ecological art

Discipline: Art


The critic Herb Aach was probably the first to use this term in 1968. Its origins lying in the work of French artists MARCEL DUCHAMP (1887-1968) and YVES KLEIN (1928-1962), ecological art aims to harness the forces of nature (its physical, biological and chemical processes) with the intention of revealing these by the construction of microcosmic models of natural phenomena.

It is also linked to alchemy and the occult.

J Benthall, 'Art and Ecology', Science and Technology in Art Today (London, 1972)


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