Food For the Soul (or Some Pretty Lights)

29 Mar

A visit to the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery provided not only ample opportunity to indulge in hand shadow puppets but some uplifting aesthetic indulgence too. Some pieces were frankly underwhelming, I did not get the romance and clarity of moonlight from Katie Paterson’s blue bulb and, James Turrel’s Wedgework V left me bored and numb of behind. But amongst the many explorations of light were some pieces that scored the hat-trick of art goals (in my very sophisticated critical system) by being pretty, cleverly made and thought-provoking. (I’d take just the former, truth be told). My favourite was definitely Model for a timeless garden by Olafur Eliasson – otherwordly and beautiful. The flowing streams and cascades of water frozen in the strobe lighting evoked, for me, crystals, icebergs and b-movie monsters. It was very hard to resist the urge to touch the water.

Walking through the different colour sections of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation was a visually disturbing experience (in a good way). Winning commendations for pretty, in a yeah, I’d have that in my house way, were Leo Villareal’s twinkly Cylinder II and Jim Campbell’s Exploded View (Commuters).

And the gift shop had cute ‘jars of sunlight’.

Ellie

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