Film Review: ‘Leaning Into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy’ Profiles the Artist and His Muse

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CHICAGO – The British artist Andy Goldsworthy is a true “outsider” artist, because many of his works are rooted in the grown-and-death cycles of the great outdoors. He is described as a sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, but many of his art creations use materials available in any wooded area, based on a connection to nature combined with a creative soul. This is profiled in the second film about him from the same director, “Leaning Into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy.”

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This is a followup documentary film to “Rivers and Tides - Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time” (2001) by director Thomas Riedelsheimer, who also directs “Leaning Into the Wind.” The director obviously loves his subject, as the film is a valentine to Goldworthy’s methods and completed works. This functions as a study of both how perhaps ancient civilizations invented art, and the collaboration that the artist has using the natural environment as his media. Goldsworthy is a fascinating man as well, mellow as a guru and several times as meditative and philosophy.

The film begins with artist Andy Goldsworthy (referred to as AG for the rest of the review) exploring a new use for manure and clay, which forms a hard surface that a poorer family uses as a floor. He uses this technique in a new installation, which is a dead tree that is preserved forever within that clay, and integrated into a building. This serves to introduce the artist, and his assistant daughter Holly, as he describes his journey and truth.

“Leaning Into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy” continues its limited release at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago through April 5th, 2018. Click here for details. See local listings for other theaters and show times. Featuring Andy Goldsworthy. Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer. Rated “PG

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