Art of survival … Antony Gormley’s Domain Field (2003). Photograph: Colin Davison
Art’s lost subject
Western culture has long positioned itself as distinct from nature. Now with climate change, argues Antony Gormley, it’s time to rethink the purpose of art.
I’ve been mulling over this article and think Antony is both right and wrong. Certainly for much of the 20th century there seems to have been a trend towards very cerebral and anthropogenically focussed contemporary practice in western Arts. Both modernism and post modernism are guilty of this, mirroring the industrial and post industrial ages. A turning away from an earlier romantic / pastoral approach? Time now then for Artists to re examine the real wider natural world around them?
Actually many artists have been doing this for a while now and certainly in the past 2 decades a gradual convergence of interdisciplinary arts practice has produced several organisations and vibrant themes of practice in this field. Ecoarts, sustainability in arts practice, landart, somatics and environmental arts. Artists have been talking about climate change for a while now I think. Has Antony missed all this? It looks like it.