Andy Goldsworthy was born in 1956 in Cheshire, England and grew up in Yorkshire, England. He studied at Bradford College (1974-75) and Preston Polytechnic (1975-78). After leaving school, Goldsworthy lived in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cumbria. He moved over the border to Langholm, Dumfriesshire in 1985 and to Penpont one year later.
Oliver Ranch Installation — Six untitled temporary installations lasting a few minutes to several months of varying size, material and shape.
Goldsworthy deliberately explores the tension of working in the area where he finds his materials, and is undeterred by changes in the weather which may melt a spectacular ice arch or wash away a delicate structure of grasses. The intention is not to "make his mark" on the landscape, but rather to work with it instinctively, so that a delicate scene of bamboo or massive snow rings or a circle of leaves floating in a pool create a new perception and an ever growing understanding of the land.
Provence art trail, Provence, France, 2009; Spire, Park Presidio, San Francisco, California, 2008; Andy Goldsworthy, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK, 2007; Red Sandstone wall and the Doerr-Hosier Center, Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado, 2006; Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, Albion Gallery, London, England, 2005; New at the Neuberger: Recent Acquisitions, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, 2005; Roof National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2005; Stone Light Drawings, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California; Points of View: Landscape and Photography, Galerie Lelong, New York; Points of View: Landscape and Photography, Galerie Lelong, New York, 2005; Andy Goldsworthy on the Roof, The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2004; Topographics: Photographs from 1844 to the Present, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, 2004; Mountain and Coast Autumn Into Winter Japan 1987, traveling exhibition: Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, 2002-2004; Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; Edwin A Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT.
Appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2000; Storm King, Field Stone, 1997-1998; Honorary degree from the University of Bradford, 1993; Northern Electricity Arts Award, 1989; Scottish Arts Council Award, 1987; Northern Arts Bursary, 1986; Northern Arts Award, 1982; Northern Arts Award, 1981; Yorkshire Arts Award, 1980
Andy Goldsworthy spent many weeks at Oliver Ranch creating six to ten temporary installations, two of which he deemed worthy of photographing and documenting. Those are included in the images below. With each of the two he decided to document, he created a small adjacent set of images along with a brief written description of the day and the installation medium. When the documentation photos are installed, the instructions are to include, adjacent to the documentary photographs, the smaller photograph and the written text. All of the installations on the ranch were temporary: the longest one lasted about three months, the shortest one, just a few minutes. The only surviving record are the photographs that you see below and in the slideshow.
grass seed heads
To learn more about Andy Goldsworthy's art visit www.rwc.uc.edu.