Sunday, April 27, 2008
Rowan Leaves Laid Around Hole
Rowan leaves laid around hole, made in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, England, is one of Andy Goldsworthy’s most intriguing pieces and my favorite artwork of his. This piece is extremely eye catching because he has found intense brightly colored leaves to use as a medium. Deep red, hot ginger, and golden yellow foliage form a spinning circle that immediately is striking to me. The fact that the color is so well blended also adds to the aesthetic attractiveness of this photograph. This piece as a whole is appealing to me because of the powerful color and fine gradation.
Even though Rowan leaves laid around hole, photographed October 25th, 1987, is one of Goldsworthy’s older works, the themes found in this work can also be found in his more recent work today. There are two specific reoccurring topics that often appear in his work, mortality and repetition. The fact the Goldsworthy’s art is transient gives the viewer the feel of humanity, the idea that the materials have a state of being, certain to die eventually. He also uses repetition to keep the viewer’s eye captivated by moving it around the picture. Repetition and mortality, as themes, have been strongly expressed in all of his productions.