For over thirty years, British installation artist Andy Goldsworthy has received international acclaim for both his ephemeral and more permanent site-specific commissions and sculptures. The materials he uses originate in the places he chooses to work. He works with a variety of natural elements, from more temporal items like leaves, icicles and twigs to the more substantive materials such as wood and stone. Oftentimes geographically remote, as well as ephemeral, Goldsworthy’s installations are documented through stunning photography. Goldsworthy has traveled the world, from the Australian outback to the North Pole, creating installations that pay close attention to conditions both physical and historical while demonstrating the artist’s extraordinary sense of place and play. Goldsworthy’s site-specific works and commissions include: “Roof” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and “Garden of Remembrance” at the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York. His San Francisco works include “Drawn Stone” at the de Young Museum and “Spire” in the Presidio. Goldsworthy has had major solo museum exhibitions all over the world, and he was the subject of the 2003 documentary titled “Rivers and Tides.”
Steven Winn is a freelance writer and critic who spent 28 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, the last six as the paper’s Arts and Culture Critic. His work has appeared in California, Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated and others. His memoir, Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog, was published in 2009.