Guiseppe Penone’s piece Spazio di Luce (exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery/ London until 11.08.2013) triggered following thoughts..Penone uses beeswax as a memory of action, touch of the workers that apply the wax is remembered in the marks of their fingerprints, he parallels the power of the touch with the power of water that sculpted a boulder (exhibited with mirror boulder sculpted by Penone). He says about touch, “the first experience of a child is tactile, only later does a child interpret reality with sight.” In the exhibition guide mentioned is how Penone rejects the heroic attempt to overcome nature, the artist’s humility in his enthusiastic embrace of the uncertainty, malleability and instability that lies at the heart of the natural world is evident in his work. “Spazio di Luce” for me has many different aspects and I am only beginning to understand this piece of work, no doubt will I go back to visit it.
Here thoughts on the installation for the “Art in the Garden”2013 to be installed in the plunge pool at the Rococo Garden.
Reflection and water are an important part of it,as is taking the stone down to its molecular structure.
Cotswold stone is 200million years old and is a oolite (egg stone).
As I am hoping to work with marble as it is durable outdoors. I might change the planed forms of the carving,going to research that one.
Guiseppe Penone, Whitechapel Gallery, our relationship with nature and how it can be visually experienced is potent in his work.
Mariko Mori at the Royal Academy ,what stayed with me was the simplicity and the use of colour in sculpture,took me some time to get used to and see the how it can work together.Sitting for a long time with the piece Transcircle 1.1′, reaching a place were the rhythm of the changing colours made sense, it lost for me it’s artificial harshness and connected to a meaningful place,Tom Na H-lu II’ demonstrates a supernova,stellar explosion and death of a star,were the colour connects to a real time control system,the energy that comes across taps into a universal place…Primal Memory this installation inspires me to create work made out of sections, the subtle forms and intuitive placing of the forms, how close or far away they are from the ground they are placed on all worked and did not leave a fragmented taste.Mori builds bridges between cultures and times, between materials, connection to something big is in the air.
I left the exhibition with the awareness that Mori uses digital media, embraces and harnesses it in order to connect with our enviroment, as well as intuitive dreaming, a powerful combination.
During the last few days i started using a material new to me, bees wax …great stuff,it melts to liquid gold and sets in it’s rich amber glow. I am aiming to integrate local beeswax into the Cotswold stone and thanks to Jessie from the “Global bee project” I met Danny the beekeeper and he sorted me out with enough wax to play around with.
This post is dedicated to Sam who has been waiting patiently.
Lake at the Rococo Garden, Painswick
The lake is frozen over,snowdrops everywhere. I dropped off some stones and my tools at the garden today and look forward to start carving bright and early tomorrow morning. This garden is well worth a visit!!