Sunday, December 27, 2015

RIVERS AND TIDES: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY'S REFLECTIONS ON TIME




As 2015 draws to a close, here's the beginning of this week's arts and culture column:

"Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time" is a 2001 documentary about an artist who makes “sculptures” out of, among other things, leaves, rocks, sand, sticks, roots and skeins of sheep’s wool, many of which fall in upon themselves, or melt, or are borne away on the incoming tide.

In the opening scene it’s 4 a.m., somewhere on the coast of Nova Scotia, and Goldsworthy is hard at work. He bites off pieces of icicle; shapes them with the heat from his lips and tongue and hands; and connects them, barely breathing, until he’s formed a spiral — a spiral of ice! — to glorify the rays of the rising sun that will melt it.

And in turn the sun glorifies the sculpture, brings it to life, and completes the process of creation. “I didn’t realize it would shine through on both sides!” exclaims Goldsworthy, who is willing to let the vagaries of wind, rain and air both bring his works to fruition and destroy them.


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