By John K. Grande
Paintings Nature Dialogues bargains interviews with artists operating with, in, and round nature and the surroundings. The interviews discover paintings practices, ecological matters, and values as they pertain to the siting of works, using fabrics, and the ethics of artmaking. John ok. Grande comprises interviews with Hamish Fulton, David Nash, Bob Verschueren, herman de vries, Alan Sonfist, Nils-Udo, Michael Singer, Patrick Dougherty, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and others.
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The timing of the work again was excellent. What was the reaction of the ofﬁcials to this piece? JZ A lot of my projects with military mateials were done in other countries. S. Army is a lot more protective of its image and its used military hardware. I once got permissison to recycle materials from a base in Pennsylvania, but when I started selecting things from the scrap pile, like exploded schrapnel from munitions tests, I was told I couldn’t have them because they could be analyzed for military secrets.
The land that was removed went to Cae’n-y-cod in north Wales. We swapped them over. At the end of the exhibition I wanted to swap them back, but they ran out of budget. So I still have the London turf which had ﬁve species of plant in it originally, but has lots more in it now. I keep it as if it was in London, so I mow the grass regularly. In London it was moved from the original temporary exhibition space to a permanent site. They don’t cut the Welsh turf. They cut everything else, which is the opposite of what I do with the London turf.
But what is at stake is important. It concerns the raising of consciousness to art, to the landscape, to the eye, of those who will educate the generations to come. To renew contact with a space often relegated to the status of scenery, of green spaces. JG When talking about nature with you, you emphasized that nature is a place that is not distinct from human activity but a shared space. Can you explain? BB Yes. For us nature is a space shared with other inhabitants. If we are willing to come back to the fact that nature is only a concept, which evolves into ideas of nature, we only have a fragmentary comprehension linked to a state of our knowledge, a state of our societies.