Four Iconic Spirals in Art and Nature, clockwise from top left: Scraped stones, broken in half, arranged in a spiral by artist Andy Goldsworthy; "Spiral Jetty," Earth Art by Robert Smithson, located in Utah, 1970; photograph of a spiral nebula, the Pinwheel Galaxy; aerial photograph of Stonehenge, located in England, and estimated to date from 3100 BCE.
Above: One of the most famous photographs ever made: of the earth ‘rising’ above the surface of the moon, made by the astronauts of Apollo 8, from their spacecraft, in December, 1968.
Left to right: Andy Goldsworthy, Josh Diedrich, and Buster Simpson. All three contemporary artists working today.
Topics to consider from this, the last real class session in DEARTS
More than once this semester I’ve spoken of the artist as someone who can put her or his ear to the ground (or tracks), and hear in advance, what is approaching. I’ve said as well that you in your life, need to be able to do this. In other words you need to seek always to strength your skills in observation, perception and intuition. This will make you better at whatever you put your mind to. Choose now to write a comment in which you respond to one of the following:
1. Talk one of the artists discussed in today’s class, and how and what that artist was able to sense/perceive/notice that others may not have been able to. And describe how that enabled the artist to create the work that resulted.
2. Talk about what skillset you think you can personally better develop that will help you be that someone who has superior observational ability and is able to perceive things that others may not. And let us know what you want to do with these abilities when they are even sharper than they are now.
3. Many times you’ve heard me ask a guest to tell us what they were like when they were a young boy or girl. What about you? Were you more a ‘little scientist?’ or a ‘budding artist?’ Were you a blend of the two? Or did you carve out some other identity when you were 8, 9, or 10 years old? Are there qualities you had when you were younger that you somehow moved away from? If so, do you think you can recapture those qualities?
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