Friday, July 27, 2007

Also in London

  • Time drinking wine with friends

  • Time to limp along the Thames path (note to's worth taking the extra time to change out of holey tights - nylon burns create truly wonderful blisters). Another time take a bike.

Both Hugger Steward and I were enthralled, and have come home fired with ideas for filling a room sized perspex cube with dry ice as an alt worship installation. Being inside this (the eponymous Blind Light) was a most extraordinary experience. No landmarks. Nothing to orientate around. Even your hands look unfamiliar as they stretch out in search of a wall, that turns out to be only inches away. Strangers brush up against you, then vanish again.
Damp underfoot, or it really would be the perfect "no distractions" prayer space that we ENFPs have been looking for all our lives.

Gormley's work is all about space - as defined in terms of the human body
"Within the exhibition, space is defined and articulated by crowds and solitary figures, concrete, steel, cast iron or lead; representational or abstract; real or imagined; and voides where bodies could be. In encoutering these presences and absences, we are asked not to be passive onlookers, but to become part of the work as we walk through or round it...."
Encountering presence or absence. Hmnn. Told you it felt like prayer.

I loved Hatch - a maze like installation featuring metal rods, protruding from walls and floor...Again, being inside was strangely disorientating while to look in from the outside was to experiment with a series of kaleidoscopes.
"Installations provide a resonating chamber in which the life of the viewer can in some way reflect upon itself. And so for me the viewer is absolutely essential, the third element. You have the work, the space and the viewer"

Outside on the roof tops for a mile around, familiar Gormley figures stood sentinel...Event Horizon. Sinister, or benevolent? I'm not sure - but definitely memorable, specially if you've been watching Dr Who.

I love the way that Gormley's work so often has this extra public dimension.
He invites those who'd not naturally think of visiting a gallery to enter a relationship with his figures...You never just look at his work. It involves you, whatever your expectations. It even follows you home!


the reverend mommy said...

Sounds cool.

Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it.

Caroline said...

Glad you enjoyed your London day.


Serena said...

I thoroughly loved Gormley's exhibition, too. (Went on the same day as seeing Mr Bostridge, oh my!) Blind Light as altworship sounds inspired to me :)

Paul said...

Kathryn, dry ice is solid carbon dioxide. Filling an enclosed space with it wouldn't be very safe! I think you might have a lot of worshippers struggling to breathe or worse. The concentration of CO2 in the air doesn't have to be very high before breathing becomes depressed.
I don't think you want to do your youth group in?

Kathryn said...

I know, Paul....but I think that IS what Gormley used. There were lots of notices warning against going inside if you were asthmatic etc and it did make one cough and splutter a little...but not so much as to be distracting. Research needed...But no, no deaths among the youth group. They are a consistent source of joy...(leaving the rest to speak for itself;-) )

Sally said...

wow I need to go and see that exhibition! Thanks for this