Sunday, July 7, 2013

Andy Goldsworthy's "Storm King Wall"

So much art exhibited in galleries and museums across the globe asserts the individual and the power of the ego.  I think this is a good thing considering that our everyday lives in society cannot always accommodate the individual's eccentric and sacred self expression.  But in the art world where the status quo is exactly that, it is rare to find art that transcends the individual consciousness and touches upon something greater... more graceful and meditative than the self.  Andy Goldsworthy is one such artist of this type among others like James Turrell, who is now showing at the Guggenheim.

Andy Goldsworthy's "Storm King Wall" and "Five Men, Seventeen Days, Fifteen Boulders, One Wall" at Storm King is a masterpiece.  Being outside viewing art seems so natural... and when you're out there in the midst of it all it feels like the obvious context for experiencing it... I think it's interesting we've become so accustomed to looking at art in white walled cubes that outdoors seems like a treat.  He has two wall pieces there that were constructed 10 years apart from one another.  I'm not sure if they connect, but the both of them together dodge trees, boulders, go up and down hills, into bodies of water, across flat ground, and end at a highway.  I fell in love with this simple and yet very complex take of his on the traditional stone walls that you find up and down the Hudson River Valley region.  It's interesting that for every natural feature it dodges or crosses or scales it gives life and recognition to those features that you might otherwise be only slightly aware of.  If you're in NYC take a trip up river and experience this fabulous park and work of art.

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