Richard Long: Ring of Stones
Richard Long, England b.1945 / Ring of stones 1982 / 258 stones / Purchased 1993 with funds from the International Exhibitions Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © QAGOMA
17 February - 20 July 2014
Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
Daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Since the late 1960s, Richard Long has made art by 'walking' through diverse landscapes and terrains from his home city of Bristol and its environs, to Ireland and Scotland, Alaska, Iceland, the Americas, the Himalayas, Africa and Australia. His walks may be short, of a few hours duration, or many days in length.
Ring of Stones is an example of the artist's ongoing involvement with the landscape, evoking the natural cycles, rhythms, and the silent vastness of wilderness. By installing works in galleries and sometimes private spaces, the artist compresses the sense of isolation, distance, and time which frames the works in situ. In a gallery space the works provide an analogue of the exterior, past experience while simultaneously asserting a tangible presence. Their installation at ground/floor level - touching the earth by inference - is a deliberately associative gesture. It is that direct contact with the earth which the artist is engaged with in both his walks and his constructions.