Andy Goldsworthy is a pioneer. Goldsworthy is considered a "sculptor and environmentalist." His work uses natural and/or found materials for site specific sculpture installations that explore repetitive process, and the passage of time.
Living and working in Scotland, Goldsworthy credits much of his artmaking process to years spent working on rural farms during his childhood.
For his more ephemeral works, Goldsworthy uses foraged materials (leaves, flowers, twigs), his hands and rudimentary tools. For works that are meant to be permanent, such as "Roof", "Stone River" and "Three Cairns" Goldsworthy uses machine tools.
Decay is an integral part of Goldsworthy's work. All of his pieces are made in nature from natural materials, and experience the life cycle associated with that. The more delicate sculptures from flowers or leaves have a short lifespan, the "permanent" sculptures made from stone have longer life cycles, but change and evolve during that time.
Experiencing Goldsworthy's work at different times of year can transform a piece. Take for instance, "A Wall" at Storm King in upstate New York. This piece is very different in the winter snow and ice than it would be in the early spring or during foliage season. The way the pieces change with the seasons is all part of Goldsworthy's overall vision for the pieces and his appreciation of their natural surroundings.
A few weeks ago the studio was able to go see "Leaning Into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy" at the Film Forum. It was a lovely afternoon and we would all highly recommend the film if you have the chance!