He pictured a box of sand divided with dark sand on one side and light sand on the other. “Frederick Law Olmstead and the Dialectical Landscape,” The Writings of Robert Smithson: Essays with Illustrations, NY: NY University Press. It was to be the very opposite of how city dwellers perceived nature: “Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic,” he said. 392 0 obj <>stream Smithson, decked out in waders, strode into the lake and staked the outline with flags before directing an assortment of earth- moving trucks to create the work: he was unhappy with its first iteration and recalled the construction specialist to change its shape. For Smithson, the work was meant to demonstrate his repudiation of the picturesque and his conviction that “nature does not proceed in a straight line, it is rather a sprawling development”. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. [see also: The pioneering landscapes of Paul Bril]. Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1500 (if unwound) x 15 foot spiral of basalt, sand, and soil, ©Holt-Smithson Foundation Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris 8. The work of Robert Smithson comes tightly wrapped in some ­unforgiving artistic concepts. It was as though the pipe was secretly sodomising some hidden technological orifice, and causing a monstrous sexual organ (the fountain) to have an orgasm. O���� Two years after it was made, the water level rose and Spiral Jetty disappeared, re-emerging, like some mythical beast, only in 2002 when droughts hit the region. From the top of the Hill one could take the path in which to view the Circle and vice versa, exploring the picturesque quality of the time of the viewer. The chapter then turns to its subsequent institutional reception – how a growing number of art writers have subsequently spun the content of Smithson’s response to the issue of artistic representation (“especially Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake, Utah. Robert Smithson (January 2, 1938 – July 20, 1973) was an American artist known for sculpture and land art who often used drawing and photography in relation to the spatial arts. Smithson, she asserts, was less critical of those who imitated nature's picturesque wildness. The British-based, French-born Philip James De Loutherbourg painted An Avalanche in the Alps in 1803, at a time when the picturesque yet dangerous French Alps were an increasingly popular embodiment of the sublime landscape. The latter quickly usurps the former as I realize today is September 25th, a day I’ve waited for my entire life (metaphorically speaking) and actually bee… 4:00 A.M. Oy. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, pp. The work of Robert Smithson comes tightly wrapped in some ­unforgiving artistic concepts. Classifications: Photographs, Drawings Credit Line: Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001 Accession Number: 2001.273 But it also nods to the infrastructure of the lake’s industrial past with its pontoons, loading docks and causeways. �K��:�b���:(..KLX�H}M�7�6J�7���́4��d���7{}J�d� ��牲�8nL��͖Ә�@�7m�xjI���m-�o^�tr�NaT"�K����q��V;_�5x���A_7�@^�8f-��(c�8=�ËV��s;� endstream endobj 394 0 obj <>stream ����oc̝(-���^" They, too, only reveal themselves fully from the air and Spiral Jetty bears a marked similarity to the curled tail of the monkey, one of the most famous of the geoglyphs. For 30 years it existed solely in memory, photographs and in a trippy film Smithson made as he ran along the spiral to its central coil. Alys Tomlinson's poignant "Lost Summer" portraits win the Taylor Wessing Prize, How Edward McKnight Kauffer turned advertising into art. Then a child steps into the box and runs clockwise until the sand is mixed and turned to grey. Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty Possibly the most famous Land Art work ever created is Spiral Jetty, made in 1970 by Robert Smithson (1938-1973). He just had in his mind what it should look like.” Nevertheless, although Spiral Jetty comprises 6,000 tons of basalt and earth, it is impermanent as well as permanent. Michael Prodger is associate editor at the New Statesman. I will merely say, ‘It was there.’”, [see also: The dreamscapes of Maxfield Parrish]. Picturesque = overdoing something to imitate the natural; i.e creating an artificial nature that appears more natural than nature. This iconic work was built by moving 6,000 tons of land from Utah’s Great Salt Lake to create a 1,500 foot-long rock spiral. 1979. I’m immediately beset by the eternal morning conflict: ten more minutes of sleep vs. the rush of adrenaline that wants to start the adventures that await. Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty turns 50 this month. Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970 (Great Salt Lake, Utah) A Monument to Paradox and Transience. Placing these contrasting views of the garden within the context of Smithson's art works and writings, Edens emphasize the gestation and growth aspects of life cycles, whereas those who cultivate the picturesque focus on the decay and decomposition aspects of the life cycle. Citation : Martin T (2011), Robert Smithson and the Anglo-American picturesque. 1979. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our use of these cookies. Robert Smithson (January 2, 1938 – July 20, 1973) was an American artist known for sculpture and land art who often used drawing and photography in relation to the spatial arts. Smithson’s slides were printed and shown in the exhibition Robert Smithson’s New Jersey, Curated by Phyllis Tuchman, Montclair Art Museum, February 23 – June 22, 2014.