Saturday, December 15, 2007

The World of Andy Goldsworthy





I’m a big fan of Andy Goldsworthy. Then I found this documentrary Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy working with time in the library. After watching it, I realized that his works have to be appreciated in real time. Although photos did capture some powerful moments, his sculptures are truly 4-dimensional. He is more like a film director, and nature plays a starring role. He has the vision to discover the best actors in nature, and put together a scenario under the best natural light and timing, then let these characters improvise. Using nature as raw material, Andy superimposes something on nature which feels just proper and perfect. This way nature is elevated, for the sense of divinity and temporality is fully revealed. His works only made me realize that nature by itself is not enough.

Both the creation and destruction of his works happen so naturally, that you enjoy the whole process just like appreciating the peaking and fading of fall foliages. The death/birth dichotomy is a repetitive theme of his work, such as his interpretation of a black hole. This also explains his obsession with rivers and tides, the beauty within natural cycles. It’s a deeper understanding of the essence of nature and the essence of life.

The movie is quite a success. With frequent use of long takes and track shots, it brings us so close to Andy’s works and mind. It’s a mesmerizing experience, both cinematic and artistic.

23 comments:

Natasha said...

I love his sulptures
But is it possible to have the dates when he made them?
Thanks

Anonymous said...

what is this sculpture called no name of it thanx

Anonymous said...

This is simply art, names are not required! Just appreciate it

Anonymous said...

I love Andy Goldsworthy's work! I also saw the documentary in a class I was taking and it just was so amazing. His work truly captures the essence of human patience and determination.

Kitty said...

Yes...names of the art would be very helpful...thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love his artwork and have chosen it for my project to study

Anonymous said...

its all very well you saying that its art so just appreciate it but i am doing a school project on andy goldsworthy and need the name for the spidery one with a circle in the middle. So it would be helpful :/

Anonymous said...

i hope you arnet going to ignore us as like 3 people have asked for the names

Anonymous said...

the name of the artwork that has that spidery web thing is called Knotweed Stalks!
enjoy :D

Lady Lullaby said...

I'm studying at university to become a teacher. andy Goldsworthy is one of the artists we have to create a lesson plan on. It would be extremely helpful if you would post names of artworks and the dates they were created or photographed. I see that many other people have asked the same thing! Thankyou.

Lady Lullaby said...

I'm studying at university to become a teacher. andy Goldsworthy is one of the artists we have to create a lesson plan on. It would be extremely helpful if you would post names of artworks and the dates they were created or photographed. I see that many other people have asked the same thing! Thankyou.

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Anonymous said...

Heyyy i know loads of people have asked but i really need this for my GCSE art - do you know the name of the pebble piece?? thankyou

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