Saturday, November 16, 2013

Snow away

The snow lasted less than 24 hours but beautiful flowers did not pop out immediately.  The new header flower (is it a columbine? I don't now wild flowers by names.) was on Wheeler Mountain in New Mexico. It's lovely to remember warm and wonderful days -- even hot ones -- during our vacation, just when the weather here is turning from that lovely period I call "sweater weather" to days when a serious jacket is needed and maybe gloves as well.

Yesterdays documentary film was Time and Tides, one of, I think, three documentary films made about the Scottish environmental artist Andy Goldswothy  It was a quiet, meditative film with nonintrusive music showing the artist who works with only natural materials (rocks, water, ice, sticks) and uses only his hands to create-- although for some large commissions like a stone wall at Stone King Art Park in New York many stone masons did the actual building -- but used no mortar. Goldsworthy is a  patient, extremely inventive, and often playful man; many of his creations disappear rapidly -- ice constructions may melt in hours, sand constructions are washed away by the tide. But the stone walks and stone shapes like the conical one in the photo might last many, many years. The movie was not didactic about the environment--more a tribute to all the natural elements -- everything was fodder for his imagination.  Repeatedly we saw serpentine structures - the wall at Storm King winds sinuously (yes, a stone wall can be sinuous) among a stand of trees. He often drew sinuous designs or made them out of stones or sand.  Nearly all his work has natural grace and elegance.  It was a beautiful film.


barbara cecelia said...

Thanks for sharing Andy Goldswothy and his works made with natural materials. The conical stonework is so simple yet beautiful. Its form reminds me of native American basketry.

Good review of the film. Sure would like to know where your instructor finds all these wonderful documentaries, -- barbara

June Calender said...

Barbara, she is a totally consumed with documentaries and independent films, so makes a point to know what's happening in that area. She mostly gets the actual videos from the local library system; like most statewide libraries they will get items that may be in a different library. I imagine the library in Vancouver WA belongs to such a system and could probably get most of the same documentaries. Seems to me a better way to spend an evening than watching Downton Abbey, not that I'm implying you watch that TV show.