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Stickwork Paperback – August 25, 2010
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"A very inspiring book, Stickwork could well have you out in the woods, coaxing your own twigs into a new creation." --mocoloco.com
"The photos are quite impressive and I can only imagine how incredible it is to see one of these pieces in person. I look forward to that day!" --book-by-its-cover.com
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Great descriptions by artist how works came into being and interesting anecdotes about each worksite's particular challenges and assets. Getting the back story, sort of a behind the scenes view, on each installation was fascinating and instructive. I loved knowing how the fire inspectors reacted to some of these sculptures in New York, and how a rough neighborhood on Melrose in Los Angeles got excited about a wall piece on a building there.
Also, as a person very curious about the logistics of projects like this, I was especially pleased to get some of the more technical aspects of construction, how gravity defying pieces were built on scaffolds or placed with cranes -- cool stuff.
I gave this book to my dad for Christmas, and after reading it, I now want a copy for myself. Will definitely give as a gift again. Great reaction. Patrick Dougherty is sort of the Billy Collins of stickwork, if I might use the comparison. Lyrical, haunting, whimsical, and transcendent. Don't miss!
And the size of some of these sculptures is just massive! Very impressive! It's sad to think that these creations are not permanent, but as the author says, "The use of such ephemeral materials means that the sculpture has the same life cycle as the sticks themselves, and ultimately it disintegrates and fades back into the landscape, becoming mulch for new life." But it's nice to know they will live on in photographs. This book showcases 38 of his sculptures and provides the story behind each one.
I will never look at a stick the same way again. Well done Mr. Dougherty!
Dougherty's materials never (or rarely) change: woven twigs and branches. A few other materials sometimes become involved, but only as stage-hands invisibly supporting the presentation, never as primary actors. Despite this uniformity of content, the installations' forms vary widely. Some evoke architecture, Russian domes perhaps, recast as works of nature. Others, like that cover image, suggest natural images struggling toward artifice.
Some of Dougherty's works bring Andy Goldsworthy to mind. By focussing on one idiom only, however, Dougherty creates complexity and subtlety that experience can bring. Though not nearly as well known, Dougherty's work deserves a wider audience.
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Great photos, some ideas here could be scaled down for the extremely ambitious home arranger.Published 17 months ago by amen kahwajy
Fantastic creativity using natural materials .The only thing that beats the book is seeing it in reality .Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
With Mr. Dougherty and had a magical experience.
The beautiful pictures bring back memories and made a family keep sake to treasure.