By John K. Grande
Paintings Nature Dialogues bargains interviews with artists operating with, in, and round nature and the surroundings. The interviews discover paintings practices, ecological concerns, and values as they pertain to the siting of works, using fabrics, and the ethics of artmaking. John okay. Grande comprises interviews with Hamish Fulton, David Nash, Bob Verschueren, herman de vries, Alan Sonfist, Nils-Udo, Michael Singer, Patrick Dougherty, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and others.
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I am invigorated by it. I love the economy of means that when you cut a shape, you have another piece of wood coming away you can use for smaller pieces. In the big projects abroad, just from the nature of how much I am trying to do, what I am trying to achieve, I have to work with other people. The social dynamic interests me very much. JG It is an exchange process. 3 8 David Nash. Nine Charred Steps, 1988–89. Belgium. Courtesy of the artist. 4 David Nash. Sod Swap, 1983. North Wales. Courtesy of the artist.
DN Sod Swap came about when I was asked to take part in an outdoor group show at Kensington Gardens in London. I wanted my piece to say something of where it came from, so the most basic way to do this was to bring something of where it came from—the land itself. The land that was removed went to Cae’n-y-cod in north Wales. We swapped them over. At the end of the exhibition I wanted to swap them back, but they ran out of budget. So I still have the London turf which had ﬁve species of plant in it originally, but has lots more in it now.
One teacher I recently talked to said he is going to have his students work on a patch of ground and use just what is there. You came up with Peace Dividend in Canterbury, England, didn’t you? The timing of the work again was excellent. What was the reaction of the ofﬁcials to this piece? JZ A lot of my projects with military mateials were done in other countries. S. Army is a lot more protective of its image and its used military hardware. I once got permissison to recycle materials from a base in Pennsylvania, but when I started selecting things from the scrap pile, like exploded schrapnel from munitions tests, I was told I couldn’t have them because they could be analyzed for military secrets.