raking art – earthworks of andres amador

It’s too early in the year for a serious venue design review, and as its summer holidays in the Southern Hemisphere, so I am keeping my focus beachy. I recently came across the artist Andres Amador from California and was very inspired by his massive temporal canvases created with sand as his medium, and a rake as his brush.

Andres works are supersized organic or geometric pieces of graphic design, that last only until the next high tide wipes them away. The works focus the viewer on the nature of impermanence, serving as a reminder that the act of art creation and the memory of the experience, is its own reward. Rather than the possession of the completed piece. The walk on canvasses create wonder and encourages a personal engagement, as the observer experiences the land, sea, sky an changing light, together with the art. Many of his works mimic naturally occurring geological earth patterns and rock fissures found in coastal areas, drawing attention to the awesomeness of nature.

How does he create such seemingly deliberate and monumental  patterns on a walk on canvas where he can never move away to view his works from a distance? Then again how did the ancient architects plan out their cities and set out the footprints for their monuments and temples?

It’s all about the act of creation. An active meditation in the process.

Prints of his work are available on order from the website

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