Key Concepts: Site Responsive Art

What is site responsive art?

Rachel Whiteread ‘House’ 19932a1624010b3ef1e8b136f8050204efac.pngWhiteread has created a cast of the negative space within a terrace house. The rest of the street was demolished, leaving behighned her work. However, her work itself was shot lived. Due to a negative response from the council ‘House’ was demolished after eleven weeks.

‘Nazca Lines’ discovered in the 1930’s Peru nazca-linesThese lines have been etched into desert sands. Covering an area of nearly 1,000 sq. kilometers, there are about 300 different figures, including animals and plants. Composed of over 10,000 lines, some of which measure 30 meters wide and stretch more than 9 kilometres. The lines are responding to the land.

Mike Nelson ‘In Memory of hp Lovecraft’ 1999tumblr_ky7ghuxrpn1qahyrjo1_1280Nelson has responded to the gallery by destroying it.

Thomas Hirschhorn ‘Cavemanman’ 20022011-El-intervalo-luminoso2Hirschhorn has built a structure within the gallery, creating new walls, floors and ceilings. He is going agains the idea of the ‘white cube’.

Katharina Grosse ‘Rockaway’ 2016rockaway-katharina-grosse-photos-pablo-enriquez_dezeen_1568_2.jpg Grosse has created a three dimensional painting, which you are able to step into and experience.

Simon Starling ‘Shed Boat Shed’ 2005

Starling deconstructed a shed, and proceeded to transport by boat, before rebuilding it within a gallery. The journey is the artwork.

Adam Buick ‘Veneration Bell’ 2013445690951_1280x720Buick has ung a ceramic bell from the roof of a cave by the sea. This location is consider to be a ‘think place’, meaning there is a thin separation between the physical and spiritual world. This bell has a spiritual connotation, because of its location.

Richard Long ‘Walking Line’ 1967linewalkingThis work it the mark made by nearly walking through the grass. It is the residue he has left from his journey.

Tony Oursler ‘The influence machine’ 2000a3b8cfcefc3a72298e440c518d448a6dProjections onto trees, invading the public space, with unexpected images.

Christian Boltanski ‘Animitas’ 2016boltanskiHundreds of small Japanese bells, suspended on sticks. The wind causes the bells to chime. They are interacting with the environment.


Author: Crisiant Williams

I am a Fine Art student, studying at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

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