Edgar Cardenas

My work investigates the sociological, ecological, and technological subtleties of human/environment relationships and how the treatment of the land is as much a result of a person’s aesthetic, and ethical dispositions, as it is their ecological understanding. Specifically, I examine how aesthetic and semiotic framings around the sublime, pristine, and man-altered landscape encode particular assumptions and ideologies about our relationships to the environment. I seek to disrupt these representations and create a heightened sense of awareness about the systems we create, maintain, and adopt.

Meanwhile in Detroit/Los Americanx

Meanwhile in Detroit - Contesting conceptions of the division between natural and urban settings through spaces like the Eliza Howell nature trail.

Los Americanx - Interrogating and questioning the conception of American identity and how it’s both constructed and enacted by the individual and the public.