28. October - 30. November 2016


Thomas Rappaport, 'Global Raft – melting sculptures', 2009 - 2015
Robert Smithson, 'Spiral Jetty', April 2005
Agnes Denes, 'Wheatfield a Confrontation', Battery Park landfill, Manhattan, Summer 1982
Nils-Udo, Crack in Lava, 'Laternes', La Reunion 1998
Ephemeral sculpture made from leaves

Sculpting Nature

After their XIV International Forum on land art and sculptures in nature, the non-profit art organisation Sculpture network organizes another event dealing with nature as material for sculptures. Sculpture network aims to support, encourage and promote contemporary sculpture art. In their annual, comprehensive International Forum that took place from 29 September to 1 October in Antwerp, they already focused on the land art theme, with lectures and talks about the relation between art and nature.

Now, sculpture network also deals with the topics of Land Art, Eco Art and Bio Art, environmental art and art in nature in a year long series of dialogues. Under the motto 'Nature as Material for Sculpture', renowned curators and experts explore the concept of nature and discuss strategies for thinking about its relationship to sculpture in experts talks, discussions and curated visits throughout Europe at multiple venues during 2016. 

Land Art is a wider conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The term Land art was coined by the American artist Robert Smithson. He was one of the first to explore the relationship of a piece of art to its environment, creating so-called 'earthworks' with natural materials. His most famous earthwork is the large-scale artwork ‘Spiral Jetty’. The site-specific sculpture extends into the Great Salt Lake in Utah and is constructed from rocks, earth, and salt. The 2015 movie 'Troublemakers' unearths the history of land art and explores the works of artist that seeked to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Cold War anxieties and other political uncertainties of the nuclear age.

In contrast with early Land Artists, which often worked the environment with heavy machinery to create their sculptures, Bio or Eco Art aims to create ecological awareness by fusing human creativity and natural surroundings. Already in 1965, Alan Sonfist reclaimed a place for nature in the stone desert of New York with his project 'Time Landscape', followed by Agnes Denes who planted a wheat field near Manhattan. Today, many artists like Andy Goldsworthy and Dietmar Voorwold embrace this inheritance in their ephemeral sculptures made entirely from natural materials.

The next event of the European Dialogue Serie 2016 takes place at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury on October 28, 2016, from 18 - 20:30pm. Sculpture network invites everyone interested to engage in expert talks and round table discussion. You can find the  time table of the Dialogue Series here.



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