Art Nature Dialogues: Interviews With Environmental Artists by John K. Grande

By John K. Grande

Paintings Nature Dialogues deals interviews with artists operating with, in, and round nature and the surroundings. The interviews discover paintings practices, ecological matters, and values as they pertain to the siting of works, using fabrics, and the ethics of artmaking. John okay. Grande comprises interviews with Hamish Fulton, David Nash, Bob Verschueren, herman de vries, Alan Sonfist, Nils-Udo, Michael Singer, Patrick Dougherty, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and others.

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DN That is what made me decide I wanted to live in the space where I worked. I don’t like to think of Capel Rhiw, my home in Wales, as a copy of Brancusi. If anything, it is like a magnification of that experience. JG Do some of your works have a practical element, or build a functionality into the sculpture? DN Yes. Various people around the world have wooden toilet roll holders built into their bathrooms and I have made handrails out of a branch for people to hold. Black through Green (1993), conceived for the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St.

A landscape picture is a portrait. We don’t want that. We want to be in the land. 13 2 YARDWORKING Patrick Dougherty North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty’s freeform assemblages woven together out of tree branches are visual enigmas embodied by the artist with a fanciful, fairytale quality. Internationally recognized for the outdoor installations he has made in parks, galleries, gardens, and museum spaces in Japan, Europe, and North America, Patrick Dougherty exploits the supple tension, elasticity, tonal and textural qualities of the wood he works with.

JG I do believe that a distinction should be made between earth-sensitive art of this era and most land art of the 1960s and 1970s. DN Its a generational thing. I think Andy Goldsworthy and I, and Richard Long, and most of the British artists’ collectives associated with land art would have been landscape painters a hundred years ago. But we don’t want to make portraits of the landscape. A landscape picture is a portrait. We don’t want that. We want to be in the land. 13 2 YARDWORKING Patrick Dougherty North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty’s freeform assemblages woven together out of tree branches are visual enigmas embodied by the artist with a fanciful, fairytale quality.

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