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Goldsworthy vs. Verame

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Lynne Hull (ecoartHulll)
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 17:11:43 -0500

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Teresa--Thanks for reminding me about Jean Verame's blue rocks (he also has
an unfinished one in Texas). Lita Albuquerque also did a blue pigment in
the desert piece for the Cairo Bienniale or some such exhibit. I would
question whether either of these could be called "environmental" and really
not "eco-art" because of the question of what happens to the
color/paint/pigment (blue often contains cobalt, a toxic substance) left in
the environment. I don't quite understand your reference to Goldsworthy
being more manipulative of the landscape since he nearly always limits
himself to materials found in the landscape and rarely uses tools, never
adds foreign materials. Most of the "cracked rock" pieces I have seen were
broken with fire and ice rather than tools. And he leaves the materials to
stay in the ecological cycle for the most part, taking away only the photo.
But I enjoy debates about the definition of the terms we have right now;
environmental art is obviously very loose. What do you think?

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