The following is excerpted from a Foreign Policy in Focus article on The Art of Extraction event in November. Read the full article here.
It's a vision of heaven and hell worthy of a medieval painter. Indeed, with their monumental black-and-white works, the Collective has updated the art of the triptych. Like Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, the coal graphic is crammed with imagery that requires careful scrutiny and an accompanying guide to decode the symbolic content. It offers a three-part narrative of paradise, temptation, and damnation. And it is infused with a moral fervor that confronts the viewer with stark choices about how to live one's life.
For more information on Mark Nowak, check out his blog, Coal Mountain. For more information on The Beehive Collective, check out their website, BeehiveCollective.org.