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Strata and Sediment under the Fog: Geological Landscapes in Smithson and Ewen

Author(s): Jakub Zdebik

Journal: The Brock Review
ISSN 1188-9071

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Robert Smithson | Paterson Ewen | Gilles Deleuze | Immanuel Kant | geology | landscape | image of thought | diagram | landscape | communication

Strata and Sediment under the Fog focuses on geological landscapes and how they are a stand-in for the mind’s landscape. This article looks at how American artist Robert Smithson describes the mind through geological landscapes in his writings and how Canadian artist Paterson Ewen diagrammatically represents the organization of rocks. The work of these two artists is considered according to the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Immanuel Kant—two philosophers who rely on geological and geographical models and metaphors to communicate the function of thought.

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