Feb 202016
 

Earthworks

Two days ago we visited two ginormous earthwork projects. I love seeing art in unassuming places without the hype and glory of the museum/gallery setting. Somehow, this lets me respond to things in a more personal and direct way.

In both of these, it was thrilling to see how we (the group of residents) responded with childlike glee and playfulness to the pieces.

1- Tree Mountain by Agnes Denes [http://www.strataproject.org/agnes-denes.html]

A difficult piece to photograph because of its scale. So I am adding a satellite view from Google earth for some perspective; click on it to see a larger view (its worth the trouble).

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes - Google View

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Google View

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes - Pierre view

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view


What is most striking to me, as with many Earthworks, is that both these projects are about reclamation. The idea of the land reclaiming sites used for commercial or industrial purposes, over time, much much time. These works are interventions that bring the human scale into this process, not destructively but in some kind of balance with natural processes. Ultimately, the work is about optimism and a firm belief that the marks that humans leave on this planet will change, the Earth will persist despite human ignorance.


 

2- Up and Under/Yltä ja Alta by Nancy Holt [http://www.strataproject.org/nancy-holt.html]

A piece that was absolute joy to photograph, the possibilities were endless. We played and we played; an excellent field trip.

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt - Google Earth view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Google Earth view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

I will let the work do all the talking today, it is worth listening to it.

Feb 162016
 

And the artists gathered for the ritual burning of the construction waste.

soft fire

soft fire

The sky at 21:00 in Finland is almost identical to the sky at 05:00 in Corner Brook.

ritual

ritual

Cider wisdom: “smile like you mean it” – inside cap of cider bottle.

yellow fire

yellow fire

 

embers + fire

embers + fire

May 172014
 

And of course when in Scotland in 02013, there was a moment for a pilgrimage to Islay.  It was a yummy treat, and we got a good story from our chauffeur as well as a dram of a very special batch of Laphroag…. any more details and I might cause an incident of international proportions. Best to hold the single malt secrets close.

 

Laguvaulin in a sphere

Laguvaulin in a sphere

 

Laguvaulin Distillery - 02013

Laguvaulin Distillery – 02013

line

Port Ellen as a wrap around screen

Port Ellen as a wrap around screen

 

Port Ellen, Malting capital - 02013

Port Ellen, Malting capital – 02013