IAIN MACHELL   Drawings and Sculpture
Twist On Turner
2008
wood, hand-carved text, 23K gold leaf
8' x 5' x 5'
The great British artist J.M.W. Turner believed that landscapes could convey a full range of artistic, historical, and emotional meanings, and thought himself an heir to the great landscape painters of the past. He created the “Liber Studiorum” (1807-19), a suite of prints based on his landscape paintings, as an academic exercise in categorizing landscape in art (and also as an attractive package for buyers). He placed his work neatly in one of these categories:
1. PASTORAL
2. EPIC PASTORAL
3. MOUNTAINOUS
4. HISTORICAL
5. ARCHITECTURAL
6. MARINE
As a critique of Turner’s attempt to put nature and the landscape into convenient academic boxes, I created a sign that pointed out where you could find these aspects of landscape.
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