Spiral Jetty - Robert Smithson

Spiral Jetty - Robert Smithson

Earth Art

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. It is also an art form that is created in nature, using natural materials such as soil, rock (bed rock, boulders, stones), organic media (logs, branches, leaves), and water with introduced materials such as concrete, metal, asphalt, mineral pigments. Sculptures are not placed in the landscape, rather, the landscape is the means of their creation. Often earth moving equipment is involved. 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.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia

Embankment by Rachel Whiteread. Turbine Hall, The Tate Modern, London. 2005.

Embankment by Rachel Whiteread. Turbine Hall, The Tate Modern, London.  2005.

Poetry Installation

A recent exhibit at Montserrat College of Art uses poetry to raise awareness about ecological sustainability.

"Align" is the title of the poem, and its spray-painted stanzas are stencilled onto the risers on the two boardwalks to the beach, on the cedar shingles over the snack bar and bathhouses, and on the face of the arbor between them. The physical arrangement of the verses means readers don't know where the poem is meant to begin or end, and you would have to climb both boardwalks and circle the snack bar to take it all in. That seems to lend more gravity to every line — each has to stand on its own.

The Dresses/Objects Project -San Franscisco

The Dresses/Objects Project -San Franscisco
The Dresses/Objects Project - Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s experimental 1914 poetry collection “Tender Buttons”

Divide Light - Leslie Dill

Divide Light - Leslie Dill
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