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Photographer Emil Hartvig is based in Copenhagen, but recently he came to the United States and traveled through the Midwest to photograph the Prepper movement. Preppers subscribe to an extreme kind of disaster preparedness. They're not setting aside a few bottles of water or a flashlight in case the power goes out. Preppers are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Whether its economic collapse, civil unrest, or a biological or nuclear attack, the Prepper movement is all about having the means to be self sufficient and protect yourself when the shit hits the fan.
Sharon Louden is an artist, educator and the editor of the book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: 40 Essays By Working Artists. For the book, Sharon asked 40 working artists to write about how they make a living in the art world.
Ilona Gaynor is an artist and designer. Unlike many artists and designers however, Illona isn't interested in producing objects or products. She's interested in designing narratives, plots and schemes. And for her latest art project, she's designing a bank heist. The work is called Under Black Carpets, and the goal is to design a successful robbery of five banks that surround the One Wilshire building in downtown Los Angeles.
Eric Lindveit makes work that might be more at home in a natural history museum than a gallery or museum: for the past few years, Eric has been holed up in his Bushwick studio making enlarged hyper-realistic pieces of tree bark. Eric bases his sculptures on New York City street trees as well as drawings he collects from pre-20th century medical and natural history books. He's especially interested in depicting diseased or damaged trees, so many of his large bark sculptures feature strange fungal growths, severed branches or even deep horizontal cuts where it appears an axe has struck the tree.
Last month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opened a new exhibition called Great and Mighty Things. The show features the work of twenty seven self-taught or "outsider" artists from the private collection of Philadelphia collectors Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz. In the show are drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even a piece intended to channel the Earth's electromagnetic energy for healing purposes.
Photographer Emil Hartvig is based in Copenhagen, but recently he came to the United States and traveled through the Midwest to photograph the Prepper movement. Preppers subscribe to an extreme kind of disaster preparedness. They're not setting aside a few bottles of water or a flashlight in case the power goes out. Preppers are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Whether its economic collapse, civil unrest, or a biological or nuclear attack, the Prepper movement is all about having the means to be self sufficient and protect yourself when the shit hits the fan.