12 January 2011

Whitechapel Gallery

I haven't been to the Whitechapel Gallery before and the building is absolutely stunning. 

The first room that I went into was an installation by Claire Barclay called Shadow Spans.
Her sculptures are used as inspiration for live dance.

Another artist I looked at whilst there was Stephen Sutcliffe whose work consisted of video and audio being played onto a large screen. He uses archives of VHS and audio recordings and then meshes soundtracks and moving images to create a sophisticated visual language. I was particulary interested in this piece of work as it is a good point of reference and inspiration for my own personal project I am starting this year.

The installation that 'wowed' me the most was 'Keeping It Real: An Exhibition of Four Acts - Disterbance', Mona Hatoum. Inside the room was a structure made up of lots of square wire cages forming one large cage. Inside each cage was a light bulb. The bulbs faded in and out at various intervals and there was also a strange electrical buzzing sound that appeared to come from the lights. I enjoyed this piece because you could really experience the art in a number of ways. Standing in a corner of the room and closing your eyes you are still aware of the light changes and of course the sound and you could also walk around the structure waiting for the room to dark - it was quite surreal!

This Is Tomorrow is an exhibition about an exhibition in the 1950s that explored new technologies in media. It was clearly an iconic exhibition of its time and looking at the work that was produced is a real eye opener into the production of art and how ideas and social trends change due to technology.

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