By John K. Grande

Paintings Nature Dialogues bargains interviews with artists operating with, in, and round nature and the surroundings. The interviews discover paintings practices, ecological concerns, and values as they pertain to the siting of works, using fabrics, and the ethics of artmaking. John ok. Grande comprises interviews with Hamish Fulton, David Nash, Bob Verschueren, herman de vries, Alan Sonfist, Nils-Udo, Michael Singer, Patrick Dougherty, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and others.

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It was unusual from the other objects because it was sort of jammed into the one place. I really liked that. It wasn’t until I went back when I was twenty-two under other circumstances, and then saw the same place again I realized how deeply this spiritualization had gone into me. I continued to revere it. Now there is a moral gesture! JG Yes, The Endless Column (1937). Brancusi could integrate a sense of the universal both in a single sculpture or in a carved decorative doorway to a house. The practical and aesthetic seemed inseparable.

Maurice River waters have propelled this hydro dam for seventy-five years, the draveurs and loggers have long worked this river. Trading took place here. Colonials exchanged goods with the natives in early times. The site is a crossroads that captures an amazing range of cultural, natural, and historic cues. The wilderness surrounded islands of civilization in this region, in contrast to the United States where the wilds were always to the west. PD Yes. La Gabelle has a wealth of history. The park in which Yardwork now stands is the site of the village where the crews who built the damn once lived.

Later in the planning process, I gave up the literal imagery in favor of seven twenty-foot-high abstract columns, surrounded by a six-foot-high sheet of undulating saplings. In completing the sculpture I developed passageways through this outer shell, so viewers could glimpse intriguing bits of the interior. Visitors can stand inside each of the inner structures and explore a kind of internal maze. My favorite view is from inside one of the tall vertical forms looking at the sky through a chimney of sticks.

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