If you’re interested in art that uses nature as its medium, there’s no better place to get your fill than Land/Art New Mexico. The event may be over but the gathering was commemorated with this vibrant book by the same name. Written by Lucy Lippard, William Fox, and Nancy Mithlo, it’s a collection of giant photographs and in-depth essays documenting and analyzing the state of land art. Read on to discover all you’ve missed . . .
Dusty sculpture. Windblown performance. Seeds sent down rivers in book-shaped blocks of ice. Included within the six-month Land/Art program were a two-day symposium, a three-month exhibition on Experimental Geography, and a series of performances and speakers. The layout of the book manages to ground this cluster of activity in giant white pages. The text of its essays is large enough to read, but small enough to feel lost on the page. And all words seem dwarfed by the giant, spooky photographs.
The photographs depict costumes of leaves, sculptures of tumbleweeds, gardens in cars. They feature plastic bag flowers, numbered mountains, vinyl poems, and a woman boiling milk in a hot spring. They’re an exciting collecting of the work artists are doing to engage with the modern landscape.