Land Art: Celebrating the work of Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson and Walter De Maria
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Land Art: Celebrating the work of Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson and Walter De Maria

There are no values attached
to something like this because it’s not portable and then not a malleable
barter exchange object And that says it You can’t trade this thing You can’t put it in your pocket If you have a war
you can’t move it around It’s not worth anything In fact it’s an obligation My personal experience
was that land art or earth art was not an anti-gallery statement or an anti-gallerist statement either but that a wide open space is really what they were
looking for and found No gallery or museum could possibly do what the open space does
for the individual the viewer, the experiencer Rob Smithson, when he needed something that was of a scale that you can’t do
in an urban environment he went to another environment That scale did not exist physically
in an urban space This is the stuff that can only happen
outside of the city You couldn’t do the
Spiral Jetty in a city space But Smithson brought it
into the city I think There was the importation Northeast by north Mud, salt crystals, rocks, water West by south Mud, salt crystals, rocks, water And I’ve wondered about that importation I started to think, you know, Is this a way of trying to turn
your back on the city? If you’re turning your back on the city and going to land, landscape, country are you turning your back on people? And I started to think that– I wondered how interested
Michael Heizer et cetera were interested in people I think they were interested in
the individual art doer can come into some kind
of exchange with nature


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