Land Art Explored
Form, Texture, Geometric Design, Light and Reflection
I've always loved different textures and shapes of natural objects, so I loved the discovery of artists who take the use of natural materials to an ubelievably divine level!
This is my exploration of some of them...hope you enjoy this with as much delight as I did!
Photo Credit: Syti.Net
Some of my favorites
South African Rocks!
Strijdom van der Merwe - South African Land Artist
WOW! Who would have thought to do this with DEW?!
I just LOVE this idea!
Nils Udo - Wow!
Andy Goldsworthy - British Artist
...unbelievable use of flowers!
A Walk through Andy Goldsworthy's Art
Sit back and enjoy this visual journey through some amazing creations in Nature.
So exactly what is Land Art?
From the artists themselves...
Strijdom van der Merwe: "As a land artist, he uses the materials provided by the chosen site. His sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. It is a process of working with the natural world - using sand, water, wood and rocks. He shapes these elements into geometrical forms that participate with their environment, continually changing until their final probable destruction. What remains is a photographic image..."
After seeing what he does with rocks on the beach, I'll forever think differently about stretches of sand...
Joern Hansen: "My land art sculptures, projects and installations are primarily created on location, and made with materials found there, or other nature materials (ex: branches, leaves, wood, driftwood, and stones). I emphasize that the sculptures may enrich or give an extra dimension to the site. My intention is that the sculptures and installations are experienced as an addition to the local nature. The inspiration may come from something already found in the location, a material, a root, a form, a wood block, a stone,- something that can be drawn into the foreground or emphasized. Perhaps expressing a feeling, an idea, or a mood that arises from, and suits the history or spirit of the location."
Wikipedia on Land Art
Land art, Earthworks, or Earth art is an art movement which emerged in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked. Sculptures are not placed in the landscape, rather the landscape is the very means of their creation. The works frequently exist in the open, located well away from civilization, left to change and erode under natural conditions. Many of the first works, created in the deserts of Nevada, New Mexico, Utah or Arizona were ephemeral in nature and now only exist as video recordings or photographic documents.
The best known piece, and probably the most famous piece of all land art, is Spiral Jetty (1970), for which the American Robert Smithson arranged rock, earth and algae so as to form a long (1500 ft) spiral-shape jetty protruding into Great Salt Lake in Utah. How much of the work, if any, is visible is dependent on the fluctuating water levels. Since its creation, the work has been completely covered, and then uncovered again, by water.
If you're into the History - this might give some insight
I personally prefer the smaller, more intimate versions of land art.— Marlene
Some Featured Artists
There's a lot out there,
so this will be an ongoing task!
Watch this space!
Joern Hansen - European
And all that remains is the photographic image...
Strijdom loves working in or near water
Goldsworthy - about the photograph
"My approach to the photograph is kept simple, almost routine. All work, good and bad is documented. I use standard film, lenses and no filters. Taking the photograph is not a casual act. It is very demanding and a balance is kept in which documentation does not interrupt the making. Each work grows, stays, decays - integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its height, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit in that moment. A drawing or painting would be too defined. The photographs leave the reason and spirit of the work outside. They are not the purpose but the result of my art. As Yves Klein said of his monochrome paintings: 'They are the left-overs from the creative process, the ashes. My pictures, after all, are only the title deeds to my property which I have to produce when I am asked o prove that I am a proprietor.'
That art should be permanent or impermanent is not the issue. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature and should not be confused with an attitude towards art generally. I have never been against the well made or long lasting.
The photograph does not need to shrivel and fall to the ground for change to be part of purpose. It is an outdoor experience expressed in an indoor place which uses the conventions of that place to keep its meaning clear. It is appropriate to that space as it would be inappropriate to hang a framed photograph from a tree in a wood.
If the photograph represents the work alive, then work brought indoors becomes its husk. Much of the energy is lost: stones become isolated and leaves dry out ...yet there is still enough meaning left. Not only does such work explore the relationship between indoor and outdoor alongside the image, it emphasises the physicalness of what I do."
A Wonderful Inspiring Calender - by Land Artist Martin Hill
This is definitely on my Wish List! It's simply stunning!
The most beautiful Images...
Right on your own wall!
Some of the photos in Martin Hill's CalendarClick thumbnail to view full-size
Inspiration for next trip to the beach
Classic use of sticks!
Display of patience, perfection & ability - Richard Shilling
More colourful samples - by Nils Udo
...using seeds, berries and leaves
But there's just something about sticks & water
Leaves & Light
And then there's Sand...
You think THAT was cool?
Have a look at THIS!!!
Circles in the Sand
Surfer Beach Art - Enter Jim DenevanClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Sheer Scope...
How is it done? You ask... - This is how Jim Denevan does it...unbelievable!
An amazing interview with Land Artist Jim Denevan. It shows how he goes about making these huge works of art on beaches and what drives him. Inspiring!
There's also a Snow Artist!!! Simon Beck is Awesome!
Ooooh, so now you want to explore yourself?!
Well, why didn't you say so?
Some Inspiration for your own creations
Perfect for inspiration to do more than just walk in Nature, but to ENGAGE!
What do you doodle with? More permanent things, like pen, paper and paint, or sticks and stones?...and bush and bones?
Let us know so we can come and ogle it, please!
Or just scribble your take this amazing expressional art here...