Outdoors as Art

Introduces ideas and practices to help explore the outdoors as art.

Dazed and Confused – Behind the Masc : Rethinking Masculinity

From 2019 this article ticks two boxes that interest me. Discussions about what constitutes masculinity and an example of art used as a form of research. Given an assumption that the patrriarchy still dominates power, then ideas about what it is to be a man must lie at the centre of patriachal power. These ideas hurt everyone, including those men in power. Researching this through words and images are presented for witnessing, like quantitative research is submitted to peer review. The responce is ambiguous, personal, situational and emergent, like art. This is a great collection of photography and journalism as research.

A Ragged Memoriam – Outdoor Art

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“Because we arrived without sponsorship or political agenda, people always received us with open arms,” JR says. “They are happy to see another approach, in which they are actors.” JR (French, born 1983). 28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes, Action dans la Favela Morro da Providência, Favela de Jour, Rio de Janeiro, 2008. Installation image. Wheat-pasted posters on buildings. © JR-ART.NET

Richard Long in Mexico

Richard Long changed my life. I was doing an urban outdoor programme in Liverpool, England, and went to see the first ever show at Tate Liverpool, called Starlit Waters - British Sculpture. An International Art 1968 - 1988. Saw Richard Long, Anish Kapoor, Alison Wilding, Hamish Fulto, Barry Flanagan, Tony Cragg, Art and Language, Ian Hamilton Filay, on and on... The man who walked into that show was a different man to the one that walked out. I did hiking for my job and here was a guy who made hiking into art. I was renderd speechless. It was the sheer physicality of it and that it was objects I would have never thought of as 'sculpture'.