Anish Kapoor

10 October – 10 November 2012
29 & 52-54 Bell Street

Lisson Gallery held a major exhibition of new works by Anish Kapoor. Spanning both the gallery’s spaces on Bell Street, London, the exhibition marks 30 years of Lisson Gallery working together with the Turner-prize winning artist and provides a thorough exposition of Kapoor’s most recent work.

Anish Kapoor’s development in sculpture is defined by his illusionary void, within the Double Mirror installation. Through the use of his non-traditional approach, he has challenged the social concern with identity. .

Kapoor’s new work uses earth’s textures, like coral, stone, pigment and minerals as a medium, bringing a grounded other-worldliness in comparison to the sleek metals and mirror of his other work.  However the pieces still evoke a feeling of a loss of space or being lost in space, with large rock fixtures resembling moon craters and dark fiberglass domes like visions into black holes. Some of the sculptures still characteristically loom outside in the sculpture garden, but most take up the many rooms of the gallery, a maze of foreign but connected objects to be peered at from above on table surfaces or floor or witnessed in a fully transformed room.

Her Later works which were exhibited  saw large-scale installations negotiating and negating space, seeming to swallow the ground whole, yet, at other times, collapsing in on themselves into a void, or creating a new space hovering between the work and its viewer.

Kapoor’s most recent artistic innovations continue this inevitable duality, contrasting the earthbound and the transcendental. The Lisson Gallery exhibition presents for the first time a new series of earth works of varied formats: table sculptures modelling micro and macro-landscapes, wall and floor sculptures evoking the natural forms of rock and coral, and works on canvas coated with pigments mined from the earth in a gritty take both on painterly traditions and on Kapoor’s own earlier pigment sculptures and void forms. Other works include new concrete sculptures; Kapoor’s first major sculpture using a readymade object; and a room designed to induce a powerful sensation of unease. Together they complete a complex and varied body of new explorations of experience and form.Outside in the Lisson’s sculpture yard sits an imposing large-scale sculpture made of Corten steel, the same material used both for ‘Memory’. This piece in particular is what I loved mot about her work. The natural change due to the environment changed the texture and colour of the material, from dusty grey to an of colour orange. I love how the natural environment not only changed the sculpture but changed its appearance over time. This concept of having a material continuously changing over time gives a different outlook on the sculpture its self. The changing involvement of its form gives an amazing example how without man changing nature takes its course and creates a new visual experience.

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