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Old Traces of the New Year

Posted on: Friday, December 28, 2007

As 2008 beckons, we look for traces of those things we hope to carry with us to steer us into the New Year. Which impressions, imprints, or mental maps will continue to guide us into territory both familar and uncharted?

I am reminded of the work of my Iranian artist friend Ahmad Nadalian and his cylinder seal sand drawings and environmental installations. I love that Nadalian uses ancient technology to generate new ways of viewing the landscape and the fragility of our relationship to it. A fitting metaphor perhaps as we adopt old ways to look at the outline of the new in the year that lies ahead.



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