Art & Statement: Harry Kuttners Stream Capture at The Ski Club in Milwaukee
Stream Capture is the term used to describe the diversion of water from one stream to another. During this process, water in one stream is captured by another stream with a lower base level.
This geomorphological phenomenon is commonly induced by the headward erosion of a lower stream valley upwards into another.As a result, the course and erosive power of the captured stream is redirected into the valley of another. The landscape and aquatic ecosystem are forever changed.
It is hard to see one’s own actions as a contributing factor to a harmful societal practice. People rarely want to think about the impact their consumption has on their landscape. At the same time, many strive for a connection with the natural world. How does one mediate the binary relationship between consumer and human animal?
As technologies grow nearer and nearer to closing the perceived gap in instant global communication, the total impacts we have had on our planet are beginning to reveal themselves. What have we destroyed? What has adapted to our presence? Most importantly, what continues to persist in spite of our harmful activity?
Harry Kuttner is a sculptor and installation artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. His work stems from representations in visual culture, focusing on the physical and visual connections between the manufactured object and the natural. His sculptural assemblages often impress a human trace onto the serene products of the natural world.
Kuttner recently received his BS in Studio Art and Environmental Geology from southern Wisconsin’s Beloit College. Kuttner is currently working on a number of collaborations with Chicago-based object makers, skateboarders, and western wear enthusiasts.
Photos by Thad Kellstadt