Whenever I'm asked what my favorite movies are, I usually babble out three or four titles that pop into my head right that minute — Chinatown, I might say. Or Annie Hall, or Memento, or Grand Illusion. The selection usually varies, according to my mood in the moment.
But one title I always include on the list is Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time, German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer's stirring 2001 documentary about the life and extraordinary work of "environmental artist" Andy Goldsworthy.
Not a conventional biographical doc, it says little about Scotsman Goldswothy's personal life. Instead, it's a vibrant joyride through themes of art, time and nature, expressed through the artist's powerful, yet often intentionally impermanent constructions — required viewing for anyone looking to jumpstart your own creative energy.
|Nature at work: mesmerizing|
Goldsworthy works with natural materials (leaves, twigs) meant to altered or destroyed by the caprices of nature, or mammoth stone constructions. One wall of clay develops a mesmerizing network of cracks and fissures as the clay dries.
Most haunting is a sculpted portal through which moonlight alone projects a glowing image of breathtaking beauty and no substance at all, into the darkness.
Like its predecessor, this move is a feast. Peel your orbs and dig in!