Everybody knows so well the poetical acts that British artist Richard Long makes towards the nature, but I want to highlight how his sculptures and wall works commonly take the form of geometric shapes—circles, lines, ellipses, and spirals—using the raw materials of a place. Their simplicity and universal forms reflect the artist’s primary engagement with the landscapes of the world. Circles are timeless, universal; stones are common, practical, and exist almost everywhere. “I am interested in the emotional power of simple images,” Richard Long.
Wood Circle, 1977,Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Whitechapel Slate Circle, 1981, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA.
Small White Pebble Circles, 1987, Tate Gallery, London, UK.
Six Stone Circles, 1981, London, UK.
Road Stone Line, 2010, China.
Stone Line, 1980, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK.
Richard Long official website: http://www.richardlong.org/