Jim Denevan is an American artist from Santa Cruz, California famed for his inspiring temporary land art. He makes temporary drawings on Sand, Earth & Ice that are eventually erased by waves and weather. “There’s a freedom and an ability to go anywhere when I’m markingthesurface.”-Jim Denevan.
The photographs of his work have been exhibited at PS1, part of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Jim began drawing with a driftwood or a rake found on the beach and the resulting works were nothing short of remarkable. Incidentally, Jim also happens to be an accomplished chef starting his career at age 17 and moving on to be the executive chef at Gabriella Cafe, a 4-Star eatery in downtown Santa Cruz. On May 2009, Jim created what was billed as the largest drawing in the world as wide as Manhattan on the vast stretches of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
The 48-year old sand artist spent two weeks drawing on the beds of the dried Salt Lake in May producing this largest work of art then. In March of 2010, Jim Denevan and his crew created a large scale artwork that was a spiral of circles, along a Fibonacci curve, growing from an origin of 18″ to several miles in diameter on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, Siberia. This work of art on the frozen surfaces of Lake Baikal was featured on The Anthropologist and is the subject of a documentary directed by Meredith Danluck.
To know more about Jim Denevan, you can visit his website at www.jimdenevan.com