The second nature artist featured in Forest, Field and Sky: Art out of Nature was Andy Goldsworthy in Cumbria. Goldsworthy creates artistic dry stone walls in his spare time from working as a sheep farmer.
Nature Art: Dry Stone Walling
The first dry stone walls featured were still in use: impressive long walls with artistic features included. They included great greenYgreyness combining grey stone in green fields with sunshine adding the Y(ellow).
However, it was the building of a dry stone wall into the hollow of a dead oak tree that captured the true beauty of greenYgrey art in the British countryside: combining classic greenygrey stones and trees.
More Time, Greater Art
I had completed the blog post and was ready to publish, thinking I’d spent enough time on it, for I don’t know how appreciated it is, and don’t think it has any financial value. It is always nice to receive views and likes, but there are many blogs that receive more for less.
While the first and third images capture the melting of greenygrey into one another, like natural ancient lovers so comfortable with one another, I write to the tone of Fox’s eloquent narration and background music, which is like art itself, it was the second image that really interested me.
The second image has two halves contrasting each other, with Goldsworthy and four trees on one side, and just a Y shaped greenygrey tree in the other, with the near side mostly green and the far side mostly grey.
While the tree wall looked great as high as it was, it didn’t reach the heights of Goldsworthy’s ambition. He tried it twice, with a few months between the attempts, but didn’t quite achieve his ultimate aim.
The art was only meant as an ephemeral fleeting work; just a little human cultural construction nestled within the big beauty of nature.
Although Goldsworthy wasn’t happy with his tree wall, it made it onto the BBC, and now, perhaps more impressively, because of its exclusivity, it has become a greenYgrey3 readYmade.
2017: Art’s Year of the greenYgrey readYmade
When I published my first book, a memoir of my first travel adventure around Europe emulating my travel writing hero Jack Kerouac, with more than a hint of self-parody I declared myself Living History.
Now, a decade of greenYgrey art later, I upgrade my self-parody and myself to Living Art History.
Marcel Duchamp Fountain Anniversary
In 1917 Marcel Duchamp created his most famous readymade: a toilet turned into fountain. In 2004 it was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 selected British art world professionals.
Next year is the century anniversary. Has the idea of a greenYgrey readYmade been sent by the muse to commemorate it? And will a greenYgrey readYmade be the most influential artwork of the twenty-first century?
Ed Balls and Honey G are out of Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor in the U.K., but the people’s doctor is still in the running for my neverending fantasy reality show…
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