Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Anish Kapoor: Memory

This spectacular commission piece at the Guggenheim by artist Anish Kapoor entitled memory is quite exceptional. Its massive scale and chosen medium Cor-Ten steel provides a rigid but seemingly breathtaking effect. As the title suggests, the way the exhibition is curated undoubtedly supports the artist's appreciation and goal for minimalism and abstraction of thought or idea. The logic behind the material is that it changes within time, just as our memory of the image and image constructivism is altered by the numerous experiences we have with the object. It is quite poetic and beautiful in its concept and execution. Not only does Mr. Kapoor suggest an illusion but provides an open-ended piece that formally addresses the audience to interpret and perceptually analyze the object in person. It is after all an experience based installation, similar to what Olafur Elliason would usually suggest in his works. 

What I enjoy the most out of my experience with Memory is how the image and the experience is broken up into three very different experiences. Its like eating a chocolate chip cookie. You take three big bites and each of that bite would provide a different sensory experience and set off a different mood. You'll never know how much or how little chocolate chip you get, but what stays with you is the taste of the cookie itself. Its a funny example, but it works perfectly with his work. In gestalt theory, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. I think with this piece, he has successfully captured the essence of the present, the past and the future. All three categories combined, it defines the entire experience and takes it to the next level: poetry behind the thought.

*WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get*

Memory is a commission piece made possible with the collaboration between Guggenheim Museum and Deutsche Bank Art Interval series. The exhibition will last until March 2010.

Artist: Anish Kapoor | Image source: twi-ny

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