and services, embroiled, financed.
Metaphors mixed and shaken.
A cacophony of sound.
Peaceful quiet interludes, diminished.
Movements and moments.
Lost in space and time

creative geographies room for views & myths.

Dead Buildings Living Earth.

Caring cruise line
crow's nest calling.
Infirmaries for the
sick and wounded.

Prof Zang says - 'We are all but plastics in the bellies of fishes.'




There is a world of difference between questioning illusions and maintaining the delusory.