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The New American Landscape

Spark meets artists who have made landscape their subject but with a contemporary twist.

First, encounter the small-scale, yet familiar, buildings of Tracey Snelling's process-driven sculptures.

And Paul Madonna hits the streets looking for cityscape inspiration of which to draw for his weekly San Francisco Chronicle comic, "All Over Coffee."

Then, camp out with photographer Trevor Paglen as he surveys the desert's hidden elements.

Finally, see San Francisco as you've never seen it before: as a jiggling kaleidoscope of Jell-O in sculptures molded by Liz Hickok.

[Original air date: Wed, Apr 05, 2006]

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Featured Profiles:

Tracey Snelling

Be a voyeur in sculptor Tracey Snelling's small-scale world.

Paul Madonna

Talk to comic artist Paul Madonna over coffee.

Trevor Paglen

See the unseen in the desert with photographer Trevor Paglen.

Liz Hickok

Watch San Francisco jiggle with multi-media artist Liz Hickok.

Spark Video Player

Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.

Acknowledgments

Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.

Spark is a production of KQED.

Spark airs on KQED 9 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Repeat broadcasts can be seen throughout the week on KQED.

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