December 21, 2005

"Winter."

Nice photo, by Andy Goldsworthy: "Torn crack in leaves / Laid on a sheet of ice wedged between two trunks of a Hawthorn that had once been a single tree until struck by lightning.”

17 comments:

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Begging your pardon, but don't you find it's "awfully twee"? (Scroll down to comments at linked post.)

Ann Althouse said...

Yeah, I didn't forget that. This one was nicely bleak.

Ann Althouse said...

And, damn, it's the darkest day of the year. I need me some twee.

Ann Althouse said...

Bleak twee.

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Chwistmas twee.

chuck b. said...

Sylvester and Twee tea.

reader_iam said...

Ann, sometimes trying to figure out where your threads are going to go next is like ... wait for it ... trying to read twee leaves.

Why, oh, why do I let you suck me in like this?

reader_iam said...

And here I came into the comments section of this thread to make a serious comment.

Which is: I find it oddly compelling that the tree seems to be walking towards the viewer.

And oddly disturbing that the "legs" evoke in my mind the image of a skeleton--and a burnt or fossilized one at that.

reader_iam said...

Now, why is it that I feel my last comment is somehow OT in this comments thread?

; )

Joan said...

This post, and accompanying comment thread, are exactly why Althouse is one of my first daily reads.

On the first day of winter, can't we all use a little bleak twee? (I will, however, continue to avoid weak tea...)

chuck b. said...

I enjoy the Althouse blog for the same reasons too, Joan, although, I do tire of its pervasive heteronormativitwee.

Goesh said...

It is Treebeard holding a coded message for the hobbits between his gnarly legs...

price said...

Do any of you like the Andy Goldsworthy documentary, Rivers and Tides? It is maybe the only documentary on an artist that I've seen 4 times. The patience he shows in creating his works makes me love this photo even more. The sheer ingenuity and time and frustration that go into a single photograph is mind-boggling.

price said...

Also--and I hope I'm not horning in on what appears to be a personal discussion in the comments of RLC's blog--Andy Goldsworthy doesn't seem to be a sentimental or spiritualist type of guy. He comes across as very pragmatic and humble in the documentary, and doesn't stoop to articulating his motivations too much. I can see why people would ascribe a nature spiritualism to his work, but he mostly just seems to like making art out of found elements.

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Price: As my post shows, I loved RIVERS AND TIDES, though I've only seen it that one time. If only certain northern-dwelling legal scholar/bloggers would be more flexible and open-minded in their viewing habits... They might grow, they might learn... Oh, what's the use, it's like talking to a wall.

XWL said...

I know I'm late to this party but.....
(Assuming Babwa Wawa voice)

"Pwofessah Awthowus, If you wewah a Twee, what kind of Twee wood you Beee?"


(I know, I know the estimable Ms. Walters never used the phrase, but she deserves some ridicule after that 'Heaven' special)

Rowena.Joy said...

When was this piece of work made and is there a particular reason why the photograph has been produced in black and white?