Wednesday, June 15, 2005

ephemeral fish.

when mysfit fished up Frank Lloyd Wright a small while ago, i immediately thought of my younger brother, who's studying architecture out at Carnegie Mellon. one of his projects was to design a residence for a specific artist; he chose Andy Goldsworthy, thereby proving his coolness yet again. (the house was fascinating, & somewhat labyrinthine, with this whole room built into the network of roots under a tree, creating a natural environment. i'd go into it further, but not without Official Permission.)

i first encountered Goldsworthy when i was living with a sculptor in New Brunswick, in the House that the Devil & Lou Built. which is a story for another day; i need to be feeling pretty vitriolic for that one. anyway, one of the few episodes of communication that occurred in this accursed house was when my roomie, let's call him B, uncharacteristically took an interest in my tastes & brought out a book of Goldsworthy's photographs for me to see.

it's amazing sculpture, all within a natural environment; he calls it "participating." he's perfectly aware of the ephemeral nature of his work; he photographs it when complete, & then abandons it back to nature. i love it. not to mention that the clarity, color, & geometry of his work appeal to something in my gut that does a little dance when it recognizes this kind of form.





here's another link or two to keep the images flowing, though i was unable to google any of my favorites (which i can't describe exactly but would remember immediately if i saw them.)

now if you'll excuse me, i have to go turn Nick Cave into Tom Waits.

postscript: speaking of amazing artists, carl v. has kindly pointed out that Mirrormask (which has been living in the sidebar since the dawn of fish) finally has a release date.

11 little fish:

Blogger Lorena swam up to say...

i like the two you include here.
i like that i always find something interesting here :)

5:32 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

Wow. Great pix.

*stares at photos*

Btw, how hard is really to turn Nick Cave into Tom Waits? Harder than to turn him into David Bowie?

;-)

2:03 AM  
Blogger phylos swam up to say...

Is he the guy that made the sculpture like a spiral island with spiral waterways? I remember an Open University programme on TV about thayt ages ago. Top stuff.

6:02 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

nifty stuff - is that snow? oh i miss snow.

thanks for introducing me to another wonderful inspirational interest - woohoo! i love it!

abandons them? nature takes its toll on all of us and we are proabably better for all that

10:50 AM  
Blogger DeeM swam up to say...

how creative and, well, just plain cool.
As with your prose and photography.

11:04 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

lorena: i like these also. i think these may have been in the book a saw, though he seems to have a ton of work out there.

banzai cat: it's kind of the same as turning him into david bowie but in the other direction.

phylos: i really don't know. i believe he's done some work on a suitably large scale, but i always get the big ones confused with those people to did the Gates in central park. i have not had enough coffee today to remember their names.

mysfit: that's snow. can't say i miss it at the moment; i'm enjoying that it's summer, in spite of the fact that sunburn has immobilized the backs of my knees.
& nature has it's way with everything, eventually. i like that as an artist he seems exuberant about that. like, how long did those snow circles last? a day?

deem: thank you; i love bringing great artists to the attention of others. it's the art history student in me, i guess.

12:42 PM  
Blogger phylos swam up to say...

coffee rocks my AM as well!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Chemical Billy swam up to say...

Goldsworthy! I've always liked his work.

And if I could consistently turn Nick Cave into Tom Waits, I would be a happy woman.

11:01 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

For a really tough task, try turning Leonard Cohen into Nick Drake. You can't believe the amount of bitching I had to put up with.

3:31 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

phylos: hear, hear.

billy: i dunno, nick cave is so much more reckless. & younger? i wouldn't want to make a permanent switch.

JP: i imagine that involved some highly skilled transmutation. how did you manage to squish the vocal range?

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Leo Rapone swam up to say...

Super work performed.

12:37 PM  

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