April 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

Advance copies of beautiful FLINT MAGAZINE can now be ordered…here is a preview of my contribution – a prologue to the project MINERALS OF NEW YORK!





Flint Magazine is an unbound multimedia journal modeled after Aspen Magazine, the highly influential art journal “in a box.” Like Aspen, Flint Magazine will examine contemporary art practice and criticism, however Flint Magazine offers a poetic antonym of sorts: where Aspen is a tree – Flint is a rock.



March 24, 2018 § Leave a comment


On February 13, 2018 STUK will be taken over by Artefact, an exhibition and festival on the crossroads of contemporary visual arts, current events and societal challenges. Artefact presents contemporary art practices that engage with complex topics, ‘wicked problems’, urgent themes that unite or divide us, in a a poetic, critical and experiential way.

This Rare Earth — Stories from Below directs our gaze down to our feet, to the geological materials that lie beneath the earth’s surface. The exhibition and festival gives voice to the stories told by these geological materials, conflict minerals and metals, and rare earth elements. The artworks involved focus on the political, economic and ecological implications of their circulation; from mining, processing, and trading, to use, and recycling. And they reconnect the elements of earth with their cosmic origins: ‘as above, so below’.

Specific attention goes out to artist practices going beyond critical reporting, towards an embedded, involved way of relating to the geological turn. They shed light on otherwise invisible themes, create new narratives, or offer alternative concepts that can help us in creating a different understanding of or perspective on the fundamental connection between man and mineral, and between body, earth and cosmos.

With works by Otobong Nkanga (NG), Ilana Halperin (US), Julian Charrière (CH), Justin Bennett (UK), Cecilia Jonsson (SE), Prabhakar Pachpute (IN) & Rupali Patil (IN), Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE), Unknown Fields (AU/UK), Füsun Türetken (TR), Lise Autogena (DK) & Joshua Portway (UK), Susanne Kriemann (DE), Lara Almarcegui (ES), Sissel Marie Tonn (DK), Milo Rau (CH), Ursula Biemann (CH) & Mo Diener (CH), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), Kirstie van Noort (NL) & Xandra van der Eijk (NL)


Karen Verschooren & Ils Huygens (Z33)


Image credit : STUK Leuven

The Library of Earth Anatomy is now open…

October 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

I am delighted to announce that the Library of Earth Anatomy is open, up and running and can be visited in the Bay Observatory at The Exploratorium now and into the geologic future…

The Library – part sculpture, part mobile geological field station, features a new contemplation based Geology collection and an accompanying card catalog, a rock handling collection, a selection of inspirational geological printed matter and a petrographic microscope for exploring the geological universe in thin section.

Rocks are records of events that took place at the time they formed. They are books. They have a different vocabulary, a different alphabet, but you learn how to read them. 

 —John McPhee 


Being Stone…

October 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

Beautiful Etre Pierre curated by Jessica Castex and Noelle Chabert is now open at Musee Zadkine in Paris…it is wonderful to be in the amazing stone company of –

Gilles Aillaud | Dove Allouche | Giovanni Anselmo | Jean Arp | Katinka Bock | Constantin Brancusi | Brassaï |Marc Couturier | Claude Cahun | Anne Deguelle | Eugène Dodeigne | Jimmie Durham | Paul- Armand Gette | Ilana Halperin | Hans Hartung | Henri Gaudier-Brzeska | Nicholas Mangan | Otobong Nkanga| Katie Paterson | Giuseppe Penone| Pablo Picasso| Pratchaya Phinthong | Marko Pogacnik | Evariste Richer | Auguste Rodin | Jean-Michel Sanejouand | Oscar Santillan | Fabien Giraud et Raphaël Siboni |Robert Smithson | Akio Suzuki | Ossip Zadkine|

On through February 11th, 2018 


Etre Pierre opens at MUSÉE ZADKINE in Paris 

September 29, 2017 § Leave a comment


The Library of Earth Anatomy opening soon at The Exploratorium 

August 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

Conversations About Landscape: Library of Earth Anatomy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. 

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.

Join us for the debut of Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence Ilana Halperin’s Library of Earth Anatomy, a collection of remarkable geological artifacts that invite and inspire us to see rocks in new ways. Created for the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory the Library employs unconventional classification methods to dissolve the usual boundaries between nature and culture, as well as between animal, vegetable, and mineral. Premised on the notion that “Earth’s geological record is like a book whose pages have been ripped apart and scattered about,” the Library reveals the unusual richness of Bay Area “geologic literature.” Its rock fragments tell many stories. A series of cards correlated to the rocks guide us in the apprehension that the solidity of rock is an illusion, and that the scale of geologic time is immense.

7:00 p.m. Reception

7:30–8:00 p.m.
Glasgow-based Artist Ilana Halperin will join Exploratorium curator Marina McDougall in conversation about the creation of the Library of Earth Anatomy.

8:00–8:30 p.m. 
Doris Sloan, author of Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region, will discuss the uniqueness of Bay Area geology with Fisher Bay Observatory Director Susan Schwartzenberg.

8:30–9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a unique rock show-and-tell.



4.543 BILLION. The matter of matter at CAPC 

July 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

4.543 BILLION. The matter of matter
29.06.2017 -> 07.01.2018

As part of the cultural season Paysages Bordeaux 2017.

What is at stake when art and museums take on greater temporal and material awareness? How might they move beyond a spatial framework of “think globally, act locally”, to “think historically, act geologically”?


With contributions from more than 30 artists, 4.543 billion. The matter of matter is an exhibition that addresses works of art, collections and cultural histories in relation to ecological processes and a geological scale of time. It presents a continuum of materials and temporal landscapes – films, works on paper, photographs, sculptures, documents, and other meaningful things – and springs from the CAPC building’s former life as a warehouse for colonial commodities whose limestone walls were once deep in the ground and whose wooden beams were once part of a forest.

A central proposal of the exhibition is that works of art are part of geophysical history as much as art history. 4.543 billion attempts to take into account both a micro-local and a planetary perspective, and to rethink some of the histories of art as fragments of broader narratives about the Earth and how our place in it has been represented.

Curated by Latitudes
With: A.J. Aalders, Lara Almarcegui, Maria Thereza Alves, Félix Arnaudin, Amy Balkin, Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck in collaboration with Media Farzin, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Étienne Denisse, Hubert Duprat, Giulio Ferrario, Ângela Ferreira, Anne Garde, Ambroise-Louis Garneray, Terence Gower, Rodney Graham, Ilana Halperin (also at the Université de Bordeaux’s zoology department), Marianne Heier, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, Lucas Ihlein and Louise Kate Anderson, Jannis Kounellis, Martín Llavaneras, Erlea Maneros Zabala, Nicholas Mangan, Fiona Marron, Alexandra Navratil, Xavier Ribas, Alfred Roll, Amie Siegel, Lucy Skaer, Alfred Smith, Rayyane Tabet, Pierre Théron, Pep Vidal, Alexander Whalley Light, Stuart Whipps (also at the Musée des Beaux-Arts) as well as documents and objects lent by the archives of the CAPC, the Archives Bordeaux Métropole, the Archives départementales de la Gironde, and the geology collection of the UFR Sciences de la Terre et de la Mer, Université de Bordeaux.