Rivers and Tides - Superb
, 02 Oct 2010
An impressive contemporary art documentary film by Thomas Riedelsheimer on the British Land Artist Andy Goldsworthy.
Visually stunning, the film skilfully matches the creative processes, constructions, working methods and results along with excellent explanations from Goldsworthy himself. Thematically based around water using streams, rivers and beaches (and a fair amount coming down from the sky) are balanced superbly with materials and place. Because of the transitory nature of Goldsworthys art, a photographic record is often the only evidence of its fleeting existence. Film, however and this particular film, is the ideal media in which to fully appreciate the before and after process, which frequently add a surprising force to the life of each piece.
Amazing, beautiful, gentle sculptures made of earth, sticks, leaves, stones, created in situ often last only a few moments, making this film the only record, giving an insight into the ephemeral nature of Goldsworthys art and his philosophical attitude to his creative process. Artists explaining their work are often boring, films like this visually enhance explanations and step back when needed. Goldsworthy knows how to explain his approach. This film takes it to another level.
The patience, skill and frustrations of making art, often in unforgiving conditions, come across brilliantly and sometimes painfully. The gentleness and fragility of the art within the various landscapes whether its in hot France, wet Scotland, icy Canada or sunny America matched with sensitivity toward its subject and is a visual feast. Shots of the large scale sculptures whether birds eye views, panning or detailed close ups give a different aspect to the work that most people would miss.
Although the film is slow paced, its over before you know it. An hour and a half well spent, highly recommended if you want to know more about how an artist makes stuff. I would be very surprise if there was anyone who didnt get something positive out of this film.
Artificial Eye disc include extras of short documentary films on seven of Goldsworthy pieces shown in the film with more in depth explanations.
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