Robert Smithson, ‘Spiral Jetty’, 1970, Edward Cella Art and Architecture

This film, made by the artist, Robert Smithson, with the assistance of
Virgina Dwan, Dwan Gallery & Douglas Christmas, Director, Ace Gallery, (the
aforementioned Dwan & Christmas also assisted Smithson financially with the
making of the Spiral Jetty), is a poetic and process minded film depicting a
"portrait" of his renouned earth work -- The Spiral Jetty, as it juts into
the shallows off the shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake. A voice-over by Smithson
reveals the evolution of the Spiral Jetty. Sequences filmed in a natural
history museum are integrated into the film featuring prehistoric relics that illustrate themes central to Smithson's work.

About Robert Smithson

A pivotal figure in the evolution of post-war sculpture, Robert Smithson created iconic Land art that radically changed prevailing ideas about the making and viewing of art. Working with unconventional materials including soil, rocks, disused industrial sites, and language, the artist explored the metaphorical qualities inherent in geological formations and the process of entropy. Smithson originated what he called non-sites, referring to the exhibition of materials that have been removed from their natural geological setting and displayed in a gallery space with documentation of their origins and extraction, such as photographs and maps. His best-known work remains Spiral Jetty (1970), a large basalt formation in the shape of a coil, extending out into the waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

American, 1938-1973, Passaic, New Jersey