Known for his large-scale artworks on stretches of bare sand and dry lake beds, Jim Denevan is ever searching for the perfect ephemeral canvas. Which is why, when the Anthropologist commissioned a project from Denevan in March 2010, he and his team traveled thousands of miles to etch his particular brand of artwork on the frozen surface of the world’s largest lake, Siberia’s Lake Baikal. Enduring sub-zero temperatures and blistering winds, the five participants inscribed the ice with a series of circles based on the Fibonacci sequence (where each number is the sum of the previous two). The finished artwork — akin to a series of crop circles in its astonishing size and symmetry — is the largest ever created. Captured here in an extensive retrospective of photographs (by Peter Hinson and Jake Burghart) and in the accompanying documentary film (by director Meredith Danluck) this extraordinary book covers the highs and lows, the comedy and the drama, as well as the final ephemeral work itself.
About the Artist
Jim Denevan is an artist, surfer, and chef. For nearly twenty years, he’s used empty stretches of sand as his canvas, creating large-scale geometric drawings that eventually vanish beneath the rising tide or falling rain. Photographs of these pieces have been exhibited at the MoMA/PS1, Parrish Art Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Denevan, who resides in Santa Cruz, CA, founded “Outstanding in the Field,” a roving farm-to-table dinner series, in 1999.