Richard Long Great Britain, b. 1945

"My art is the essence of my experience, not a representation of it."

- Richard Long

 

 

"Dust, Dobros, Desert Flowers" is an artist book with 7 etching-aquatints executed by master printmaker Jacob Samuel, issued in a slipcase by Richard Long and published by The Lapis Press in 1987. Includes two textual works composed by Long, "Death Valley dust" and "Desert flowers", related to his walks in Death Valley and the Joshua Tree (Calif.) vicinity. Sound disc: A round of desert flowers / Richard Long ; dobro played by Simon Childs. "Produced by Audio Arts, London, 1987." Side A: "Straight version." Side AA: "Bottle neck dobro."
 

Although best known for site specific work and sculpture, Richard Long's collaborations with The Lapis Press are pure examples of the artist's practice and genius.  From the action of a walk to the temporary placement of stones along the way, from piles of stones placed on the gallery floor to mud smeared upon the walls with his hands, Richard Long helped redefine sculpture in the 1970s.

 

For Long, the landscape is at once the medium and subject of his work. He travels to challenging and remote terrains, documenting long walks with text and photographs, while leaving piles of rocks and other ephemeral installations behind him. Long’s projects exist as installations, but also as memory and narrative in our imaginations.