Monday, March 9, 2009

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy's art is mesmerizing, and although several books depict his work in photographs, documentary films do his pieces even more justice by capturing them in motion.

Here are two clips from the documentary, Rivers and Tides, "Salmon Hole" and "Wooden Web." (These aren't the official titles of the pieces but describe the content).

"I am so amazed at times that I am actually alive," he muses at one point in the 'Wooden Web" clip. His art is the gift of that experience.

Part of what is so haunting is the the ephemeral, fragile and impermanent nature of the installations.... being able to look on as the artist slowly constructs these works of beauty, and then witnessing them clatter to pieces or drift apart is pure, visceral poetry.

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