Land Art: Exploring the path of Richard Long
Curated by Kimberly Marrero
Brooklyn Autism Center
“Art made by walking in landscapes.
Photographs of sculptures made along the way.
The music of stones, paths of shared footmarks,
sleeping by the river's roar.”
Exploring Land Art by Kimberly Marrero
We are proud to present a series of artwork by students from BAC who participated in a three week art program led by Museum Educator Kimberly Marrero.
Students were introduced to artwork by Richard Long, Robert Smithson and Olafur Eliasson who enlist the natural landscape and its various organic elements, into compelling and transformative works of art which direct our attention to the innate beauty and potential of our surrounding environment.
Students at BAC began with an outdoor adventure following the winding pathways through Brooklyn Bridge Park where they were encouraged to explore and collect natural materials to be used in their own works of art. In the spirit of Richard Long and Robert Smithson, students gathered similar materials of rocks, sticks, leaves and soil and modeled the spirals and circular paths featured in their iconic works. Students then created a collage made from these natural materials. In a further exploration of natural materials, students looked at the art installation “Water Falls” by the artist Olafur Eliasson and created their own water inspired assemblage using water, rocks and shells.
In their final artwork, students took their inspiration from artist Robert Smithson’s site specific land work “Spiral Jetty” built on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. They learned about its massive counterclockwise 1,500 foot long spiral made of rocks and salt crystals and created their own site specific land works using feathers and leaves to mark their own spiral path into the landscape. Students then documented their artwork in large scale photographs.
My time with the students of Brooklyn Autism has been no less than a magical and transformative experience especially as I witnessed each student’s amazing ability to tap into their own creative potential.
This cultural program was made possible by the Shine Arts organization. View the complete presentation here.
Brooklyn Autism Center (BAC), a 1:1 nonprofit, private school for children with autism, will be holding its first student art reception on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral.
The art reception is a culmination of a month-long partnership with art advisor Kimberly Marrero from the Guggenheim Museum and Shine Arts. Students at BAC will spend the month of July collecting materials to create their own words of “land art” inspired by the works of Richard Long.
In their first session, students at BAC walked over the trail bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park to collect natural materials as instructors documented progress on the students' iPads. In the second two sessions, students made collages from the natural elements they collected and documented their artwork via photographs.
The art reception on July 31 will display the students’ individual art pieces and celebrate their progress over the month. This event is open to the public. View the article here