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By Fiona Reid
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Goldsworthy at the gallery

ANDY Goldsworthy’s Winter Harvest exhibition can now be seen at Kirkcudbright Galleries.

Goldsworthy OBE is based near Thornhill and is an internationally renowned sculptor and photographer, best known for his site-specific work with natural materials such as ice, snow and stone.

The show in the Mitchell Gallery features a selection of his early photographic works, including Winter Harvest, which was created as a large-scale book and is now framed for gallery display.

Andy Goldsworthy studied at Bradford College of Art and Preston Polytechnic. Most of his life has been spent in the north of England, either in Yorkshire or Cumbria, during which time he worked for a period as a gardener. In 1983 he moved to Langholm in the borders, and later settled in Dumfriesshire.

This exhibition displays early photographs of his extraordinary sculptures in the natural world, using only materials which he finds around him. These refined, yet highly complex constructions are something that appeal to all ages. His connection to the natural landscapes and their elemental changes is a theme that runs throughout this exhibition, of which he said: “Working with nature means working on nature’s terms. I cannot stop the rain falling or a stream running. If I did, it would no longer be raining and the stream would dry up. Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work.”

Cllr Ian Blake has already been and said: “Andy is an internationally renowned artist, residing in our beautiful rural area that gives us opportunities to consider and rethink how we view nature.”

The exhibition is on show until 2 June.

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