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Exploration: Art and Environment

Journal #10: Andy Goldsworthy- Art in Unexpected Places

The documentary about Andy Goldsworhy’s work really spoke to me on many levels. The way that he interacts with nature is inspiring, especially with how he connects with a space or place and then finds ways to create art based on that area. 

Goldsworthy’s approach is about inspecting the environment and seeing what fits with that demographic, and how different pieces of the environment can act together to create something organic and new within his given circumstances.

It’s interesting to me how much time has to do with a lot of his pieces. In the documentary we witnessed as he fought the tide to create his rock formed cone like piece (which reminds me of a trail marker). He did not have as much time as he wanted, especially since the stone was so finicky to work with. So the concept of time is highly involved with the piece, especially since he has to capture what it is before it disappears into the sea. 

Time seems to be a largely reoccurring theme because it does not apply in just this one instance. When he was working with the red stone and giving it back to the river it very much is about capturing a moment in time and seeing how that applies to the environment, and is about giving back to the environment and finding something that you perhaps didn’t realize was apart of that specific place. 

Time also comes largely into play as he is working to make the salmon nest in the crook of that river. Once again he is working against the tide, and how the tide takes apart the piece of work is just as much a part of the piece as the actual building and creation of it is. 

In a way Andy Goldworthy can be considered a performance artist, this mostly has to do with how he creates his works, and because it comes in different stages. To really understand how his work functions and how he interacts and connects with the environment is all dependent on watching him do that connecting. His interactions shape what he is going to do and the work that he accomplishes. To gain a full understanding of his work we have to look at how he developed it, and at the inspiration he took to create it. 

Journal: Wasteland

Watching Wasteland inspired a lot in me, I think, both as an artist and photographer myself, and as someone who wants to reach out to people and to the world around us. (For those of you on here who haven’t seen this documentary, GO WATCH IT)

I think there are a lot of great ideas being thrown around by Vic Muniz, some of which he accomplishes, and some that he doesn’t, but I think he helps bring a community together, and helps bring more awareness to them. 

I would really love to look at his original photographs and see what he captures of these people in those. He’s talking to them about their passions and their lives, and it brings out so much of who they are that those are the pieces I want to see!

I think the documentary is the most truthful part of the whole process, because it really brings a new light on these people and the work that they are doing. It’s not just about creating something but also about getting others involved and showing what it is like in this part of the world for these people. 

I think the layers here mean a lot, they establish relationships and create many things besides art. But at the same time it is hard to know what audience you are reaching and what the real reasons are, no matter how good the intentions, behind what you are doing. 


Representation is something that gets talked about a lot in art. 

"The artist is representing here…" How do we know what the artist is representing without asking the artists themselves?

Representation is a tricky thing. It’s about pulling pieces of things from other places and putting them together in a new light. As an actor I can represent my version of Juliet onstage, but it isn’t Shakespeare’s original envisioning, it’s my own invention. But in then end, they are his words. 

We change what others have given us and show them something different in return, we give them a little slice of how we see the world, of how we ourselves represent it.

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