Beyond Mud and Stones
Though the focus is on ephemerality and the “dematerialisation of the art object,” to borrow the terms of Lippard/Chandler, the images and text really do exist. Call them “troublemakers” or call them “dream builders”, they’re all here in the show: Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, Richard Long, Jan Dibbets, Robert Smithson and more. With their outdoor sculptures—often in out-of-the way places—that are gradually altered by the elements: artworks and installations that rely on photographs to put them into context and turn them into legend. What would the “Spiral Jetty” be without the immortal images by Gianfranco Gorgoni, for instance ? Not to mention long-term projects like Michael Heizer’s “City”, the biggest sculpture ever made, begun in 1972 and due to be finished this year, in 2020. The first exhibitions of this art, “Earth Works” and “Earth Art”, date back to the late 1960s, but the theme of nature is more topical than ever; so the catalogues of that era can offer precious new inspiration. Because if there is any movement where documentation is especially vital, it has to be Land Art. This exhibition is the result of the precious collaboration between Loom Gallery and Arengario Studio Bibliografico, Brescia.