Image courtesy of Oliver Kellhammer.
Artist, educator, activist, and writer Oliver Kellhammer has described himself as an enzyme or a catalyst, rather than a creator in any traditional sense. This modesty allows his site-specific works to transpire gradually in unexpected ways, rejuvenating areas hurt by development and demonstrating life’s resilience in the face of climate change and global capitalism. Whether establishing community gardens in Vancouver and New York, or reintroducing prehistoric flora to regions changed by industry, Kellhammer’s holistic work blurs the lines between activist intervention and artistic inspiration, working alongside and within the abundant creativity of the material world.
Cam Scott visited Oliver Kellhammer at the Green Oasis Community Garden in New York’s Lower East Side to talk about ecology, economy, art, and process.
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