January 28, 2009

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More artist summaries:

Andy Goldsworthy
This guy really floats my boat! It's the landscape architect in me, I suppose. You really should Google his name and check out some of the photos.
  • British artist and proclaimed naturalist
  • Artwork responds to the site, whether natural or urban
  • Uses natural and "found" elements as his artistic tools (blades of grass, berries, ice & water, twigs, etc. instead of brushes or paints and his teeth instead of knives)
  • Takes one photograph immediately after constructing his piece. The art exists for him only a moment, then nature takes back over (see below, "Iris Leaves with Rowan Berries"). In his words, "his creations as transient, or ephemeral."

  • Considered the founder of modern rock-balancing

"Looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. It is difficult to say where one stops and another begins. The energy and space around a material are as important as the energy and space within.

"Nature is in a state of change and that change is the key to understanding. I want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather. Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature."
-Andy Goldsworthy

Sources: http://www.morning-earth.org/ARTISTNATURALISTS/AN_Goldsworthy.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Goldsworthy

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