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Burnt Patch, SJMA
Sculpture

1995
72 in. (182.88 cm)

Andy Goldsworthy (Cheshire, England, 1956 - )

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Pine sticks from the Sierra Mountains
Credit Line: Gift of Andrew Goldsworthy and Cheryl Haines Gallery
Accession Number: 1995.03

Exhibition


Momentum: An Experience in the Unexpected, October 2, 2014 - February 22, 2015, New Wing, Second Floor, North and Central Skylight Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

The Permanent Collection: Recent Acquisitions, August 5 - September 24, 1995, Second Floor Central, New Wing, San José Museum of Art.

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Momentum: An Experience in the Unexpected (2014-2015)

Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy often works outside, collaborating with nature to create uniquely personal and intense artworks. The site-specific installation Burnt Patch was created for the exhibition Andy Goldsworthy: Breath of Earth in 1995. The materials used are from a specific area of the Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe; should more be needed, a journey must be made to the site to replenish the installation.

The charred, circular area near the center of the work echoes Goldsworthy's circular works and hole pieces. According to Goldsworthy, "The black of a hole is like the flame of a fire. The flame makes the energy of fire visible. The black is the earth's flame—its energy. I used to say I will make no more holes. Now I know I will always make them. I am drawn to them with the same urge I have to look over a cliff edge. It is possible that the last work I will make will be a hole."


Installation at San José Museum of Art's Sculpture Court (1995)

British artist Andy Goldsworthy often works outside, collaborating with nature to create uniquely personal and intense artworks. Burnt Patch is a site-specific installation that was created for the exhibition Andy Goldsworthy: Breath of Earth.

The charred, circular area near the center of the work echoes Goldsworthy's circular works and hole pieces. According to Goldsworthy, "The black of a hole is like the flame of a fire. The flame makes the energy of fire visible. The black is the earth's flame - its energy. I used to say I will make no more holes. Now I know I will always make them. I am drawn to them with the same urge I have to look over a cliff edge. It is possible that the last work I will make will be a hole."

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  • variable when installed Dimensions: 72 in. (182.88 cm)

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