A land art proposal by Iván Argote
Image: Artist’s visualisation of land artwork © Iván Argote
Image 2: Technical drawing © Kavanagh, Mansfield & Partners
Technical Drawing visible here in pdf format.
Plans and visualisations of ‘Elevation’ will be on display in the Winter Garden (Red Stables) in St. Anne’s Park on Friday 29 April (from 2-5pm) and Saturday 30 April (from 2-5pm). The presentation is also available to download here. The artist, Iván Argote will be present in the Winter Garden on Saturday 30th April to talk about his response to this unique commissioning opportunity.
Land art is essentially concerned with our relationship with the land, and the way that art can articulate an experience of landscape and nature. For the St. Anne’s Park land art commission, Iván Argote has proposed an earthwork that engages with the view over Dublin Bay, connecting St. Anne’s Park with the sweeping vista from Howth Head to the north, across the lagoon, Bull Island, and on to the city, dramatically backdropped by the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains.
The earthwork – which involves ‘sculpting’ the landscape, rather than fabricating and installing a sculpture on the site – will play with perspective and allow park visitors to experience a familiar landscape in a new way. Inspired by ancient monuments, architecture, and the park’s historic garden follies, it proposes a simple ritual that can be performed repeatedly, each time creating a fresh encounter with land, sea and sky.
Iván Argote is a Colombian artist and film director based in Paris. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include: ‘Chaflierplatz’, Dortmunder Kunstverein, DE (2021); ‘A Place for Us’, Perrotin, New York, US (2021); ‘All Here Together’, Artpace, San Antonio, TX, US (2021); ‘Juntos Together’, ASU Museum, Phoenix, US (2019); ‘Radical Tenderness’, MALBA, Buenos Aires (2018). Argote is currently completing a year-long residency at Villa Medici: The French Academy in Rome, and was recently nominated for the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp 2022. http://ivanargote.com/
For more information about the commission and commissioning process:
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