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(Q1) The Wall at Storm King, Andy Goldsworthy, 1997-8

“Searching out lines that already exist interest me more than imposing new ones…the intention is not just to make a line, but to draw the change, movement, growth and decay that flows through a place…” ~ Andy Goldsworthy

(a) Use the quote given above to describe and analyze Andy Goldsworthy’s work at Storm King. Discuss in relation to another named work by And Goldsworthy that operates in a similar way.

The wall at Storm King depicts a stone wall which is built out of stones lying on top of each other. The wall formed is a very rounded and curly one, and its path is dictated by the position of the trees in Storm King. The wall intervenes in between the trees, going round about each one, such that it resembles a snake. The piece is also made entirely by stacking stones, and there was no use of other materials except those that can be found in nature. This work’s form and shape was dictated by the natural landscape, by ‘line that already exist’ , and Goldsworthy did not ‘impose new ones’ but merely observed what was provided by he landscape, and let nature be his inspiration. His works are very much in harmony in nature; they are very non-intrusive and non-destructive. Another example is his ‘Stick Hole’, where he piled sticks on top of each other, such that they formed a round structure with a hold in the centre. This other piece is also an example of
Goldsworthy taking inspiration from nature, and deciding the form and shape of his structure based on the landscape. Stick Hole was placed on a river, such that it would resemble a water ripple. The piece was also made entirely of piling, and adds to the natural landscape. The contours of both works are very round, in relation to the environment. Goldsworthy observes the lines in the natural landscape and he will add to the landscape, by placing new lines that help to emphasize the contours of the landscape.

Another way that Goldsworthy draws the ‘change, movement, growth and decay that flow through a place’ is because of the ephemeral characteristics of his works. Because he does not use artificial materials and observes a very painstaking and time consuming way of making sculpture, his sculpture usually do not last for very long. The only way they are preserved is through the photographs he takes of his works. Just like how life will come followed by death, and then decay in nature. Goldsworthy’s works also follows these processes. For instance, stick hole which was placed on top of a river, was slowly carried away by the currents, and ended up being slowly disintegrated by waves, turning into random floating sticks. The works illustrates the long process of ‘change, movement, growth, and decay’ in a few minutes> The stack of sticks Goldsworthy found and compiles, illustrated the movement of the river waves and ripples; it was slowly disintegrated to return to the river as random floating sticks where each stick will continue towards the process they were meant to undergo, which is decay. The wall at Strom King is also an ephemeral piece because the rocks can easily be shifted by wind or humans, and it will also eventually end up as random pieces of rocks on the ground. For the brief year which it was displayed, the wall’s rounded contour resembled that of a snake, imitating movement amongst a forest of still trees. The process of compilation and then disintegration Goldsworthy illustrates are all completely in harmony with nature.

Q2) Labyrinth, Dede Eri Supria, 1987-8

Oil on canvas, 210 cm by 230 cm

Temple of the Mind, Montein Boonma, 1995

Herbal medicine, wood, brass, 320cm by 270 cm

(a) Describe the painting style of Labyrinth by Dede Eri Supria
(b) What kind of symbol and material does Montien Boonma uses from and why?
(c) Discuss the spaces constructed in Labyrinth and Temple of the Mind: analyze the     key differences between the two artists’ personal reflections of the world within their works.

2a) Labyrinth by Dede Eri Supria has a super photo realistic painting style. The subject matter in it – the cardboard boxes, paint tubes, scaffolding poles and the human figure are all portrayed very realistically. they all appear as they would in reality. the lighting
and shadows used are also very logically placed, and so are the colours of each object. His brushstrokes are very fine and well-blended such that the image is very sharp and has no blur boundaries. There is a strong sense of perspective created by the many horizontal boundaries and vertical lines that converge towards the background of the painting. Dede’s paintings are extremely realistic and could be passed off as a photograph except for the fact that the subject matter are placed in very odd situations. It resembles the surrealist style, where the painting appear dreamlike because of distortion of subject matter. The Labyrinth creates the illusion of a very vast space, and which is filled with carboard packaging which is impossible to find in reality. Also, the image of giant paint tubes, exploding paint onto the ground is an example of distortion of size of an object, which adds to the surrealist feel.

(b) Montien Boonma is a very devout, religious Buddhist whom has suffered many grievances in his life. His wife died from breast cancer, and he himself died of brain tumor and has lung cancer six years later. It was these unfortunate events that caused him to be very interested in the healing processes of Buddhism. He treats Buddhism as a way of dealing and treating his sadness, and he uses art to question his belief in Buddhism. Symbols and material he commonly uses are Buddhist motifs, such as the Buddhist temple. The Buddhist temple is a place of contemplation, and he integrates the shape of the Buddhist temple into sculptures, such as in ‘Temple of the Mind’. He also uses spices and herbs, which are said to be of healing properties. These herbs appeal to the viewer’s sense of smell and help to immerse in a space of healing. Bells are another Buddhist motif and he uses them as an appeal to the audience’s sense of sound. Montien Boonma has found the sound of bells to be very calming and placing them in his works calms the audience as well> Clay and Earth are also mediums he uses because of the Buddhist belief that Man and Nature should be in harmony. Using Earth is Montien’s way of integrating Nature into his works.

(c) The space constructed in Labyrinth is a very vast enormous landscape, where the ends of the landscape can not be seen. The space is also very messy, complicated because of the Labyrinth which fills a mojorityu of the canvas. Humans will have a sense of insecurity and fear when viewing his, because of the lone figure portrayed in the bottom right> he takes up very little space, and it appears as if he is very small and insignificant in such a large landscape. The bird’s eye view of the landscape also creates a sense of vastiness and power of overlooking the earth.

The space constructed in ‘Temple of the Mind’ is a very small, crowded enclosed space. The structure is built in the shape of a temple. And it is quite tall. The audience who steps into the structure will feel a sense of security and calmness, because the walls help provide the feeling of protection. The herbal medicine used will also appeal to the viewer’s sense of smell, providing a calming effect for the viewer. The small space created was intended as a space where viewers can go in, and contemplate in peace.

Dede grew up in Jakarta, facing scenes of dirt, urbanization, modernization and these became his areas of concern in most of his paintings. Dede’s portrayal of modernization is usually negative, making scenes of construction seem very big and powerful, while the lone human figure appear as a helpless and vulnerable creature when lying in the fetal position. The viewer can feel his disapproval and strong sense of dissentient against urbanization. The scenes portrayed are usually very dramatic and surreal, such that the painter’s opinion is very strongly conveyed. The contrast in the sense of power and vulnerability creates a rush of emotion in the viewer.

Montien Boonma on the other hand, takes a very peaceful and low-key approach. Although he has faced with many devastating events in his life, his works are not biased, The artist does not use personal judgement or opinion in his works. What he offers on the other hand is a contemplative space for viewers to seek their own opinions. There is a sense of peace and hope in his art works, in contrast to dede’s. Dede’s works are often powerful and striking, whereas Montien Boonma’s works suggest a solution to problems, instead of plain disagreement against an issue. This is due to his strong Buddhist religion, helping him find peace.

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