Anish Kapoor generally is a favourite in the sitting room of chez SF. Basically he does bloody great big sculptures which are beyond the means of mere mortals, both in terms of imagination and cold card cash.
Hi latest piece for Kochi-Muziris Biennale, it is called Descension and is a huge swirling water whirlpool on the floor in a gallery. It looks pretty epic and mesmeric and very Kapoor in a not very Kapoor kind of fashion. If you understand our slightly around the houses logic.
Here is a little video to show you it in all it’s glory… with some ill fitting music
When Kapoor creates these pieces we almost forgive him for the abomination at the London 2012 Olympic stadium…. almost but not quite
The exhibition is called James Cauty, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Parts I and II, part of the Frieze month of art in London town and quite something to behold.
James Cauty has created a politically aggravated piece which shows a cityscape once it has been ravaged by some form of mass destruction, it appears all humans have been killed apart from the Police and the Media. Interesting that the only ones to survive would be those who would control the message and the fallout of such a disaster.
The Arch 402 gallery on Cremer St nr Hoxton tube features a just one piece and it is impressive in it’s size and scale, it is at chest height so you are looking at the scenes unfurl at a perfect height. Amongst the destruction there are little signs of humour such as the KFC sign changed to say ‘Jimmy made us do it’ (as in Savile) or one of the Police figures playing golf as the city burns, or the masses of Police feasting at Burger King and playing on a slide or numerous other pieces that you can find yourself.
Another little side note is to say that Mr Cauty is formerly one half of KLF and also a part of Orb.
Somewhere you can eat, somewhere you can have a coffee, somewhere for the kids to play, somewhere for inst-twat pictures.
Each year an artistic type is invited to design something for the Serpentine Pavilion and for 2013 it is the brilliant light filled structure by Sou Fujimoto. Simple white frame, glass and light creates something quite epic that you spot from such a distance.
Anish Kapoor divides opinion, clearly talented and possessing the vision and confidence to create truly awe inspiring pieces of quite ridiculous scale and grandeur. On one hand his use of a huge variety of materials and ideas is brilliant, on the other the epitome of vulgarity in modern art that is the ArcelorMittal Orbit….. or that bloody great eyesore slide thing next to the Olympic Stadium in London’s Eastend.
The main room
With this in mind a visit to Kapoor’s first foray in Berlin was an exciting / galling prospect. SF need not have worried as it was quite wonderful, varied, gigantic, ridiculous and thoroughly worthwhile. Even if it was tricky getting a few stolen pictures on the iPhone. Never will I understand why galleries stop you from taking a couple of picture momentos.
Kapoor has over his career forged an impressive reputation and body of work and as a Turner Prize winner he has been noted as one of the most important artists of his time.
His exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau comprises of almost 70 pieces from sculpture to wax models, to mirrors, to some huge spaced out bouncy castle to a canon to shoot huge paint pot side bullets into a corner of the room. SF likes.
Paint canon indoors
Here is what the Guardian found out when they spoke to the man himself
It is usually 2D, might look 3D but usually it is paint on walls. That is how graffiti has always been, but it is the most flexible of art forms and as such the idea of making it into a 3D sculpture piece is one that is probably natural and it certainly a brilliant one.
A certain Evan Roth took the idea of creating a sculpture through the form of live graffiti artists, using the 1983 documentary Style to then map tags and then create a physical object form. The sculptures are finished in chrome dipped ABS thermoplastic
Anish Kapoor is one of our most well known sculptors, regardless of what you think about that big slide at the Olympic stadium, he creates some pretty impressive stuff.
The sheer scale of his collections often make the work impressive, in this collection at the respected Lisson Gallery is not so much about the size but the form and the perception created using different shapes, density and colour tones. The senses are hightened by the distortion of the shapes, meaning that your eyes are tricked into misjudging depth, the tunnel balls outside reverberate you voice so it feels as if it is coming from behind you
This exhibition is only on for one month until November 10th, a short a sweet run indeed.
Noble & Webster – I heard about this duo a little while ago so it was with baited breathe that I waited for the next opportunity to see their work in person. It arrived in the shape of Nihilistic Optimism at Blain Southern.
Many artists are too studious, too serious, too up their own fucking arse…. no names mentioned ahem. Tim Noble and Sue Webster are like the rock n roll version of artists, ones that you can well imagine living slightly in hedonistic debauchery. The now estranged couple were once married, married in fact by one Tracey Emin, the holy matrimony did not last however and for the sake of their creative partnership they had to split. Since then they still work together and thank goodness for that.
Through their Shoreditch studio designed by David Adjaye, the Dirty House, they have created some of the most visually striking pieces I have seen.
On first site the constructs look like industrial piles, thrown together with abandon and with more of a maverick approach, but once shine the bright light through the shapes at the correct angle something beautiful appears across the wall.
Each of the pieces when placed together in a certain order with the correct spacing will shine a silhouette
SF does not own a big studio to house one their pieces but we are currently considering removing all the lounge furniture in order to house one of these creations.