Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. Producing land art influenced by the very earth it came from. He explores our connection with nature. He takes inspiration and yearns to learn about the processes that have made the natural item and how it potentially links to us.
For example the red rock is red due to the iron with in it, our blood is read also because of the iron content. Two very different things but connected by the red within us and the iron it contains.
He makes the material work itself never altering the actual object whether it be a rock or leaf. Goldsworthy also joins and connect using natural material carrying on the organic theme. This is allows the work to break down naturally by the elements.
He very rarely works inside because to him ” any space is dead compared to outside” I admire the fact that he feels so strongly about using and interpreting nature that his life revolves around hi natural work the world he borrows it from. He has an intimate and physical involvement with nature that is hows in his work. He makes very organic and simple forms. I think this allows the material and setting to be the main focus really highlighting the natural beauty
He describes his work as not trying to change nature but understand it further.
Francesco Somaini is an Italian sculptor, Is known for his innovative sculpture combining the organic forms with architectural and geometrical designs. I mainly used very heavy dense materials like bronze, lead and iron conglomerate.
I really like Somain style because he has the basics of geometric shapes, but doesnt make them incredibly smoth and perfect, There are rough edges lines that arnt perfectly straight theres flow to his work. I think he has the perfect balance or organing and geometric.
I also appreciate his use of material. I love big heavy sculpture that have a lot of body too them i feel like i can appreciate them a little bit more because of the time and effort that went into produce the material and the form that you see in the gallery. I also love the sturdiness and reliability of metal, bronze, lead.
Bruce Munro is a British artists who is best know for large scale light based installations.
His most famous piece of work is called field of light. It was originally in place at the Eden project where a team of five assistants and himself worked over 3 days to install it on the grass roof of the visitors centre.
It is made up of 6,000 acrylic light stems which encase fibre optic cabling. Using 24,000 meters of fire optic each glass sphere on top its stems lights up the space like ghostly orbs.
This installation piece is enchanting, the changing colours add a gently change to the feel of the space. I find it enchanting and quite whimsical to walk through and ever-changing rainbow of glowing plants.
This installation is called the brass monkeys, it is a prymid made up of spheres representing the brass triangles that supported cannon balls on ships. Each spheres has more spheres inside containing fibre optics that make the sculpture glow from within.
Bruce’s Munro’s use of fibre optics gives his work an urethral feel. The perfectly glow with out giving discomfort its gentle and incredibly beautiful.
Munro’s work inspired me to look at the aesthetic of the lighting and the effect it will have not focusing on the shadows frames and lights could make.
The composition of his work whether large scale installation or small garden sculpture is beautiful. He captures the fluidity and softness of the light in the composition and design of his work. Its not overly complex compared to work by Conrad Shawcross but hauntingly beautiful.
I personally prefer the cool toned lights, white, blue cool purple to the yellow and oranges. I think it plays on the enchanting side of it. But i am personally a fan of blue lighting. I want to experiment with different shades of lighting how certain shapes or shadows go better with an orange light or perhaps purple.
Cal Lane is a Canadian artist who was originally trained as a welder. She uses a variety of industrial objects such as oil drums, containers and dumpsters. She associates herself as the devils advocate using contradictions to represent balance, as well as a clash. Running themes of her work are:
- masculinity and femininity
- Industrial and domestic life
- Strong and delicate
- Practical and frivolity
- Ornate and function
- lace from around the world used for celebrations
- political issues
I feel i can relate to Cal lanes work mainly because of her choice of material, metal, more specifically steel. Metal is my favourite mate I also admire the balance of her themes. She portrays the contrasting subjects in a subtle way avoiding visual displays that forcefully show their meanings.
For example ” domesticated turf” as said in the video is all about contrasts, as you explore the piece further you discover the many contexts as you dig deeper into. from an amazing cut out container, to industrial vs domestic, to masculine and femininity.
Whilst challenging the views of metal being a man’s material and very industrial to the domestic home life of a woman with pretty patterns like lace.Her work also represents her struggles of being a tomboy in her childhood, and how it lead her to political and whimsical work she does today. Cal lane incorporates aspects reflecting the environment the piece is in. The ” domestic turf” was shown in Australia at the 18th Biennale of Sydney. To connect to this she used a local sand to re create a shadow of the pattern around the container. This also links to this history of the country taking inspiration from Aboriginals and their natural drawings.