John Dahlsen

John Dahlsen

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. John Dahlsen is an award-winning Australian contemporary environmental artist. He uses found objects, primarily plastic bags, from Australian beaches in his work. Dahlsen studied art from 1977 to 1979 at the Victorian College of the Arts and in 1989 at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education. In addition to his art, he also lectures at Australian universities and at environmental symposiums around the world. He has exhibited work in many solo and group exhibitions since 1979. Dahlsen currently lives in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Dahlsen began his career as an abstract painter but, in the 1990s, shifted to environmental art. He attributes this shift to stumbling upon a large amount of plastic debris from the ocean while collecting driftwood with which he was going to make furniture. Since then, he has used these debris to create tall sculptures (often referred to by him as totems) or to sandwich between sheets of Plexiglas as a commentary on pollution, global warming, and other environmental issues. One of his most well-known artworks is Thong Totem, a group of five totems made from found thong sandals and stainless steel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 127g
  • CIV
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 613674158X
  • 9786136741581