On a recent trip to Sydney we were lucky enough to catch the Anish Kapoor show on at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This is the last week it will be on so be quick to catch it if you haven’t already as it is closing the 1 April.
If the pictures show a lot of kids…well… there were stacks of kids there – families with young children who love the arts and just happen to have kids. This is a good thing (referring to the recent grumbles and kerfuffles about children in galleries/cafes etc.) and as much as it was a little raucous, the kids interacted with the artworks like only kids can, exploring and finding new ways to look at an artwork which was an inspiring thing to see. And these works are interactive. Kapoor likes to play with visual perceptions and spaces and so the show is like a fun park of mirrors which means that sometimes the quieter works (like the roped off 1000 Names or Untitled get a bit overlooked. Aside from the novelty value of seeing yourself upside-down/100kg heavier/1 metre taller in the wavy mirrors, the work that had the most depth for me was Memory, the 24-ton corten steel sculpture which took up the space of one of the MCA rooms. From the outside it is obviously immense, but it is when you move back through the gallery and go down a side passage, and realise that the black depthless space in the hole in the wall is the inside of the work, you are privy to a secret inside mysterious space that echoes and has a life of its own – rather like being inside a whale; and then remembering the exterior of it experienced 100 metres back within the gallery space, it had a resonance that was over and above all the other works which he was exploring in works My Body Your Body 1993 and Oracle 2002. As much as the kids had fun with the mirrors, Memory for me was the culmination of the previous works in one. Here are some pics of the show:
And of course I had to add in a pic of Sydney from our trip up to the top of Centrepoint because I Just Can.