"Seeing something you never saw before that was always there but you were blind to it."

Lately it’s been so interesting to me that we try to save everything. Document everything. In an artistic way too. We love to glorify things; the romantics in us take over. Why do we have such a need to preserve and multiply? It’s like surrealism but it’s such apart of our everyday life.

That’s something that I think is so special about artists like Andy Goldsworthy. While most other artists are out trying to translate what’s in front of us into art, he’s creating art that can’t be multiplied (without means of photography+video but even then it’s not the same thing.) He’s creating art that we don’t yet know how to capture. Meanwhile traditional artists are capturing nature onto 2-d or 3-d surfaces that can then be put up in galleries. Even the work he does for galleries fall apart and crumble over time; they are organic and aren’t meant to last. It’s like working backwards. Breaking down the way you think and reconstructing it. Goldsworthy is an art philosopher.

I found some clips of Rivers and Tides on Youtube. The quality isn’t great but it gives you a better idea of what his work is like…

I can’t wait until things calm down and I have time to write more again (or take some pictures at least -gosh!)


P.S. I’ve been searching for this photo to show you -although it’s kind of morbid. I found it on google just now.. Maybe I’ll dig out my notebook again so I can post it here and explain it (with the help of my notes from college.) I don’t want to take this blog in a dark direction but I can’t help but to think about death constantly with everything going on.

Too Much & Change

So maybe this sounds silly but a lot of times I want to write so much more than I actually do. I don’t know what would be ‘too much.’ Sometimes I need to write about real things, if not for anyone else then for myself.

&No, I’m not talking about worldly current events (enough people are talking about that kinda stuff)
Last night I found out that this kid I used to hang out with killed himself. Hanged himself. He was 26. There are always questions when someone dies but when it’s from suicide we always seem to address the questions to ourselves. Like WE were the ones who could have made a difference. The last time I saw him was over 3 years ago. I wasn’t close to him, but since he was in my friends’ band we all hung out. He was always fun.

I once had a professor who said that social networking sites were strange because it’s like we’re building our own tombstone -and I think it’s so true. After someone dies their Facebook is where people go to mourn. There they can read the things that person once said, look at pictures of them &read people’s reactions to losing that person.

It didn’t feel like he was gone until I saw people posting sad things on his FB. One of my friends even has a video of him on youtube. It’s not a good quality video but it still gives me chills. Man, it sure feels weird to think about it, to write about it. He was one of us.

Anthony, you will be missed more than you know.

Death & reconnecting with nature brings me to….

Andy Goldsworthy. One of my favorite artists of all time.
(Rachael, if you don’t know him already, I know he’ll be your fav!)

Andy Goldsworthy is an ecological artist
-he only uses found natural objects and he rarely uses tools.

His art is always site specific and often is an event that is destroyed by nature over time.

Some say his art is time; the art isn’t only what he makes and photographs but it’s also the way it interacts with nature and breaks down.

icicles (he makes sculptures like this with his bare hands – even without gloves)

“The very thing that brings the work to life is the thing that will cause its death”

“When I make a work, I very often take it to the edge of its collapse, and that’s a very beautiful balance.”

lying in the rain

“The real work is the change”

Although he prefers to work in nature he does occasionally get commissioned for galleries and private locations:

Amazon sells a documentary on his work, Rivers and Tides for a reasonable price.

I highly recommend buying it. You get to watch the making of the art as well as the breakdown. Andy explains his work and it’s so easy to connect with him, he’s such a down to earth person. I watched it in my art class last semester and loved it so much that I bought it to show my whole family. His work is beautiful &he breaks down how we think of art traditionally and reconstructs it intertwined with nature.

I’m sure I’ll mention Andy again in the future.

For now I’m going to rest my head.