Opening: Thursday May 4, 6 - 8 p.m.
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In conjunction with his solo exhibition at the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, the British artist Andy Goldsworthy will create two new site–specific installations at Galerie Lelong: a clay wall and a rush line drawing.
Though the delicate drawing and the massive wall of cracking clay seem to be counterpoints, they unite the artist’s interest in nature and the effect of time on matter. The rush line drawing is composed of individual reeds woven together across the gallery space. As it circles the walls and ceiling, this drawing calls to mind Goldsworthy’s previous line works, including The wall that went for a walk (1998-99), a serpentine dry wall, he created at Storm King Art Center.
The clay wall, which will be the exhibition’s highlight, is made of raw clay extracted from Storm King property. Built following a technique used in his native Britain, the clay wall will echo the ephemeral clay floor on view at Storm King. During the exhibition, the clay will slowly change, crack, and disintegrate, illustrating physically nature’s temporality, and the effect of time upon nature, as well as the human presence of the hand.
As Kenneth Baker wrote in the forthcoming monograph Wall (Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2000) "Goldsworthy's ephemeral works attempt to resensitize us to a resourceful vision of natural forms of the kind that our ancestors often depended upon for survival. Perhaps that sensitivity can now be reawakened only as a aesthetic perception. (...) the way of seeing encouraged by the ephemeral works (...) can show us as Goldsworthy once said, how to 'see history even in a heap of stones."
Born in 1956 in Cheshire, England, Andy Goldsworthy has been making and exhibiting sculpture internationally since the 1970's. Recent museum shows include SITE Santa Fe (2000), The Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell Univeristy (2000) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal (1998). He will have a solo show opening at the Barbican, London in June 2000 and the Des Moines Art Center is organizing a tri-part exhibition for January 2001.
Concurrent exhibition: Andy Goldsworthy at Storm King Art Center (May 22 – November 15, 2000). A landmark show organized around his largest permanent outdoor work, The wall that went for a walk (Storm King wall). Photographs of his ephemeral works done at Storm King Art Center from 1997-1999 will be on view.
Goldsworthy will participate in a dialogue with the curator Rob Storr at the 92nd Street Y on May 11th at 8:15 P.M.
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