RICHARD LONG - INDIA

WORK IN PROGRESS - PHOTOS HERVE PERDRIOLLE

BOOK FORMAT 28X21 CM - HARDCOVER - 104 PAGES - 69 COLOR REPRODUCTIONS

A JOURNEY


The idea of inviting Richard Long and Denise Hooker to the lands of Jivya Soma Mashe, the legendary artist of the Warli tribe who passed away in 2018, came into being when I was living in India, from 1996 to 1999, during the many journeys I made there with the purpose of discovering and studying the art of the Warli tribe in the state of Maharashtra, a mere 90 miles north of Mumbai.

 

On each one of those journeys, I had a chance to take walks lasting many hours, from village to village. The landscapes in their elemental loveliness, but even more so the whole host of details resulting from human activities in nature, imperceptibly conjured up Land Art, and more specifically the work of Richard Long - it, too, in its elemental loveliness.

 

This, then, is how the idea behind this invitation to Richard Long for his first travel in India in 2003 was born, or rather germinated, journey after journey, season after season. Hervé Perdriolle

A BOOK

 

Richard Long is an English sculptor and one of the best-known British land artists. Richard Long is the only artist to have been short-listed four times for the Turner Prize. He was nominated in 1984, 1987 and 1988, and then won the award in 1989 for White Water Line. The Tate Britain has organised a retrospective of his work in 2009 entitled "Heaven and Earth".

 

This book gathers the photographs taken by Hervé Perdriolle in 2003 during the first trip of Richard Long in India.

Published in July 2020, it is one of the rare testimonies, along with Philip Haas' film "Stones and Flies" shot in the Sahara in 1987, that offers the possibility of viewing the work in progress of Richard Long.

PADDY FIELD CHAFF CIRCLE 
Behind Jivya Soma Mashe’s house, a pile of dry rice chaff. It is this that is used to make this work.

PADDY FIELD CHAFF CIRCLE 
Behind Jivya Soma Mashe’s house, a pile of dry rice chaff. It is this that is used to make this work.


PADDY FIELD CHAFF CIRCLE 
Behind Jivya Soma Mashe’s house, a pile of dry rice chaff. It is this that is used to make this work.


PADDY FIELD CHAFF CIRCLE 
Behind Jivya Soma Mashe’s house, a pile of dry rice chaff. It is this that is used to make this work.


One of the reasons I use the circle is that it doesn’t belong to any one person but to everyone. It’s a platonic truth of form which can be invested with many meanings from many times and cultures, which is the power of the circle. My ‘‘personal language’’ is to use universal forms although in my own original ways, which I hope is not a contradiction. I think that on one level my work is simple and open, so any person anywhere can appreciate it. 


Richard Long - interview with Jean-Hubert Martin catalogue of the exhibitions ‘‘Dialog / Un incontro, Richard Long - Jivya Soma Mashe’’ Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf 2003, and PAC, Milan 2004.

PADDY FIELD CHAFF CIRCLE 
Behind Jivya Soma Mashe’s house, a pile of dry rice chaff. It is this that is used to make this work.


PADDY FIELD CHAFF CIRCLE 
Behind Jivya Soma Mashe’s house, a pile of dry rice chaff. It is this that is used to make this work.


A WALKING AND RUNNING CIRCLE

Drawing a circle on a burnt plot of land. Walking around the outline of this circle until you can see it.

TUMERIC LINE II

Richard Long - India - Work in Progress - Photos Hervé Perdriolle

Book format 28x21 cm - hardcover - 104 pages- 69 color reproductions - 35€ + postage

©HERVE PERDRIOLLE 2020 - ISBN 978-2-9573030-0-7