Arts Visual Arts Site Specific Art

Site-Specific or Environmental Art is an art form, particularly known from the 1960s, in which the artist creates a three-dimensional space that involves the spectators and is often involved with several sensory stimulations, such as visual, auditory, kinetic, tactile, and sometimes olfactory. Environments can be in the nature of assemblage including figures made by the artist or objects of everyday life, or transformations of the natural landscape

Another form of environmental art includes the earthworks form which integrates the artwork into the physical terrain (Land Art). Materials such as rocks, sticks, soil, plants and so on are often used, and the works frequently exist in the open and are left to change and erode under natural conditions.

The Guggleheim Museum defines Site-specific or Environmental art as "an artist's intervention in a specific locale, creating a work that is integrated with its surroundings and that explores its relationship to the topography of its locale, whether indoors or out, urban, desert, marine, or otherwise. - The term also applies to an environmental installation or sculpture created especially for a particular gallery space or public site."

" Environmental art is grounded in an ethos that focuses on interrelationships. These relationships include not only physical and biological pathways but also the cultural, political and historical aspects of ecological systems." (Wallen & Lerner)

For sites focusing primarily on Installations that are not Site-Specific, please suggest the site to Arts/Visual_Arts/Installation_Art.

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Arnold, Ulrike
The German born artist travels to remote sites to create rock paintings in situ, or mixed with a transparent binder to produce works on canvas. Includes index of art and projects and exhibitions.
Dannenbeck Studios
Gallery of site specific sculptures and tile installations.
den Arend, Lucien
Sculpture, land art and site specific sculptures by the Finnish/Dutch artist. Includes exhibitions and publications.
Dixon, Jon
Gallery of site-specific art works of the sculptor in his outdoor Australian studio, Lyons Sculpture Park. Includes a brief biography.
Entwistle, Trudi
Land artist making both permanent and temporary sculptures which integrate within their surroundings. Provides photographic index of works, biography and reviews.
Erskine, Peter
Photographic examples of solar spectrum environmental art. The architectural installations are displayed in the USA, Italy, Germany, England and Northern Ireland.
Frost, Stuart Ian
Sculptor and environmental artist with the interest for the physical character of natural objects. Biography, portfolio, and listing of exhibitions.
Guggenheim Collection - Site-Specific Art/Environmental Art
Gallery of art works by various artists with commentary, provenance and exhibition history.
History of Site-Specificity in Art
Paper by Gillian McIver about late 20th century artists who have chosen to interact directly with the locality by siting their work in public or formerly public places. [PDF]
Hunter, Stanton
Site specific works, often referencing architecture and/or geology/geological formations. Includes artist's biography and gallery.
Leventon, Rosie
Land art, installations and sculpture that interweaves a kind of personal archaeology with that of contemporary society and physical places. Portfolio, curriculum vitae and artist's statement.
Luna Nera
Site specific mixed media and installation art by London based group. Includes artist pages, projects and history.
Red Earth
Project list and recent projects for the artist-led environmental arts group creating experimental outdoor site-specific installations and performances.
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