- «River Mud on a Dugout», 2016/2019
- Offset printing and photolithography on 210g down printing paper
- Edition of: 45
- Size of image: 56,50 cm x 37,00 cm
- Size: 66,00 cm x 42,00 cm
- Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
- CHF 860.00
In his work for Edition VFO, Richarg Long combines three important aspects of his artistic work: the experience of landscape, text and photography. The photograph was taken in 2016 during a journey through the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Poetic and minimalist, the title describes what is depicted. It shows a river landscape with a dugout canoe, which was covered with mud by locals. The use of wet earth as paint corresponds to Richard Long's "mud drawings", in which he makes imprints of his hands and fingers on various surfaces.
During the same journey, Long produced two other works closely related to this edition: The text-only work "Six Days on the Bank of the Parana do Manori", which describes the morning mood and atmosphere around the dugout, and "A Circle in the Amazon", a circular sculpture made of leaves. Richard Long was accompanied on his journey through Amazonia by his colleague Not Vital. The befriended artists resemble each other in their practice, in which they enjoy carrying out projects in different places in different ways.
Richard Long achieved international recognition as a land art artist. His sculptural interventions in nature are particularly famous, such as the drawing of a line through repeated walking back and forth in the grass ("A Line Made by Walking", 1967) or the depiction of circles with what is available on site. His text works, on the other hand, translate Long's walks into words and are reminiscent of Japanese haiku through their concise formulations and their presence. Walking plays an essential role in Long's life and has strongly influenced his work from the beginning.
Richard Long was awarded the Turner Prize in 1989. The Tate Britain dedicated a retrospective to him in 2009. In addition to the MoMA NY, the Centre Pompidou and the Tate Modern, his works are in the collections of the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, among others.