Origin

Land art is not a new thing.

Since ancient times, human beings have created objects from nature, carved and painted in stone caves, and presented natural landscapes and emotions in them in landscape paintings. In the 1960s and 1970s, some American artists went to remote suburbs to create on-site creations in an attempt to challenge the increasingly market-oriented gallery system at the time. Their creations focused on the connection with nature, mainly drawn from mountains, rivers, and earth, and their works were classified as such. It is "Land Art". Today, contemporary art is not confined to a certain form, and land art is not limited to its early forms. The form is uncertain, but it is still inseparable from nature.

What can the land and art of Hong Kong be like?

At the beginning of 2016, Art Home held two Sustainable Fests, bringing together interested people from different backgrounds, taking nature as a teacher, and retrieving the connection with the earth for us who have been accustomed to a civilized life for too long.

In the autumn and winter of 2017, Art Home continued the concept of Yuanye and organized a six-month "Breath of the Wild" land art camp. A total of two public lectures on land art and five large-scale camp creation activities were held. Ten people came from different sectors. Local artists from, led one hundred and seventy participants on the outskirts of Lantau Island and Sai Kung to make individual and collective creations in the form of sculpture, building, and assembly. Beach painting, use of abandoned aluminum cans and dead twigs for baking charcoal, use tourist footprints and beach garbage in Bai La Bay to build pictures, use mud and cow dung to burn pottery, etc.

Art Home tried to launch the Breath of the Wild Series for the first time in 2013. The plan at that time could not be realized due to resource and location problems. In the following years, other art groups also tried to hold outdoor creative camps. Speaking of which, it has been five years. Long. We hope to share with the public the gains of organizing the art camp, including creation results, site selection review, outdoor precautions, and reflections from different friends. All these are important experiences for us and a reference for everyone. .

 

What will happen to the land and art of Hong Kong in the future?

 

Friends who have the same beliefs, I hope that in the future, life will be with you at different levels and breathe in the wild.

It's been decades since land art was considered novel.

Since ancient times, humankind has been borrowing materials from nature to create things. Not only would they sculpture and paint inside caves, but they would also present natural scenery and the emotions of being inside it on landscape paintings. During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of American artists started mobilizing themselves to the vast and remote regions to create a series of site-specific artworks in response to the ruthless commercialization of the gallery system. Their works, created mostly out of resources found in mountains, streams, ocean, forest , etc., are categorized as'land art' for their necessary connections with the nature. Today, contemporary art does not confine itself to a specific form. Similarly, land art does not confine itself to its earlier state. In spite of that, land art still retains a close affinity to nature.

Land and art in Hong Kong: what can they be like?

In 2016, Art Together organized two Sustainable Fest, gathering urbanites from all backgrounds to return to the mother nature through a series of art celebrations.

In the fall of 2017, with a view to furthering the spirit of sustainable living, Art Together launched the 6-month “Breathe in the Nature” Land Art Camp, hoping to bring together the city dwellers and its natural assets. In total the group has organized two public introductory talks on land art and five large-scale camping series in Lantau Island and Sai Kung. Out of natural resources such as rock, wood and soil, a hundred and seventy participants created their sculptures, collages, installations, etc. under respective guidance of ten local artists from various artistic backgrounds. Interesting examples include circle drawing on the morning Sai Wan with trunks and human body as centre, charcoal baking with canned dry wood pieces, a collage of footsteps and wastes found on Pak Lap Wan, pottery baking with mud and cow dung, etc.

Art Together first initiated “Breathe in the Nature” series in 2013, but did not realize it due to financial reasons. The following years saw a scatter of land art camps attempted by local art groups- it has been five years by now. By sharing our art camp experience this time, we hope to inspire and facilitate land art attempts in Hong Kong.

 

In the future, what will make our land and art in Hong Kong?

 

Hope to see you in nature.

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