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Holding Up A Mirror
Transcript of Holding Up A Mirror
A Sculptural Reflection of Time and Place
Andy Goldsworthy, OBE is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who produces ephemeral, site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.
The incredible blending of man's perception and nature's path is evident in the brilliant craftsmanship of Goldsworthy's work.
The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy's art often include brightly colored flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, "I think it's incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole."
Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing. For his ephemeral works, Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials; however, for his permanent he has also employed the use of machine tools.
Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations. Besides England and Scotland, his work has been created at the North Pole, in Japan, the Australian Outback, in the U.S. and many others.
Goldsworthy is reserved about hindering the course of nature or disturbing nature in any extreme way when he creates his artworks, he has said: "There are occasions when I have moved boulders, but I'm reluctant to, especially ones that have been rooted in a place for many years," he says, noting that when he must do so, he looks "for ones on the edge of a field that had been pulled out of the ground by farming. The struggle of agriculture, of getting nourishment from the earth, becomes part of the story of the boulder and of my work."
Goldsworthy’s works reflect the location, climate and season of the areas he creates them.
He creates many pieces that are inspired by a connection to nature and the ever growing need for the human race to integrate with nature and see and embrace its true beauty.
In a time where the world is on a path that causes the destruction of natural environments and a world where many are naive to the impacts of their decisions on the natural beauty of the earth, Goldsworthy creates stunning artworks that showcase the beauty of the natural world and bring the importance and serenity of nature to the forefront of people’s minds.
Andy Goldsworthy’s creations have raised distinct levels of awareness in the public eye and have evoked much change in art communities. The Smithsonian listed him in a series of ’35 People Who Changed The World’.
After viewing Goldsworthy's work, do you feel a sense of respect and wonder for the natural world?
Please Move to The Next Room to View the Works of Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder was an American sculptor best known as the originator of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents.
The Cirque Calder can be seen as the start of Calder's interest in both wire sculpture and kinetic art. He designed some of the characters in the circus to perform suspended from a thread. It was the mixture of his experiments to develop purely abstract sculpture that led to his first truly kinetic sculptures, manipulated by means of cranks and pulleys, that would become his signature artworks.
By the end of 1931, he moved on to more delicate sculptures which derived their motion from the air currents in the room, using cutout shapes symbolising the natural form of birds, fish and falling leaves. During World War II, he continued to sculpt, but a scarcity of metal led to him again producing work in carved wood. Calder set about creating new works out of this new material.
Once the war was over, Calder began to cut shapes from sheet metal into evocative forms and would hand-paint them in black, red, blue, and white. In 1951, Calder devised a new kind of mobile/stabile combination, related structurally to his constellations. These "towers," affixed to the wall with a nail, consist of wire struts and beams that jut out from the wall, with moving objects suspended from their armatures.
Alexander Calder has lived through many great events that impacted his life and his artwork. In his earliest works, at the time of the glory day of circus, he uses bright colours and caricatured figures to represent the eccentric period in time.
As Calder began to explore as an artist, his small circus figures grew into large and bewildering mobiles that used kinetic energy to power them. This was an exploration into art that had never been attempted before, in a time where science was starting to take power over religion.
When the war struck, Calder's preferred materials became unavailable, so like any other person in wartime, he adapted and made his artworks out of carved wood. These wooden sculptures are very reflective of war and many of them depict and symbolise events on the battle field and the idea of war.
When the war ended and Calder could use his favourite materials again, he saw this as an opportunity to grow his skill and try something new in his artmaking. He used bold, block coulours and slightly more intricate detail than he had ever used before. His artworks became more complex and he and the world around him did.
Alexander Calder's art is known worldwide and loved by many. Wether it's the bright colours, the innovation of his designs or the fact that his artwork is so relatable, Calder is an artist that will be remembered for a long, long time.
Chris Knight, a journalist who wrote a piece on the versatility and relatability of Calder's work said: "Even people who don't know art know Alexander Calder's art."
This goes to show how much of a well recieved artist he is and how loved he is by many, universally.
Please Move to The Next Room to View the Works of Ancient Egypt
The people of Ancient Egypt took great pride in their sculptures as they were a mark of respect to the dead and also their main form of communication and storytelling.
Most Ancient Egyptian sculptures were carved and then decorated and embellished. Some were made out of wood, others rock, marble and other stone. The works are intricately made and have such miniscule, fine and elegant detailing.
The Ancient Egyptian sculptors were always sought after and admired for their meticulous work and detailing. Many sculptors and artists had to etch tiny and extremely intricate detailing onto their artworks and they had to be extremely accurate.
The sculptures that were made in Ancient Egypt were more often than not, commemorative or a memorial. The tombs of the Pharaohs and other Egyptians tombs are lined with delicate and exquisite sculpture. It was a sign of respect to the dead and a beautiful sculpture with significance to them would carry them into the afterlife.
These sculptures were also the main form of storytelling and used to teach younger generations of the Egyptian culture and also to keep records.
Many art critics and historians alike have said that to understand Ancient Egyptian art you have to view it from the perspective of the Ancient Egyptians. This form of interpretation is what makes this form of art so popular. People all around the world visit museums and galleries, like this one, to view and cherish this ancient art.
We sincerely hope you have enjoyed today's exhibition:
''Holding Up A Mirror''
Please feel free to fill out the feedback sheet and place it to the box on the left of the exit.
Welcome to our Exhibition.
Today we will take you on a journey back through time and see how sculpture can be a reflection of time and place.
Please follow this virtual guide as you continue through the exhibition.