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Nights (and days) on the Toon (Newcastle) Art at the Baltic, Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP), PAST PLACES with tags , , , on August 17, 2009 by echostains

Sarah-Sze tilting planet

Sarah-Sze tilting planet

Whilst at the Baltic centre for Contemporary Art, I discovered an artist whose work I had never come across before.  I really enjoyed American artist Sarah Sze’s installation  ‘Tilting Planet’.I found this work very engaging, thought provoking and inspiring.  Can you tell that I am quite taken with this artist lol!  I made some notes whilst viewing the work; –

orderly disorder: a new order?

orderly disorder: a new order?

“Sarah Sze uses a mixture of found and everyday objects, placing them in very unusual ways.  These force a interaction between the object and the viewer.  The spaces and patterns that are formed and the negative spaces left also form a narrative.  Lots of strings run around the room everywhere, forming tracks and boundaries and also act as a guide to which direction to take.

small ecosystems co exist side by side

small ecosystems co exist side by side

Grass blades grow through baskets.  The sound of running water can be heard.  Space is a consideration, both enclosed and boundaries.  A string impedes  a fan’s oscillating movement.  It makes me reflect on the way that small nuances can effect bigger issues.

meaningful things

meaningful things

Colour swatches fan out in gradients, gradually fading away to nothing. Environmental issues: stones leaving a mark on the floor: a natural footprint.  Blue pins, coloured pillows: all connected in some ways to each other.  Pairings of leaves with polystyrene fishes form riddles.

the new planet

the new planet

Water bottles, half hidden, peep from a torn cotton sheet, whilst jotters and office supplies  are piled in an orderly way.  Around the corner, sticky taped chairs and tool boxes are all bound up.  A red chair lies on its side also taped.  Some of the plastic water bottles have been cut so they look like they are growing out of the floor.

global warming or spontaeneous combustion?

global warming or spontaeneous combustion?

An Anglepoise lamps shines down through paper with a hole in it onto another Anglepoise lamp whose beam is throwing  light upwards.  Underneath lies a fire extinguisher.  All sorts of metaphors spring to mind.  There is a sense of communication, almost a code running through these little ecosystems.

There is a lot of attention to detail.  Cardboard bones and woven grass: a sense of time going backwards.  Spent matches, a heavy  suspended prism ‘writes’ in a mound of salt, surrounded by unspent matches.  There is so much to see here.  Small poems and personal stories are being written and read and form tiny windows into the whole picture. I could spend hours in here!!!  A hammer is held back by string which is trapped under a brick: tension!”

More Sarah Sze Exhibitions HERE

Sarah Sze’s ‘Tilting Planet’ at the Baltic HERE

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Art I LOVE: Damien Hirst’s ‘A Thousand Years’….His Art has Wings

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , on July 3, 2009 by echostains

A thousand years Damien Hirst

A thousand years Damien Hirst

Although grisly, I found Damien Hirst’s (b. 1965 England)  installation  ‘A Thousand Years absolutely fascinating.  Within a huge  glass case, a whole life cycle is going on.  From gestation to birth, life to death, (zapped by an insect-o-cutor, what a way to go eh).  All is lived out before the eyes of the viewer.  A small drama, of infinite importance to the life forms (maggots) that star in it.  It made me think about our own life cycle, the importance we place on stuff that in the end, doesn’t really matter.  How our time is taken up with the mundane, whilst those, not so lucky, fight  for their very survival.

Much has been written about Hirst, and not all of it flattering.  But I like his art, I like the way he pushes back the boundaries, removing some of the ‘preciousness’ out of art, whilst ironically raking it in lol!

Another of my  posts about Hirst can be seen here

Page 12 Altered art book continued Death wish: Don’t Fear the Reaper..

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by echostains

 

page-12-moon
page-12-moon

 

 

 

page 12 continued

‘He hid his own fears and wishes and only took them out in private under the eye of the moon..’

Fear of madness, fear of death, even fear of living in some cases, we all live with  fears and artists are no exception.  Some even exploit their fears: (quite lucratively in Damien’s Hirst’s case). His 1990 installation ‘In a Thousand Years’,  the life cycle of the common house fly; from the maggots hatching, eating, breeding  to being zapped and dispatched by an insect-o-cutor.

Hirst in a thousand years
Hirst in a thousand years

Reducing the dangerous and magnificent shark to a pickled carcass, preserved in formaldehyde, I think speaks volumes about our fears, the fragility of ourselves and the unimportance of  trivia in the greater picture of life.  The whole idea of being ‘hatched and dispatched’ is like coming in at the end of the film.  It is the ‘jam’, the ‘meat’ the ‘it’ in the middle: it is the LIFE that we are concerned with: what happens NOW. The title of the shark was ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ (1992) says it all.

Hirst The physical impossibility...
Hirst The physical impossibility…

   Hirst still fears death like most of us.  His 2007 piece  entitled ‘For the Love of God’, consisted of a cast of an 18th century skull encrusted with jewels which sold for £50m ($100m).  Death must be laughing all the way to the bank!

 

hirst skull Diamonds are forever?

hirst skull Diamonds are forever?