Art a GoGo
reviews the DVD Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides
by Kathleen Lang
If ever there was an
artist to expand the boundaries of art outside the studio it is
Andy Goldsworthy. Widely known as an environmental sculptor, Goldsworthy
fabricates sculptures outdoors using only natural materials such
as rocks, wood, leaves, flowers, ice and even snow. Simply stated,
the environment is his studio and his sculptures embody all that
is beautiful and fragile about nature.
This 2001 documentary
by filmmaker-cinematographer Thomas Reidelsheimer is remarkable
in its ability to convey the temporal works of art created by
In this film, Goldsworthy
demonstrates why his works of art have become so famous. Whether
he patiently shapes icicles around a tree, piles rocks into a
'cairn' or connects leaves together and then watches as it is
slowly carried along by the river's current; it is truly mesmerizing
It is worth noting
that very few of Goldsworthy's works of art can be installed indoors
or purchased. Instead, Goldsworthy chooses to construct his pieces
and then take photographs to document their existence. At times
his works are monumental, whimsical, or beautifully delicate.
In any case, his work is always thought provoking.
Throughout the film,
Goldsworthy clearly articulates what he is trying to accomplish
with each project. He may be soft spoken but he is very serious
about his work and role as an artist. Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers
and Tides belongs in every serious art lover's DVD collection.
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