Sanatçıların doğal alanlara müdahale ederek gerçekleştirdiği arazi sanatında özellikle toprak, taş, dal ve yaprak gibi doğal malzemelerle pek çok büyüleyici çalışmaya imza atılıyor. Doğal alanlarda yapılan işlerin geçici olması, galericilik düzenine karşı duran sanat pratiklerinden biri olarak arazi sanatının en önemli özelliklerinden biri. Andy Goldsworthy’nin çalışmaları bu anlamda yer verdiğimiz çarpıcı örnekler arasındaydı. Paul Johnson’ın doğadaki malzemelerle kurguladığı stop-motion animasyonların yanı sıra, Güney Afrikalı sanatçı Strijdom van der Merwe de ağaçlar üzerindeki yosun tabakalarını kazıyarak gerçekleştirdiği projesiyle hafızalarımıza kazındı. Richard Shilling de rengarenk yapraklarla yarattığı masalsı yerleştirmeleriyle dikkat çekiyor.
Arazi sanatı, yaprakları toplayıp dizmek kadar basit bir iş değil
İngiliz sanatçı Richard Shilling’in işlerine baktığınızda aklınıza ilk takılan sorulardan biri, yaprakların dağılmadan nasıl bir arada durduğu oluyor. Zannedilenin aksine yapıştırıcı ya da ip kullanmamış. Arazi sanatı işlerine başlamasındaki en önemli etken ise bir gün Andy Goldsworthy’nin taşlardan yaptığı heykellerinden birine rastlaması olmuş. Ardından Goldsworthy’nin A Collaboration with Nature adlı kitabını (fotoğraf albümü) alan Richard Shilling, sanatçının tüm çalışmalarından oldukça etkilenmiş ve kendisi de arazi sanatı işleri yapmaya karar vermiş. Üstelik herhangi bir sanat eğitimi almadığı halde. Bir noktadan sonra kendi özgün tarzını aramaya başlayan Richard Shilling, bu amaçla malzemelerin ruhunu daha iyi kavramak üzere mevsimler ve kullandığı bitkiler hakkında araştırmalar yapmaya başlamış. Dolayısıyla bu iş sanıldığı gibi kolay değil, yaprakları toplayıp dizmekten çok daha karmaşık. Renk paletinizi genişletmek için bitkileri tanımanız gerekiyor. Farklı renklerde yaprakların ne zaman, nerede ve ne kadar süreyle bulunabildiğine hakim olmanız gerekiyor.
Rüya kapanına benzeyen çalışmalarını görür görmez tanıyabileceğiniz Richard Shilling’i, Facebook profili aracılığıyla da takip edebilirsiniz.
This is a party political broadcast on behalf of the Outlaw Sauce Sachets Society Does this really need explaining? On how many levels of wrong are sachets of sauce? Let me write you a list:- – Each sachet has enough sauce to satisfy the requirements of a small mollusc if that mollusc wwas attempting to eat an all day breakfast. At least five are required in all cases (sachets not molluscs) – If your fingers are at all greasy you can't open the bloody things anyway – When you do manage to open the pathetically small sachet a highly skilled sachet operative will still only manege to get half of the contents onto their plate. The other half will remain in the sachet, will get on your fingers or you will wear it in some way – Often there are 900 sachets of vinegar, two of mayo and precisely none of ketchup. Something must be done! Oh hang on, mid campaign we've had a rebrand… This a partly poltical rant on behalf of the legalise carrying your own bottle of sauce into the greasy spoon party. – Greasy cafes, posh and otherwise take note. Once I have paid £5-8 for a fry up you will totally destroy any pleasure I am anticipating if you ask me if I want any sauces and you give me a plastic mouse sized lilo. I'd rather have no sauce at all you total b********! – First they come for your sauce bottles, then what? I'm not being flippant honest 😉 and I am not apathetic but the world is still turning. While photographing this this morning the wood was alive with the glory of life, a dozen warblers ejecting waves of wobbly song and the power and energy of growth kicking the door down to my soul, the breeze teased and the hazy sunshine oscillated between milky and piercing me with warming rays. The air a-buzz with hyped up invertebrates and despite my mind filters only letting in a little of all this inveterate splendour eveything is there in that moment. And I am whole. #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #leafart #sunshine #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #photooftheday #followme #beauty #sun #life #nature
'3 Colour Sun Wheels in the Frost' I spent a year making colourful leaf sculptures to see if autumn colours are available throughout the seasons. This was made in mid-winter, the plants were dormant and it was cold and frosty. This sculpture was the final piece in my project as I discovered that all the colours are available all year round if you know where to look. #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #leafart #sunshine #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #photooftheday #followme #beauty #sun #life #nature
'Aura Leaf' Layers of Erman's Birch and Paper Birch Bark pinned to a Caucasian Oak leaf backlit by the low winter sun. A little explanation of the ephemeral art thing going on here. I think some of the time what appears to be a simple creation has hidden depths in the process of its making. Here for example this looks pretty simple but in fact the hidden aspect to this one in particular is the white fringe surrounding the leaf. That layer of bark is the one and only layer I've ever found that is pure white with the sun shining through it. I have searched and searched many times and never found another like it, it must've been a particular set of circumstances that resulted in it being bleached in a particular way. Every other piece I have found has been yellowy, orange or pink. Unless I resorted to cheating with photoshop which I never do, it is important to me that what you see is authentic and you can feel confident it is, I have not found a way to recreate this. These are some of the fascinations of being a gigging ephemeral nature artist. There is often a bit more going on than a quick look will reveal. Just like turning our senses to Mother Nature herself and this is what this artform is all about. Meanwhile my spell checker is underlining artform. Have I been writing it wrongly all along? #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #leafart #sunshine #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #photooftheday #followme #beauty #sun #life #nature #naturelover #earthlover #motherearth #earth #art #earthart #earthwork #heartwork #environmentalart #sustainableart #artinnature
'Heard through the Grapevine' made for Rachana Land Art Festival, Lebanon Part 4 I called it 'Heard through the Grapevine', I was asked to make something that would be seen quite easily by the guests, I wouldn't normally pick a road to build it upon but it is what they wanted. First task that week was to work out how to make string and then practice with it and see whether it would be strong enough and survive the heat of the day. I made several rings and hung them up in a tree and after trying to use grapevine bark for the string. It dried to tough leather like strands. This was going to work. As I explored the material all week my understanding of it grew and I got better at using it and was interested by the diverse colours it displayed: mauves, lime-greens and pale cream that all remained as the sun swallowed up the moisture. It was only after it was done that I noticed the grapevine hanging adjacent to it on the wall and how I was kinda channelling its natural look and feel. I hadn't harvested any vines from that plant but got them elsewhere, nor intended consciously to make such a design and yet days of communing with it as a material had manifested an image in my unconscious mind to where my hands unknowingly created a vision of the plant itself. I added little details from the nature that surrounded me, bean like translucent seed pods, giant banana leaves cut into circles, a box made from fig leaves, strange and interesting flowers and the most wonderfully smelling mini limes joined into a benzene ring itself in another to finish off another section. This was real ephemeral nature art brought out of its wild location and shown to the public, not something that is easy to do but something that I am passionate about and I was proud to have shown it to this new country and hopeful that it is just the beginning for this new way of things. Both for me and for them too. @rachana_village #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #leafart #sunshine #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #photooftheday #followme #beauty #sun #life #nature #rachana #lebanon #festival #2017
'Dandelion Sun' From my blog April 2011:- I remember the day, a couple of weeks ago, when I saw the first Dandelions of spring. On a half hour run I saw four and knew within a few days they would be everywhere. I collected all of these in a 100 metre radius and only picked a small proportion of what was there. They are so bright and ubiquitous that I just have to make something with them at this time of year, despite the fact that it will take weeks now, to remove the stains from my hands. It is so warm today it feels like mid summer, I don't recollect such balmy temperatures in April. But I do remember early spring colds and I have one now and feel pretty bushed from todays endeavours. There is already so much life growing everywhere, even though there are hardly any leaves on the trees. When the weather is like this, sunny and warm, you think it'll last forever. But when the rain and wind return, as inevitably they will, I'll remember how damn cold it can be in April and think back to the warmth while I made this Dandelion Sun. A lemsip and early to bed, with the hope that tomorrow is also a sunshine filled day. #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #flower #dandelion #spring #sunshine #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #photooftheday #followme #beauty #sun #life #nature
I had a SocialMediaEctomy back in October but since then I've found a donor and have had an Instagram Transplant. So here I am again. This is an Autumn Chroma Wheel with a myriad of different leaf slivers inserted into a Sino-Grande Rhododendron leaf. Made near Birk Bank, on the side of Clougha near Lancaster UK. #landart #ephemeral #leaf #nature #art sculpture #sun #beautiful #richardshilling #nofilter #didntusesellotape #orglue #ornails
'Heard through the Grapevine' made for Rachana Land Art Festival, Lebanon Part 2 I talked to a few visitors about my sculpture before trudging off to visit all of the different installations and their creators just as the event started. Our little village Shangri-La was about to be transformed into a high security political arena as the arrival of the real VIP guestswas to begin: the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for the dept. of 'Richard forgets the name' and 46 (yes count them diplomacy fans) foreign ambassadors. At precisely 6.30pm the setting sun would hit the outer end of my sculpture and drift across it for another 20 minutes until it reached the wall, lighting up each section in turn. It was then that I wanted to see it so I needed to get all the shmoozing packed in before then. This is when everything got really weird, soldiers armed with M16s and Kalashnikovs were stationed all around the village, secret service guys with ear pieces and dark glasses like those be-suited assassins from the Matrix lurked about before ranks and rows of blacked out jeeps, red and blue lights hidden in their grilles and blacked out windows, descended on the place. Here was little old me in shorts, a sodden t-shirt and a salt uncrusted cap darting from place to place chatting with everyone while the political cogniscenti infested the area, at strategic points I would be stopped and introduced to someone: the American ambassador from Texas, the Bangladeshi amabassador looking bored and hot in a suit and many more. I chuckled to myself as I could only keep repeating in my head 'here at the unveiling is Richard Shilling's new installation entitled "shaking the hands of 46 ambassadors while sticky, sweaty and hot"' Continued in part 3… @rachana_village #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #leafart #sunshine #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #followme #beauty #sun #life #nature #rachana #lebanon #festival #2017
'Icicle Section Circle' All these pictures of colour, leaves and sunlight are not very reflective of how it is in here in the middle of January. It's cold, windy and grey! Here's a circle of icicle sections, I made, freezing them together with spit and snow. #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #ice #cold #winter #icicle #snow #shadow #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #photooftheday #followme #beauty #life #nature #naturelover #earthlover #motherearth #earth #art #earthart #earthwork #heartwork #environmentalart #sustainableart #artinnature
Final day of the festival today, last chance to complete sculptures, add final details before the closing ceremony between 4-8pm this evening where VIP's and people from all over Lebanon will visit to see the final work. My sculpture is positioned along the road that everyone will walk along to go and see the installations in the valley where the sun sets directly behind it between 6.30 and 7.30pm. I have added and will add more ephemeral details to it today and as the sun sets the light travels from the outer edge to the inner edge and wall lighting up each section before finally sinking below the trees at around 7.30. Hopefully it'll be magical, can't wait to see it along with the final reveal of the ambitious leaf sculpture also that will be lit by the sun at the same time. So here's some detail shots of the work before the final show. Let's go! #landart #naturalart #ephemeralart #leafart #sunshine #richardshilling #art #nofilter #beautiful #photooftheday #followme #beauty #sun #life #nature #rachana #festival #usek #ndu #lau #alba
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