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“Agricultural Art” for the Future

  In the United States, people are becoming more and more interested in simple country art, and it may become
  
  one “country art” is mentioned, most people think of Grandma Moses’ landscape paintings, Panamanian costumes and Indian The weather icon of people. The country art, such as rural sculpture, melon and fruit sculpture, and crop painting, which are in fashion in the United States, has been hailed as a return to simplicity and future-oriented agricultural civilization, and has become a trendy art and emerging tourism, which is favored and respected by people.   According to
  
the US “Time” magazine, Sotheby’s auction house held the first large-scale American 20th century country carving art auction a few years ago. Since then, this art auction has continued year after year.
  
The art and market of country carving continues to grow in the United States.
  The American Folk Art Museum also hosts a new and wonderful exhibition every year called Discovery of Country Carvings. Among them, there is a kind of living tree carving that seems to be like a Chinese “bonsai”, but the ideas of the works are all derived from Western classical culture-themes include “The Creation of Demeter”, “Persefene’s Pomegranate Dream”, “Bacchus Vine” Cane” etc. There are also many such contemporary works that are not bound by tradition.
  The auction of Sotheby’s country carvings is fascinating. Major country artists of the 20th century, such as Finster Hawkins, the late Bill Traylor, etc. have works at auction, each selling for $30,000 to $100,000, which is certainly not the same as the trendy supernatural. compared to the selling price of the artwork. However, Sotheby’s artist Druckman said: “Each auction is an exciting event – as country carving art adapts to the ‘return to nature’ mentality and leads to the development of a new art, it attracts There are many buyers and collectors who have never been interested in and know little about country art.”
  
  Melon and Fruit Shape Character Art
  
  The unique “melon and fruit shape character image” in the world is also becoming a new trend in country art in the United States.
  ”Fruit shaping” is a country plant modeling art invented by a toy designer in Cincinnati, USA. The 32-year-old Tverdel once worked as a part-time worker on a farm, and since then came up with the idea of ​​sculpting characters with edible vegetables and fruits.
  There is a certain plasticity to plant cultivation — and it’s a homegrown art that people haven’t discovered yet, according to Twerder, who first experimented with planting a vegetable sprout in a bottle and tubular vessel, which matured into a tube shape. . Then he succeeded in growing pumpkins in Pepsi bottles.
  Now, when he fiddles with vegetables and fruits, he turns them into vivid faces, and the creation of famous people can produce outstanding art more than ordinary people. The effect, its vivid effect is jaw-dropping. Things like “Nixon had a protruding nose, Eisenhower had a comfy air, Clinton had a special mouth, melon reagans, pumpkin bushes and bushes . . . and cucumber hearts, corn and eggplants. Shaped beast ears and naughty children, etc.
  Every time the “Melon and Fruit Sculpture” is harvested, Tverdel puts his art on the market for $9.95 each. Although the price is not high, it is more expensive than Common vegetables and fruits cost as much as 10 to 50 times more.
  
  Crop Landscape Art
  
  Norman Gregg stands in the middle of a field on his 500-acre Dutchess farm, now an unfinished “crop landscape” “Artwork – a labyrinth of growing sorghum, with paths in the middle for people to walk, maybe these paths are easy to get lost. Although this green gauze tent is only 3 feet high now, it will be 2 months later. It would be 8 feet tall. Then it would be a perfect work of art. It would be tall enough to drown anyone who entered the maze. In fact, the Crop Labyrinth was visited right after the crops were sown. Art.
  He raises a herd of dairy cows, and also grows fruits, vegetables and various flowers. These are all “materials” for shaping various landscape arts, and are also sold to tourists who appreciate the crop scenery and like to “picked by themselves”. This year, Greg and 13 other farmers in the Dutchess region have created giant, lifelike landscapes and sculptures from crops and soil on their farms again and again.
  Some of their work is a herd of cows looming from the road, an American flag, or an image of a quilt, a few pumpkins, a green apple with a worm on it, and even a tour of New York State. Industry logo: “I love New York”. On the plane, all of these landscapes are in full view. The idea for Dutchess crop landscape art came to Greg while reading an article about Stan Hurd, who is considered a pioneer in crop art. For one, he lived on a 160-acre property near Dodge City, Kansas, and used crops to make a portrait of Santata, a 19th-century Kaiwa Indian chief. Since then, it has created a precedent for crop art.
  
  The art of crop painting
  
  In fact , Stan Hurd is also the originator of “crop painting”. In 1989, Heard created a 20-acre “crop painting” – “Sunflower” on the land of his hometown based on Van Gogh’s famous painting “Sunflower”. The sunflower in the picture is composed of more than 10 acres of sunflowers in full bloom, the vase is composed of hemp fields, and the soybean field is the tablecloth in the painting.
  The 52-year-old Hurd was born into a peasant family in the United States. Currently, he uses dark brown soil as his canvases and paints grass, safflower, various flowers, green corn stalks and pumpkins. The paintbrush is the tractor, plow and pruning machine he uses to “grow” in the farmland a picture of vibrant crop art. These pictures have several acres or even dozens of acres, and people can appreciate its artistic charm on the plane or on the mountain.
  In order to “plant” a huge art painting of crops, Hurd first drew the idea on the coordinate paper, and then took a small plane to inspect the “painting field”, and then cooperated with the farmers who volunteered to cultivate the land, sow, shovel and shovel according to the coordinates. Retouching, it takes about 3 months to complete a crop painting.
  The magnificent crop art is wonderful in that the picture scene changes with the weather and seasons, and it is changing with each passing day.
  
  ”Harvest Integral” and “Zeus God Bull”
  
  However, the American art world believes that “country art” such as country carving, melon and fruit shaping, crop painting and crop landscape, this vague term is difficult to define, and some people give It adds a lot of polish.
  As one scholar pointed out: “country art” must be “primitive, plain, unprofessional, native, wild, folk, popular, rustic, spontaneous, superficial, simple, regional, impersonal, fanciful, domesticated, dialectic, isolated, national, uneducated”.
  And Robert Bishop, director of the American Folk Art Museum, said: “This art is too difficult to define – it belongs to the new era of civilized agriculture, and it overwhelms people.”
  However, who is also a Dutchess area farm “The reason ‘country art’ is so difficult to define — is that it has never been seen before in American history,” said Greg, chairman of the committee. “I think it’s the first of a 21st century civilized agriculture initiative.”
  Greg is so passionate about “civilized agricultural art” that his second work is growing and construction is just beginning on the third. The one that’s growing is called Harvest Collection, and it’s a 1.5-acre pumpkin patch now densely covered in green pumpkin vines, dotted with corn stalks and scarecrows.
  He also designed a black-and-white image of a Holstein cattle on a one-acre meadow. He plans to use about 5,000 chrysanthemums to complete this work – the dark purple represents the black hair part, and the white chrysanthemum is mixed with the body of the cow, and the red chrysanthemum forms the eyes of the “Zeus bull”.
  
  More innovative “Agricultural New Civilization”
  
  Greg is working hard to find more civilized ways for agriculture and farmers in the Dutchess area to promote the new development of artistic agriculture. One of the innovative ways is to create civilized tourism agriculture, leisure agriculture, and landscape agriculture through crop art.
  Now in the Dutchess area, many farms have begun to abandon tradition. Farmers are also becoming artists. On 82nd Avenue in Stamfordville, Mike Doyle, manager of Rogerriff Farms, created a 200-foot-long green “Black Angus Cow” from head to tail by planting within the cow’s contours Put safflower grass and plant another shade of green grass around it.
  ”Our intent is to draw attention to the dynamic and changing agricultural civilization of the Dutchess region,” Greg said. “We’re in a region where people are redefining agriculture.” And there’s no outside funding for this. The cost of helping farmers is also negligible.
  Farmer Elizabeth Ryan Zimmerman teamed up with three artists at Clinton Corners’ Brigitte Hill Orchard and West German Mill. Another Caroline farm was involved in the design of the more innovative “New Civilization of Agriculture” at 2 Acres. They adopted rural arts such as country carving, melon and fruit shaping, crop landscape and crop painting. For example: Stephen Faratko designed an arch out of corn, gourds, various seeds and fruits; Claude Bay created a sculpture out of used tractor parts. “People don’t think of farmers as artists, but they are country artists,” Greg said.

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