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The art of walking


art, walking, land art,

art, walking, land art,

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  • 1. The art of walking journey, map, movement, sketchbook, viewpoint, walk
  • 2. Richard Long • Several artists in the exhibition have explored the idea of making art by moving through the landscape, rather than viewing or depicting it from a fixed point. • In the 1960s, artist Richard Long started using walking as a process by which he could make art works. Many of his works are about making marks or tracks in the landscapes he travels through. He also makes text works that capture his journeys in words.
  • 3. Hamish Fulton • A few years later Hamish Fulton was also exploring the idea of the journey as his basis for making art. His work initially emerged as a form of pilgrimage; to places of cultural, historical or spiritual significance. Later works, including works that involve painting directly onto gallery walls, have relied on simple images and texts to provide evocative impressions of these journeys.
  • 4. The art of walking • You are to take a walk around the school inside and out and record your experiences in different ways, for example through words, drawings and photography. A concertina sketchbook/paper will provide the basis for recording this journey as it unfolds. • You are to stop every twenty steps to write or draw or photograph whatever comes into your view. Find something each time you stop that can be used to make a mark on your paper.
  • 5. Homework Assignment Words in the landscape • Take a word walk and collect words that come to you as you look around them. • Research words that can be found in your environment. A sketchbook inquiry in which you investigate different letters, words and typefaces. Make photographs, drawings and rubbings. Extension to your locations project. • Photograph a location and then take another photograph of a word, such that the meaning of the first photograph is changed in some way by the image they put next to it. While many readers now associate the term "concrete poetry" with poems whose outlines depict a recongnizable shape— ideas behind concrete poetry are much broader. In essence, works of concrete poetry are as much pieces of visual art made with words as they are poems. Were one to hear a piece of concrete poetry read aloud, a substantial amount of its effect would be lost.