Friday, February 27, 2009

Added to the BBC artists website

I've been added to the BBC website today in the artists section. My write up can be seen here.

This picture is of Andy Goldsworthy's Clougha sculpture which is what started it all off for me. It is up in the hills a few miles from where I live and one day I was exploring the wild moorland where this installation is located. I had no idea it was there and when I stumbled across it I was stunned. I had no clue what it was or why it was there. The inside of each chamber is large enough to stand in and is amazingly well sculpted. I knew very little about land art and just couldn't fathom what it was at all. Added to the fact it really is in the middle of nowhere and a couple of hours walk from a road just added to the mystery.

Over the following days I asked around and someone suggested the name Andy Goldsworthy. I must confess I had never heard of him but I bought one of his books and was instantly hooked. It all snowballed from there to where I am today.

It is a remarkable sculpture with a lot of presence, and in my opinion one of his most striking permanent installations. Yet it is not well known nor advertised anywhere. There a couple of pictures of them being built in his books but no real information about them. It makes me wonder what else he has built that isn't well known. I have visted quite a few of his sculptures as there are quite a few around this area. But this one is my favourite for more reasons than one.


Sarah said...

Ah Richard a comment box, great.
good to get on the BBC website it can only up your profile.
I was thinking about your comment about selling art, what about post cards? there is a french company ( the name escapes me at the mo) that buys photos from artists/photoghraphers to use in greetings cards. they are quite exclusive and very beautiful....
or organise exhibitions so people an see your work..local buisneses may be interested in commissioning you..
I love your leaf boxes and spirals...beautiful

I have followed Andy Goldsworthy's work for some time but never seen any in the flesh, I am sure they are even more absorbing than the books.

Patrice said...

I, too, am please you've added a comment box. I always want to say how good, how exciting it is to look at your pieces. Goldsworthy is a genius. The work sings. You could have no better "mentor" than he.

Congrats on the new blog, the BBC and especially the agreement to build at the new site! I look forward to being quietly stunned.

ArtPropelled said...

I can only imagine how stunned you were stumbling across an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture in the middle of nowhere. Surreal!

EmandaJ said...

Hello Richard,

Congratulations on your recognition by the BBC! Keep up the great work.


Richard Shilling said...

Ooh comments! I didn't think anyone looked at my blog until recently when Robyn/ArtPropelled so kindly did a blog entry about me. Sorry for the delay in replying, I've only just seen now that I have some comments as (despite fiddling around with it) they just don't seem to appear in the front page of my blog.


Thanks for the ideas Sarah. Lots to mull over there. At the moment I think I am going to concentrate on raising my profile, ably assisted, it seems, by you guys, Flickr and the blogger community. And I plan to write to whoever I can think of in the region just to let them know that if they are planning any art projects to please include me. I have an appointment with the local university in a couple of weeks. Will be interesting to see where that leads

Robyn. It was indeed quite surreal to see that sculpture whilst out walking. Much of AG's sculptures, and the stuff I love the most has an other-worldy feeling and this particular sculpture definitely has that. I desperately tried to fathom a practical use for it but just couldn't think of one, leaving me quite perplexed. I am sure many others have stumbled across it and had the same problem. The mystery was great though, and it partly must have instilled in me the love of making things in out of the way places for people to discover. It would be nice, if only a small fraction, if someone felt the same sense of mystery if they came across something of mine. One can dream!

Thanks Patrice. He really is a genius I agree. I have most of his books and everytime I flick through them I am astounded. I have a reasonable insight into how some of his sculptures are constructed but there are still loads of what he has done where I think "my god, how on earth did he do that?" and long may that continue. His art touches people more than any other I know, and any of us that dabble in land art will only ever follow in his considerable wake. One reason why I started to make copies of his work was to actually see something similar in the flesh. Many of my sculptures I don't see as "mine" but my way of seeing something I have seen in a picture made real (while of course knowing that whatt I create will never be as vibrant, striking and alive as an AG). The energy he instills into his creations is phenomenal. Can you tell I am a fan?! ;-)

Thanks Emanda and everyone else for your comments. Much appreciated.