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A companion piece to River and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time, a 2001 documentary about the remarkable British artist, this elegant sequel reteams Goldsworthy, cinematographer-director-editor Thomas Riedelsheimer and composer Fred Frith to create another mesmerising cinematic experience observing the artist at work, shaping and interacting with nature around the world.
A friend who watched this with me said that it’s the kind of film she’d like to see again when she’s dying. That pretty much nails its meditative, melancholy tone and suits the kind of work Goldsworthy does, which is all about the ephemeral and the enduring; time and the tactile qualities of the instant. At an intriguingly eclectic range of sites including San Francisco, Brazil, Gabon, central Edinburgh and rural corners of France and England, Goldsworthy goes about his peculiar line of work. Sometimes this involves lying on the ground for extended periods in the rain so that when he finally gets up a shadow is formed where his body had been. Or “swimming” through the branches of a line of trees, climbing from one to another.
At the other end of the permanence spectrum, he works with a team of fabricators to construct a trench in New Hampshire fashioned from granite boulders they’ve cleaved in half to create the walls of the gulley. Somewhere in the middle lies his work with moistened leaves and petals that he drapes over his body (sometimes assisted by his daughter Holly) or in neat lines descending staircases or across a fallen elm tree.
Throughout, Frith’s sparse, neo-primitivist musical gurglings and tinklings from stringed instruments and what sound like didgeridoos and Theremins enhance the quasi-mystical atmosphere. The same goes for the limpid cinematography, which benefits from the use of drones or cranes to offer spectacular overhead shots, offering perspectives on the work that only filmgoers and God can enjoy. The single quibble is that it would be nice to have an explanation of who pays for all this art and why.
Source: The Guardian
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