This blog chronicles the importance of and efforts to return to Mother Earth in spirit and in body. This journey is not one of primitivism or reenactment of an earlier age. It's hope is to inspire me to find the middle ground between necessities of the 21st Century, the need to find a simpler way of life, and our ethical responsibility to protect the land and preserve our natural resources.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Writer’s Cabin

Inspired by the writings of authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemingway and Jack London, artist and designer Mark Moskovitz created his “Writer’s Cabin” from familiar suburban materials such as plywood and two-by. However there are definite signs of a mature and modern-design–sensitive creator in the inclusion of an Arco table lamp and the bullet-proof glass rungs of his loft ladder. Though Moskovitz lived for a few years in the cabin-ous mountains of Northern Vermont, his cabin has found its home with a gallery setting. The structure is outfitted with objects designed for ‘deliberate living,’ (undoubtedly drawing on Thoreau’s words ‘I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately’). With it’s simplicty, the irony of Moskovitz’ statement is made clear through its use of iconic cabin essentials and the mixture of modern materials and design twists.

Mark Moskovitz earned his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he received the first Daimler Chrysler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award upon graduation. The cabin installation has been on exhibit at the Cranbrook Academy, in the atrium of the DaimlerChrysler Financial Services headquarters, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and now rests humbly in the artist’s back yard. See more images at the artist’s Web site.

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