Devin Devine’s Sculpture

Earth art, also referred to as Land art or Earthworks, is largely an American movement that uses the natural landscape to create site-specific structures, art forms, and sculptures. The movement was an outgrowth of Conceptualism and Minimalism: the beginnings of the environmental movement and the rampant commoditization of American art in the late 1960s influenced ideas and works that were, to varying degrees, divorced from the art market.

In addition to the monumentality and simplicity of Minimalist objects, the artists were drawn to the humble everyday materials of Arte Povera and the participatory “social sculptures” of Joseph Beuys that stressed performance and creativity in any environment.
The favored materials for Earthworks were those that could be extracted directly from nature, such as stones, water, gravel, and soil. Influenced by prehistoric artworks such as Stonehenge, Earth artists left their structures exposed to the elements. The resulting ephemerality and eventual disintegration of the works put them outside of the mainstream where works of art were typically coddled and protected in controlled environments.
One of promising sculptor is Devin Devine and he create dry stone art. Pushing dry stone walling about as far as it can go, these sculptures and landscape features are all held together by gravity. Well, all told these are held together by Gravity, friction, willpower, and love. No gluing cement, not one drop is used creating these pieces. Not that he against cement, or against anything, for that matter. But it’s important, that this project was built in full cooperation with nature.


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