Land Art

Hi all,

I have been messing around with Art.  Art messes with me.  Art is kind of like a bully in my life.

Remember how I really like that artist Andy Goldsworthy?





Yes that guy.

I believe he is a viable response to modern art.  His post-modern/contemporary art is connected to nature while still emphasizing form and beauty.  It defies convention, it’s outdoors, it’s outside of the gallery.  I’m certainly convinced that we live in the age of the gallery.  David Harman convinced me of that.  In any case, I admire Andy Goldsworthy.  I doubt I will try much to emulate him, as I’m not a sculptor.  I did, however, ask my students to emulate him.  I asked them to make rock sculptures after his style.  I was very impressed with what they came up with.  One of my students was pretty excited about it, and even made her own sea-shell sculpture over her spring break!  She e-mailed me the photos that she took (she’s also learning a bit of photography):






Right now I’m having my students do an ekphrastic painting from 13 ways of looking at a Blackbird.

Thanks Kim Owens for the idea!



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4 Responses
  1. Oooh! That’s really cool!

    She’s got a good eye.

  2. Chris says:

    We have been living in the age of the gallery since 1920, and will continue to live there until 2020 or so. What were you thinking before you happened to talk to David Harman?

  3. I guess that I didn’t convey my tone when I say that I am certainly convinced that we are in the age of the gallery. David Harman and I talked about that over my spring break. I had always accepted that art was in galleries. I never really thought about it as occurring outside of the gallery or not on a wall. It was a thought that hadn’t exactly occurred to me. I guess that I don’t disdain galleries or art that is hung on a wall, but I am more aware that Art, truly good art, can and often does occur outside of these establishments. Art as decoration, art as expression, art as art, art as imitation, these are all parts of the whole of what constitutes great art.

  4. Brianna R. says:

    So cool that you put my pictures up! My dad & I were having fun seeing what would come up when we googled our names & I found this post! I am honored! 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well, missing you!

    Brianna R.

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