Sam Richardson, his work that I know
I uploaded a couple of images of Sam’s work yesterday – he’s one of the artists in California who I admire most. I love this early sculptural work and also his interesting approach to environmental art. I may have trouble finding images for him, this work somehow fell out of favor in the last forty years. I wonder why? Fortunately the world is such that good work stays around to be discovered anew each time another person experiences it.
For this body of work the Smithsonian has the following story on their website:
Sam Richardson’s Sierra Series was the result of a happy accident. While traveling across the country, a storm caused his plane to change direction and fly over an area of the Rockies. Richardson had seen the mountains from the ground before, and always had been fascinated with the formation of the snowdrifts, but seeing these from above gave him a new perspective. Pieces in the Sierra Series are composed from a thin layer of plastic that has been formed and painted to resemble delicate peaks and ridges of snow.
This is a story I have read in other places and also heard from Sam himself. His first-person telling of it, filled with the enthusiasm of discovery was quite charming. Imagine the old days, in a propeller plane traveling over mountains and thinking. Remember what we know about James Turrell and his plane-bound discoveries. Cool.
Link to Rocor’s Flickr stream here.
As and if I find additional images, and perhaps scan or photograph the catalogs that I have, I’ll put up more about Richardson.