Monday, 22 June 2009

Richard Long: Quiet Things

In the winter of 1964, Richard Long pushed a snowball across the Downs in Bristol and recorded the results. Forty five years later and he's still making impermanent interventions in the landscape, photographing worn-down paths and summing up week-long hill walks via sublime little note poems. His latest retrospective at Tate Britain is inspiring stuff.
     I think it's the tone of Long's delivery that I like the most. He touches on huge concepts like time, space or nature, yet he remains uncomplicated and modest. "I do think I'm a product of my time," he says. "I do like very simple, pure things. Quiet things." 

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