Saturday, 9 September 2017

A Photo a Day #253

Gormley


Anthony Gormley has loaned two of his one hundred sculptures as part of the Triennial. The sculpture we saw is situated under one of the arches of the 1930s-built Coronation Parade chambers and involved a precarious climb along stunning (but slippery!) rocks coated with green algae to see this particular piece. Having read up on the sculptures and Gormley's intentions I can see how this location is a good fit for the concept. The sculptures themselves are oxidised, giving them a vibrant orange rusty hue with unique markings. Gormley himself says 'until they're sighted and viewed, they're not really art at all' which is a humble point of view. Many of us, even art appreciating folk, may find some of the Triennial (and indeed modern art in general) quite hit or miss. But of course that's the point- it's all about personal response and taste. That gut response is the joy of it all. Seeing the sculpture in this environment elevated it in the sense of it being more of a spectacle with the experience of negotiating the rocks and hearing the sea lap the shore close by. And that's why I recommend the Triennial: you are physically interacting with, hunting out and exploring the installations unlike a trip around the clinical environment of an art gallery.

For more reading about the installation, click here and come back tomorrow to see a photo I've worked on of those aforementioned rocks!

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