Visited the Lucian Freud Drawing exhibition at Blain|Southern to see his progression from drawings at a young age through to his more recent work. This exhibition gives a new insight into his skill as a draftsman, showing many different drawing techniques and mark making. Freud’s ability to capture the characteristics and emotions of his subjects in such detail bring the compositions to life.
Surasi Kusolwong is currently being exhibited at the MoMa PS1 in Long Island City, New York. Kusolwong explores economical and social topics in his work which “encourages social interaction over economic exchange.” This installation piece is a room filled with mounds of wool, thread and waste fabrics. Within this there are several gold necklaces hidden in the twist and folds of the materials. Those who find the necklaces can keep them, although whilst I was there none had been found yet and the exhibition started in November.
This piece is very interactive and tactile, encouraging visitors to play and become involved in the work.
“While the literal treasure hunt in a field of excess serves as a metaphor for consumption at the global and individual level, it also inverts standard systems of exchange—the expensive gold necklaces are not sold nor bartered, but generously given away.”
Surasi Kusolwong’s exhibition finishes April 2nd, 2012.
I was amazed by the Zimoun: Volume exhibition in bitforms gallery, New York. Zimoun created a site-specific installation based on prepared dc- motors and cardboard boxes. Zimoun plays with your senses, particularly your sight and sound, using movement to engage you.
‘Pulsing rhythmically, each unit in the system reverberates with its own sense of purpose and timing. Temporal microstructures emerge and shift, made visible by collective behavior. With minimalist and low-tech means, Zimoun constructs a blank zone of play utilizing repetition and the physical pressure of vibration.’
Zimoun’s choice of basic materials give an interesting twist to the exhibition which proved to be very refreshing, stimulating and exciting.
After meeting Michael DeLucia in his studio I became excited to see his work in situ. I went to the Sculpture Centre in Long Island City and saw the exhibition ‘In Practice: You never look at me from the place from which I see you’. DeLucia creates sculptural drawings carved intricately in wood. His drawings and sculptures are made with CAD (computer-aided design) software giving three dimensional effects to the work. The raw textures created in the wood contrast the regimented designs which draw you into his captivating pieces.
Whilst in New York I visited the MoMa where I became amazed by the mass of work they exhibited. I particularly found this piece by Thomas Schütte very interesting. Schütte uses an untraditional way to present his work titled “Low Tide Wandering (Wattwanderung)” which is comprised of 139 etchings which take up the whole space. You instantly become involved in the installation as you have to duck in and around the pieces in order to see the detail of the work. I personally think that this is a really refreshing take of presenting work turning it into a sculptural installation.