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Andy Goldsworthy Appretiation Thread

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Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire in 1956 and was brought up in Yorkshire. He studied at Bradford College of Art (1974-75) and Preston Polytechnic (1975-78). After leaving college Goldsworthy lived in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. He moved over the border to Langholm, Dumfriesshire, in 1985 and to Penpont one year later.


Throughout his career, most of Goldsworthy's work has been made in the open air, in places as diverse as the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, Grize Fiord in the Northern Territories of Canada, the North Pole, Japan, the Australian outback, St Louis, Missouri and Dumfriesshire.


The materials he uses are those to hand in the remote locations he visits: twigs, leaves, stones, snow and ice, reeds and thorns. Most works are ephemeral but demonstrate, in their short life, Goldsworthy's extraordinary sense of play and of place.


The shapes he works from his raw materials are basic: spiral, circle, cone, arch, column, sphere, and undulating line. Often a form will encircle a naturally occurring object, such as a tree or boulder. Other times his forms seem to play with objects, hanging from them or leading to them. Some are designed to play with light and shadow. All have the effect of integrating the area around them as part of the finished sculpture.


Twigs will be counterbalanced and stabilized with thorns to form a screen through which we might see the sun sinking behind a grove of trees. Coloured leaves are gathered and thorned' to a supporting branch creating a subtle rainbow. We realize that leaves are more than green, yellow, red and brown. The play of light upon the form further reminds us of the sun's role in creating leaves and life. Goldsworthy is constantly reminding us to look again, to recognize and realize the connections between the elements.


Another quality of Goldsworthy's sculptures is to convey a strong sense of place. Ice arches along a frozen river bank, twigs wrapped around a stone, leaves creating a bridge between the trunks of a tree all contained within the photographs in his books.


He is a wonderful role model for children, particularly in the areas of sensitivity to the environment and thoughtful, creative engagement with the environment. Goldsworthy rarely uses living plant materials in his work, nor does he make sculptures intended to last for longer than the materials themselves. Ice sculptures are allowed to melt, leaves to fall from their thorny supports, twigs to fall in place as they might have naturally.


The works are recorded as photographs. Book publication is an important aspect of Andy Goldsworthy's work: showing all aspects of the production of a given work, each publication is a work of art in its own right.






































Without a doubt my favorite artist. Dude is amazing..


I highly recommend Rivers and Tides to anyone that is interested in his work.








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You guys don't know the half of it.

This man's stuff is beyond retardation.


I just did a presentation on his entire portfolio.


Go watch Rivers and Tides: Working With Time and prepare to have your artsy asses handed to you.

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Fuck yes, Goldsworthy is amazing. I'd never have the patience for things like that.. Regardless, his work is bananas.

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appreciated. dont hknow if its been said cause im late for work but



step one, watch rivers and tides.

step two, pick up your ass and face off the floor and try to put them in their correct place.



ps. mushrooms would probably be too much, but i bet it would be awesome.

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