A Whole Lotta Links: ART

| October 19, 2015

There’s always so much we want to talk about for each content theme, but a month never seems long enough. So, we’ve decided to share our meanderings – the people, places, and things we’d love to write about but haven’t had the chance to in our new monthly feature called A Whole Lotta Links (named for obvious reasons). Sit back, grab a cuppa and delve into this smorgasbord of arty and planty link love!

PEOPLE

Andy Goldsworthy. The ultimate land artist. Check out a digital catalogue of his work here.

Sydney artist Alexander McKenzie paints the most sublime landscapes. He’s having an exhibition at Martin Brown Contemporary, opening on the 5th of November. Find out more here.

Janet Laurence is an artist whose practice examines the interconnectedness of all life, addressing our relationship with the natural world through site specific and gallery works.

Christo and Jean Claude. The pair are famous for wrapping things like landscapes, trees, buildings, and bridges. When wrapped, the objects take on a completely new meaning, and we’re forced to question the way we see them. Someone once said to me that art is all about learning to see, and Christo & Jean Claude highlight this like few others. From their website:

‘Once wrapped, the objects would take on a new identity. By wrapping them, he (Christo) would reveal some of the most basic features and proportions of the object by concealing the actual item’.

Martha Schwartz is an American landscape architect and artist who operates at the intersection of art, architecture, and urbanism. Her work, like the Whitehead Institute Garden, made completely of plastic plants, often challenges the very idea of what a garden actually is.

PLACES

Inhotim, Brazil. Conceived in the mid 1980’s, Inhotim displays one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the world within the very beautiful surrounds of a huge botanic garden. The art collection is displayed in a series of pavilions set within the landscape, so the viewing experience is as much about the space, and the journey, as the individual artworks.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Charles Jencks, an architecture theorist, landscape architect and designer, is on my list of gardens to visit before I compost. It’s a garden like no other, and an artwork – attempting to explore the cosmic evolution of the contemporary world through a landscape.

Jencks explains his work on his website by saying: ‘To see the world in a Grain of Sand, the poetic insight of William Blake, is to find relationships between the big and small, science and spirituality, the universe and the landscape. This cosmic setting provides the narrative for my content-driven work, the writing and design. I explore metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, parallels that root us personally in the cosmos as firmly as a plant, even while our mind escapes this home.’

Visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art Gardens and Sculpture Park for a local dose of art in the landscape.

EXPLORE

Learn more about land art, thanks to the Tate.

How did the floral emblems of Australia come about? Who discovered them first and why did they become emblems? Find out here.

Explore more on the idea of gardens as art in the book ‘A Philosophy of Gardens’ by David E Cooper.

See botanical illustrations from Captain Cook and Joseph Banks’s Endeavour journey to Australia here

WATCH

Finish your botanical meanderings with this gorgeous video about Ian Hamilton Findlay’s Little Sparta garden, its creation, and the relationship between poetry, art and the landscape. It’s lovely.

PS. slider image is of Inhotim in Brazil sourced from Wikipedia Commons.


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