Presidio National Park and Haines Gallery
Andy Goldsworthy has been a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 20 years. The Haines Gallery, which curated “California Projects,” Goldsworthy’s first U.S. show (1992), has also sponsored residencies for the artist to create work in the Sierra Nevadas and the Santa Barbara coastal area, as well as in Sonoma County. At the Oliver Ranch in Geyserville, he produced six small installations of wood and stone, “lasting a few minutes to several months.” Unlike Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, and others working at the ranch, Goldsworthy did not want to make his mark on the land. In fact, most of his early works were ephemeral pieces made of wood, pebbles, icicles, or feathers that can be seen as unassuming oblations to nature. His non-intrusive work is related to that of the English sculptors Richard Long, David Nash, and Hamish Fulton, standing in opposition to the American Land artists whose monumental works in the Western desert were at times disruptive of the ecology. …see the entire review in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.