Jim Denevan

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Published on: 7 July 2008

Jim Denevan è un land artist. Disegna su sabbia e su laghi salati asciutti. E disegna forme colossali interamente a mano, camminando per miglia e miglia, senza accurati strumenti di misura.

Con il suo intervento marca un luogo, stabilisce relazioni di distanza, crea un paesaggio da percepire ed esplorare in un ambiente altrimenti piatto. Un paesaggio la cui esistenza è effimera perché le sua tracce vengono cancellate dall’acqua e dal vento e alla fine non ne resta nulla.


Jim Denevan makes freehand drawings in sand. At low tide on wide beaches Jim searches the shore for a wave tossed stick. After finding a good stick and composing himself in the near and far environment Jim draws– laboring up to 7 hours and walking as many as 30 miles. The resulting sand drawing is made entirely freehand w/ no measuring aids whatsoever. From the ground, these drawn environments are experienced as places. Places to explore and be, and to see relation and distance. For a time these tangible specific places exist in the indeterminate environment of ocean shore. From high above the marks are seen as isolated phenomena, much like clouds, rivers or buildings. Soon after Jim’s motions and marks are completed water moves over and through, leaving nothing

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