A Brief Look Into The World Of Environmental Art
In this article, we are going to take a brief look into the world of Environmental Art from both contemporary and historical artists.
-Cracked Earth 1973-1979
Menashe was a late 20th-century Israeli sculptor and painter. In his early years, he worked as a shepherd. This experience with nature had a significant impact on his later work. So much so that painting portraits of sheep became his trademark. However, he did create a diverse range of work during this period. One of the most profound collections from the artist would be the ‘Cracked Earth’ series.
This series reflects our ever increasing impact on the earth. As most works of art, the subject is usually left open to interpretation. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I view this as a foreshadowing of a not so distant dystopia. Suggesting when all the world’s resources have been drained, the earth will be left hollow and lifeless. I also regard this as a call to action as we progress through to the 21st century.
Andy Goldsworthy is probably one of the more well known environmental artists. He created physical sculptures using natural materials such as leaves, rocks, twigs, grass and pretty much anything that grows from the ground.
He often creates intricate patterns and textures which hold a strong visual aesthetic. By outlining certain shapes, he is able to create a series of hypnotic, symmetrical masterpieces.
Goldsworthy mention’s how photography is a crucial part of his process “Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit.”
It could be argued that Andy is just as much a photographer as he is a sculpture, depicting an interesting take on photography’s place in the art world. By combining these mediums, he has consequently been able to create a unique body of work.
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