Ok, so I am not even going to lie, when I first discovered the Tumblr blog Things Organized Neatly I don't think I blinked or moved anything but my mouse fingers for like three hours. Page after page of the most beautifully arranged, almost grid-like still lifes shot from above had me mesmerized in a surprising way.
I was so infatuated, yet incredulous that ordinary objects could be composed to make such perfect little worlds; each photo a pristine landscape of household items to car parts to adventure gear to dinner, all methodically and lovingly arranged.
Why would these images that almost scream 'psychopath' somehow have the opposite effect and actually be soothing and relaxing to my visually-cluttered brain? I cannot put my finger on it, but it is quite obvious that I am not the only one to be drawn to these gadget tableaus.
I literally stumbled upon the small original Things Organized Neatly blog probably 6+ years ago, and now I feel like I see references and replicas everywhere! I really admire a good cultural phenomenon...
But long before Tumblr made organizing hip, Andy Goldsworthy was organizing nature in his own wonderfully unique way. He is a British artist working in Scotland and has been creating and photographing these environmental sculptures since the early seventies.
The materials such as leaves, sticks, icicles, and rocks are mostly found on site, and are all completely natural; no glue or supporting structures are used. Each sculpture takes about one to three days and after Goldsworthy photographs it, it is left to be reclaimed back into the natural world it came from. What a beautiful and selfless way to create art.
I borrowed the Andy Goldsworthy gallery from Melt's fantastic collection, and here is an incredible catalog of his work and process. Here's an amazing interview, too. If you really want to experience Goldsworthy's magic as firsthand as possible, pop up some popcorn and watch this documentary.
What do you think of environmental art? Have you ever tried stone stacking or 'painting' with leaves or sticks before? I'll have to post some of my stone stacking pics from my trip to the Pacific Northwest two years ago! Feel free to comment your own experiences.
originally posted: October 29, 2016