Dahlsen United Nations Essay for the Rio+20 conference.
John Dahlsen was invited by the United Nations to write an essay for the 2012 Rio+20 conference. Dahlsen’s essay, titled “The Future We Want” appears on the UN website for the Rio+20 conference and can be seen here: http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/dahlsen.shtm
As a leader in his field of environmental art and having worked in the arts industry for over 25 years, he has the experience to assist with valuable information and guidance through sharing his own journey as an artist, answering frequently asked questions and outlining a simple step process of how to respond in a positive and flexible way to any economic crisis, and to issues commonly experienced by many artists and those involved with the arts. John has created a successful arts business and is now sharing his experience with other artists.
In contextualizing Dahlsen’s work,
Dr Jacqueline Millner from the University of Western Sydney states: When Australian artist John Dahlsen began his littoral walks over a decade ago, he was in some respects honouring the tradition of exploring the relation between humankind and the environment through daily, ritual, embodied interaction. In the case of Dahlsen’s practice, however, the ecological dimension was...more...
Found object installation art: plastics,
styrofoam, nylon rope, thongs and driftwood, found objects
from Australian beaches: The found objects John has collected
from Australian beaches and his recycled plastic
bag works, have become contemporary landscapes and
assemblage artworks, contemporary wall art, environmental
installation art, limited edition prints and totems and
Regular exhibitions in Australia
and on the International stage: He has regular exhibitions of his assemblages,
eco-art sculptures, abstract paintings, installation art,
found object digital print works and totems, driftwood art
and assemblage art sculptures, and
photographs, throughout the capitals cities in Australia and Internationally.
& Teaching: Born in Sydney, raised in Bairnsdale East Gippsland, he studied art in Melbourne at the Victorian
College of the Arts. He has since lectured at various secondary schools and Universities
and at International and Australian environmental and architectural
symposiums, on environmental and installation art,
where he has also exhibited his own work. He is regularly
interviewed by television, radio and the print media.
In 2013 John began a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD Candidature) at the Charles Darwin University N.T. Australia.
Reviewed by Dr. John T Spike at the 2003
Florence Biennial: With this art work, I wish I had
a chair and could look at it for a long time, because I
am certain that in his selection of what elements to put
on the different levels there is a meaning, because I never
saw work like this before So this is the kind of work
that is very meditative, I would love to sit in front of
it for a long time. Sometimes with work that is meditative
you have the feeling that the painting or sculpture would
change at different times of the day, but I dont have
that feeling about this work Because curiously this
work seems to have its own internal light. The artist himself
has put light into these abstract landscapes The feeling
I have looking at this artists work, I have a feeling of
archaeology I see all the layers of the world, all
the different people (Transcript of extemporaneous
remarks made in public by John T Spike, reviewing John Dahlsens
artwork at the 2003 Florence Biennial).
John T Spike is an internationally recognized
art critic and author and director of the 2003 Florence
Biennial of Contemporary Art.
Commissioned & featured art: John Dahlsen's work has been both commissioned
for and is featured in, public and private collections in
Australia, Japan, Europe, China and the United States. Invitations
and commissions continue to be numerous, to exhibit and
make major private and public artworks and to deliver keynote speaking engagement presentations for this contemporary
"Cultural Ambassador" Appointment: John was appointed "Cultural Ambassador" for Friends of the United Nations, on World Environment Day June 6th 2011.