William Wegman, painter, photographer, video artist taught us how to look, really look at a dog. He gave his beloved Weimaraners a job and they thrived. “My Weimaraners are perfect fashion models. Their elegant, slinky forms are covered in gray – and gray, everyone knows, goes with anything.” he said. His ground breaking conceptual large format polaroids starring Fay Wray poked fun at us and our times with a serious deadpan dog face. The squirrels would like Mr Wegman to know they are available for modeling gigs immediately.
Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who works with natural materials such as leaves, sand, ice, and stone. His work is often inspired by the stuff that surrounds him at any given moment. He states, “We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” Here at the edge of the wood all the animals, trees, plants and bugs create their lives within the bounty of the forest. We think Andy would approve. But please, do not try to taste the sculpture, it is food for the soul not the stomach.
Helen Levitt was one of the best street photographers of all time. She showed us those small magic moments in a gritty New York City of the 30’s and 40’s. She is particularly known for her photos of children taken in a world where television, air conditioning and the internet were yet to draw us all inside. The streets belonged to the neighborhood; they were a second living room. At the edge of the wood we particularly enjoy the image of girls entranced by soap bubbles. Helen Levitt was a triple threat, a photographer, editor and filmmaker. The squirrels admire her for her passionate career.
The Brillo Box was of much interest… so much to read on the package!
Here at the edge of the wood we are inspired by an artist who sees the beauty in everyday things, sort of like…squirrels. When asked to name which of his works was most special to him, he said it was his Campbell’s Soup Can. “I love it”, he said, adding, “I just paint things I always thought were beautiful, things you use every day and never think about…. I just do it because I like it” (cited in D. Bourdon, Warhol, New York, 1989, p. 90). Here’s to Andy, an original if there ever was one.
Here on the east end of Long Island Jackson Pollock created some of his master works at his studio and home in the Springs.The squirrels are rejoicing at the energy of his work even though this is an imitation we painted with help from the famous Golden Eagle Art Supplies in East Hampton where Jackson himself stocked up. If you go to visit the studio make sure you stop by the Springs General Store where Jackson used to trade paintings for food. Here is our favorite Jackson painting video. The squirrels particularly like the well-behaved dog.