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Richard Long

Angles Gallery

Known for his melancholy treks across barren and remote landscapes, “earthworks” memorialized in stunning black and white photographs, Richard Long brings only traces of his wanderings to this exhibition, consisting primarily of mud “paintings” on paper. These images do not so much represent external ideas about nature as symbolize some higher transcendental truth.

Long literally domesticates and estheticizes nature. In fact, the only piece not decorously contained as a work on paper is the scatological Mississippi Mud Line (all works 1992)—swirls of mud smeared like adult finger-paints in a linear shape over a doorway. But even the calculatedly“disruptive” spatters along the wall down to the floor fail to lend the work any spontaneity, though the piece appears to be a bridge to Long’s previous ritualistic encounters with the natural landscape.

The mud-on-paper works are curiously

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