Saturday, December 16, 2006
Self-Taught Artist steered me to the work of Andy Goldsworthy. So I decided to look over his work. I found a book a Border's that wasn't shrink-wrapped and had a look while sitting in the cafe. At first I had trouble warming up to his stuff. Some of it feels contrived to me. I recall there were pieces with petals or leaves glued together with the artist's saliva.
I did find a public domain photo of one of Goldsworthy's sculptures that does resonate with me a bit more (see photo above).
These little cairns I saw on a hike in Zion National Park. I think the park rangers take them down; I'm not sure why.
Goldsworthy's work brings to mind two other artists that I am vaguely aware of. I stumbled onto the work of Patrick Dougherty in Lacoste, Provence, France two years ago. It looked like bundles of twigs (which it is). It was an outdoor exhibit which we only glimpsed over a wall but which was so distinctive that when I saw a reference to Dougherty's work in a magazine, I recognized it instantly. I have seen Dougherty's sculptures referred to as environmental sculpture.
The third artist that came to my mind is Christo. I was rather cynical of his work (and still am to a degree) but happened to be in Paris in 1985 when the Pont Neuf was wrapped. It was a most amazing sight. The Pont is a remarkable bridge in the first place and the wrapping made it seem somehow organic. Check out this web site for photos of Le Pont Neuf Emballe.