From Michael Jantzen’s Energetic Art project


At Play in the Fields of the World


Michael Jantzen says of his work, “I want to reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness.” That underlying sentiment is the foundation for work that challenges spatial relationships, material science, social relationships, architectural norms and artistic purpose. Jantzen explores and exploits dimensional opportunities with imaginatively conceived forms shaped by convention and distorted by the force and effects of a fractal progression that stretches conformity, bending it in novel ways Frank Gehry, for example, uses with different result to infuse his designs with fluid energy. Jantzen turns expectations upside down, showing in models  and drawings “What could be,” thus transforming ephemeral into “What is.” Taking a cue from Escher, “What Is” frequently challenges “What’s possible.” Fortunately, Jantzen has been able to build on his ideas to create life-size, working models of numerous designs that break up the public space to create mystical environments that open doors to meaningful and friendly intercourse with the natural world.

He emphasizes: I am presenting these ideas to show how an artist can do something aesthetically pleasing, and practical, to help inspire people to be more environmentally aware of the need to embrace the use of alternative energy. Even though these exist only as ideas so far, all of them could be built and of course that is my goal, along with finding a venue for a major exhibition of these work in the form of models, photos, and some full size prototypes.

— Michael Foldes


Bridge Hotel: The Colorado River canyon near Page Arizona


Michael Jantzen’s


(An exhibition proposal from Michael Jantzen)

In this unprecedented period of environmental destruction, I have explored many ways in which my art can play a major role in expanding the awareness of these issues in the minds of those who encounter the work.

My Energetic Art projects clearly demonstrate valuable ways in which art can play a major role in helping to save our planet. All of these projects are presented as sculptures and/or pavilions. Many of them are designed to actually go beyond symbolism, and do practical things like collect and store rainwater, as well as create electricity from the sun and from the wind, store it in batteries, and/or send the electricity into the local power grid.

I am proposing a major exhibition of a series of these projects that would be presented in the form of photos, models, and some full size structures. I think that your organization could benefit greatly from a PR standpoint by exhibiting this kind of work, especially in light of our present political climate that seems totally oblivious to the extremely negative future of global climate change. The visual impact of all of these projects is derived from a technological and mechanical aesthetic that attempts to bridge the gap between form and function.

What follows is a series of images of past projects that could be part of the exhibition, in addition to others still to come. Most of these images are photos of physical models that have been placed into real landscapes.

My work has been featured widely around the world in the media, and some of it has been exhibited in MOMA NY. Most of my work merges art, architecture, technology, and sustainable design.

Energetic Art Project
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