Artist Talk: Andy Goldsworthy

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Join renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy as he discusses his deCordova installation Watershed (expected to open this fall) in connection to his explorations of the effects of time, the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings, and the beauty in loss and regeneration.

Space is limited and pre-registration is requested.

Location: Brooks Auditorium at Lincoln Public Schools, 10 Ballfield Road, Lincoln, MA

ABOUT ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

In photographs, sculptures, installations, and films spanning a career of four decades, Goldsworthy documents his explorations with natural materials ranging from the most ephemeral—leaves, ices, and twigs—to solid and enduring, including stone walls and granite sheds. Many of his works are known only through documentation in photographs and film. Others are permanently installed in museums and sculpture parks around the world.

Some of Goldsworthy’s permanent, site-specific installations can be seen at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the de Young Museum, San Francisco; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; and the Presidio of San Francisco. Major solo exhibitions of his work have been presented by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, U.K.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California. In 2021 the Yale Center for British Arts will open a traveling retrospective of Goldsworthy’s work. The artist was born in Cheshire, England in 1956, and is based in southwest Scotland. Goldsworthy is represented by Galerie Lelong & Co.

ABOUT WATERSHED

Watershed, a site-specific commission designed to interact with deCordova’s unique natural environment, will make deCordova the only public institution in New England with an outdoor work by the internationally renowned British artist. It is composed of a nine-by-fifteen-foot granite stone structure, partially-embedded in the slope of deCordova’s pond-side hill. The work will be built in a vernacular style, echoing stone walls and structures found throughout New England, using local materials and the expert assistance of Goldsworthy's team of British wallers. On the structure’s interior rear wall, stonework will radiate in concentric circles from a drain outlet centered in the wall—a powerful evocation of water’s energy and pattern.

In times of heavy rain, water that flows across deCordova’s paved upper lot will be collected and channeled underground to pour from the outlet in the work's rear wall, giving form to the usually unremarked course of groundwater across hard surfaces and allowing people to see and hear the work come to life. In dry weather the wall will stand expectantly, waiting to be activated. The work will serve to illustrate both the impermanence and the lasting effects of water, through the growth of residues like mineral deposits, moss, and patina. With the invitation to enter the piece, the human presence in all of these periods activates the work and its lifetime.

As a permanent commission by an internationally acclaimed artist, Watershed underscores deCordova's role as a leading U.S. sculpture park, deepening the discourse on contemporary sculpture in our community and beyond for generations to come.

Learn more at decordova.org/andy-goldsworthy-watershed

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