In seeking to embrace the media myth that market recognition is the only real way of establishing a value for their art, many of today’s artists have placed themselves at a great disadvantage. The fusion of art and money has become so strong that it has the feeling of a floating crap game, in which national cultural bureaucracies willingly co-operate, while dealers and art brokers collude at arm’s length. Grande’s solution is to find a type of art which connects more closely with the artists inner selves and the unbuilt, unmediated part of the world around them. Because it questions the invasion of the creative process by institutional and market forces, and because it marks a return to direct experience, with nature as a source for creativity, Balance: Art and Nature is bound to stir up controversy. It looks in depth at the work of Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Armand Vaillancourt, Bill Reid, Carl Beam, Kevin Kelley, Ana Mendieta, and james carl, among other and includes essays on Japanese sculpture and Native Art.