William Greiner

Issue 13

I grew up in New Orleans, which sits at an elevation below sea level. As a child, I often wondered if the Gulf of Mexico would one day swallow us. I would look out over the levees, half-expecting to see a wall of water rushing towards me. As we all know, that day did indeed come. New Orleans was submerged briefly, but long enough to change my city irrevocably, and send me seeking higher ground in Baton Rouge.

The probability of New Orleans suffering another disaster on that scale in my lifetime is low, so my mind wanders, and worries about concerns more global, yet just as likely to impact my life as Katrina did five years ago. Regardless of one’s political views, it is difficult to argue the present realities of climate change and its affect on the polar ice caps. If sea levels continue to rise at the current rate, the Earth’s land mass will shrink. Islands will disappear, and continental coastlines will move inland, creating new coastlines. As I consider this bleak scenario, I look out at the landscape around me and imagine Baton Rouge as the new Land’s End.

The New Orleans Museum of Art ( www.noma.org) will open two exhibitions by William Greiner, LAND’S END and FALLEN PARADISE (New Orleans 1995-2005) on April 10, 2010 and closing July 11, 2010.

William Greinier is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana based artist.
To view more of his work, please visit William's website.

  New Road and Cane Field with Clouds, Baton Rouge LA 2009 

New Road and Cane Field with Clouds, Baton Rouge LA 2009 

  Road Markings, Field and Houses, BRLA 2009 

Road Markings, Field and Houses, BRLA 2009 

  Creosote soaked Pole and Field, BRLA 2008 

Creosote soaked Pole and Field, BRLA 2008 

  Summer Foliage, BRLA 2008 

Summer Foliage, BRLA 2008 

  Tire Tracks and Tree Stumps, BRLA 2009 

Tire Tracks and Tree Stumps, BRLA 2009 

  Fork in Bayou, BRLA 2007 

Fork in Bayou, BRLA 2007 

  Submerged Bicycle, BRLA 2007 

Submerged Bicycle, BRLA 2007 

  Large Drainage Pipe, BRLA 2007 

Large Drainage Pipe, BRLA 2007 

  Muddy Field with Muted Sky, BRLA 2008 

Muddy Field with Muted Sky, BRLA 2008 

  Deep Shadow, BRLA 2009 

Deep Shadow, BRLA 2009 

  Tree Trunks marked No.8, BRLA 2009 

Tree Trunks marked No.8, BRLA 2009 

  15 ½ Marking on Telephone Pole, BRLA 2009 

15 ½ Marking on Telephone Pole, BRLA 2009 

  Construction Hole and Safety Netting, BRLA 2009 

Construction Hole and Safety Netting, BRLA 2009 

  Construction Mound, BRLA 2008 

Construction Mound, BRLA 2008 

  Construction Stake and Amusement Park, BRLA 2008 

Construction Stake and Amusement Park, BRLA 2008 

  Palm Trees in Parking Lot, BRLA 2008 

Palm Trees in Parking Lot, BRLA 2008 

  Rectangle of Tape, BRLA 2009 

Rectangle of Tape, BRLA 2009 

  Wood Fence, BRLA 2009 

Wood Fence, BRLA 2009 

  Target Parking Lot with Shopping Carts, BRLA 2009

Target Parking Lot with Shopping Carts, BRLA 2009