Ian Hamilton Finlay: Selections, Edited and with an Introduction by Alec Finlay (Rating: 2 - 16 votes)
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Since September 1993, Robin Gillanders has been photographing the neo-classical garden of internationally renowned artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay. The Garden, Little Sparta, at Dunsyre in the Pentland Hills, is a modern conception of a classical garden with sculptures, stone inscriptions and other artifacts placed within the landscape. Robin Gillanders' beautiful photographs are a personal response to this remarkable environment, composed over a number of years and through different seasons, during which he familiarized himself with the garden's topography and Finlay's poetry and thought. As he came to know the place, there is a growing spiritual and imaginative response and, with this, a sense of permission to explore the landscape on his own terms. This sense of possibilities opening before him echoes Finlay's observation: A garden is not an object but a process. In celebration of this composition, the National Galleries of Scotland are publishing a limited hardcover edition of Robin Gillanders' photographs accompanied by Ian Hamilton Finlay's thoughts on gardening and a unique conversation with him about the creation of Little Sparta., -, -, Poet, gardener, and moralist, Ian Hamilton Finlay is also an artist of international stature whose remarkable originality blurs the traditional distinctions between painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ian Hamilton Finlay: A Visual Primer will be an indispensable source for readers interested in any aspect of his work. Representing Finlay as both a visual artist and a poet, this book brings together the widest range of his printed texts, photographs, and environmental work yet assembled to provide a comprehensive overview of his achievements. Finlay became known in the 1960s as Britain's foremost concrete poet and promoted this movement through his Wild Hawthorn Press, which he continues to operate. Yet he is best known for his garden at Stonypath in Lanarkshire, Scotland, one of the most celebrated of modern gardens. "Little Sparta," as the garden is now called, is an inland island constantly transformed with Neoclassical specimens relating Finlay's poem structures to a variety of landscape expressions. It uses the simple elements of plants, water, and land forms in which poem structures and emblems are points of focus to provide a visual and aesthetic education for the visitor. In this garden laboratory, Finlay has transformed the poem from something on a printed page to something akin to a work of architecture. The majority of his work (which extends to many media including cards, posters, pamphlets, portfolios, books, and photographs) is carried out in collaboration with craftspeople, artists, photographers, and architects. Like his garden, his works often imply a sharp, uncompromising critique of the contemporary cultural scene.