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Enclosure by Andy Goldsworthy


by Andy Goldsworthy

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Enclosure is the latest book collection of Andy Goldsworthy's work. Goldsworthy is an ephemeral artist, who works with items in nature, such as rocks, leaves, snow, and even the rain as it falls on the ground.

While Enclosure repeats some of the work that can be found in Goldsworthy's other book, Arch, Enclosure gives more details and insight into how Andy Goldsworthy plans his works and executes his sculptures. Enclosure focuses primarily on Goldsworthy's project to recreate sheepfolds in Northwest England. Not only did Goldsworthy rebuild many of these folds so that they could fulfill their intended purpose, but he also took into account the history of the land and its people in his shape and design. Throughout the book is a diary account that gives great insight into the thought process of the artist at work and the planning of this monumental sculpture.

Enclosure typifies Goldsworthy's books showcasing his thought process, sketches, and photographs of his work in process. It is a great addition to any fan of Andy Goldsworthy or of ephemeral art.
  zzshupinga | May 1, 2011 |
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Since 1995, Andy Goldsworthy has created a series of artworks in Northwest England in sheepfolds: stone enclosures found across the countryside that have been used for assembling, sheltering, and washing sheep for hundreds of years. After working on and off for more than a decade, he completed thirty-five folds, often rebuilding them in the process; many of them can now once again serve their intended purpose. These form the core of Enclosure: they reflect Goldsworthy’s lifelong interest in the land, its history, and the people who work on it. They are accompanied by a rich collection of ephemeral work related in various ways to sheep, including a spectacular series of large sheep paintings—paintings made by the hoof-prints of sheep.

Enclosure, which joins the sublime tradition of the art and literature of the landscape of the British Isles, is an exciting addition to the series of eight bestselling books that Goldsworthy has already produced for Abrams.

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"In the early 1990s Andy Goldsworthy was invited to propose a project for Cumbria, a region of outstanding natural beauty where the landscape has been moulded for centuries by agriculture and in particular by sheep-farming. His response was to repair or rebuild a swathe of Cumbrian sheepfolds - stone enclosures used for assembling, sheltering and washing sheep - reconstructing them to incorporate or contain artworks with the intention that, wherever possible, the folds would still be accessible to sheep. Among the sculptures are slate works and balanced stones embedded in walls and a series of sixteen folds each containing a massive glacial boulder rolled down from the nearby hillside. Work began in January 1996, and, despite a hiatus in 2001 when the devastating outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease effectively closed off the land, by 2006 over forty structures had been completed. It is this extraordinary project that forms the core of Enclosure." "This book includes a rich collection of ephemeral work related in various ways to sheep. Graceful serpentines of frozen wool reach up from a rock in a gorge, or hang down from its craggy sides; lengths of wall are painstakingly edged with bright white lines of wool or frozen snow. There is also a spectacular series of large sheep paintings - paintings made by the hoofprints of sheep - produced by laying large canvas on the ground in winter, with a block of sheep feed in the middle to attract the animals." "Finally an intriguing section demonstrates how work in a small burn close to Goldsworthy's home in Dumfriesshire informed some of his most impressive work to date installed recently at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the largest exhibition of his sculpture so far." "This volume is a rich testament to Goldsworthy's lifelong interest in the land, its history and its inhabitants."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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