If you haven't been to see the new Richard Serra sculptures at the 24th street Gagosian Gallery, now is the time. The exhibition ends November 26th and the weekends go by so quickly.
As you enter the gallery you will see two enormous sculptures of rust/orange colored steel that curve and sweep across the gallery. Each piece is more than 13 feet tall and more than 60 feet across and take up a lot of the warehouse-like space. The path inside the sculptures twist and turn so pleasantly that it feels as if you are inside a flowing ocean wave. The steel is weatherproof and I wonder if that's what makes it's surface look so porous like that of wood. There is a warmth to the look of the steel. Mr. Serra is has said that he considers " space, to be a material", and it certainly feels as if the space of the interior and the exterior of the pieces are of equal importance. When entering the sculpture entitled "Cycle," I felt pulled in by a benevolent force to find the inner sanctums. Then at other points of the walk I felt anxious about finding my way out. My daughter laughed and slid across the smooth cement path as if she were moving along a garden maze. I noticed other visitors with we passed along the way seemed to be wearing childlike smiles.
Tabaimo, Blow, 2009. Video and sound installation
James Cohan gallery
Tabaimo, Blow 2009
Wishing I was at the Venice Biennale, I took my family down to Chelsea to see the work of Japanese artist Tabaimo who is representing Japan in the Biennale this year. Lucky for us she has a solo-exhibit all this month at the James Cohan gallery. Tabaimo's video installations are designed to be interactive experiences, as she manipulates the gallery space to create the environment in which she wants you to see her work. To view "BLOW" at the gallery, she has eliminated the lines of the walls in the space by installing a curved half pipe ramp that is covered in scrim. A continuous stream of images appear and disappear at your feet and on the sloping sides of the scrim in a slow rhythm. As we walked around the space we took in different perspectives of the video. Bubbles swish and swirl around beneath you water flora and sinewy muscle ligaments bubbling to the surface. Are we in a well or a dark underground pool? My child found it calming and thrilling at the same time.
The video in the next room is called danDAN. A surreal story set in a small apartment. The images are projected on to three attached screens in a rubix cube like fashion. The slow but constant shuffle of the images to allow you to piece the plot together, even if you're not always sure which way is up. Tabaimo's work succeeds in creating an interactive experience for you by gently shifting your sense of space. The exhibit is up until October 29th.