I saw this unique sculpture at the Art Gallery of NSW during 18th Biennale of Sydney. Instead of photographing the sculpture as it was, zooming into different areas created very unusual photographs that themselves can be seen as abstract art.
Sydney, recently, experienced a very innovative approach to contemporary art. A group exhibition of 13 'living sculptures' in 13 purpose-built rooms appropriately called '13 Rooms' was being exhibited at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay from 11th April to 21st April 2013. A Kaldor Public Art Project curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, and Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 in New York combined the art of performance and sculptures to bring a fresh concept in modern art.
13 Rooms of equal dimensions (approx 3.5 x 3.5m) were built within a flexible high-volume space of Pier 2/3 and the space in-between was cleverly used for changing rooms. Apart from well thought utilisation of available space, the organic plan allowed visitors to navigate themselves as they please, unlike a usual one directional route.
Out of 13 living sculptures, Man=flesh / Woman=flesh - FLAT, 1997 was most appealing for me. A very small space lit by a dim light had one person lying silently, at times staring at the viewer. The installation really made the viewer experience the confinement and the pain.
The artwork of Xu Zhen, who often has a sophisticated trickery in his works, had a body floating mysteriously in space as if it is frozen in time. In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005, surely caught eye of all viewers, many of them trying to find how a living person can defy the constraints of physics.
Thirteen Colourful Inside Jobs, 2013 by John Baldessari was indeed the most colourful one. The performer aka painter is continuously changing the colour of the room in duration of the exhibition.
Revolving Door, 2011 was grey and interactive, where a group of dancers wearing grey costume form a revolving door and march in various dance movements in a circular motion.
The only Australian artists were the duo Clark Beaumont from Brisbane who were investigating interpersonal relationships in Coexisting, 2013, where both artists were sharing a small plinth for the whole day making themselves seen as a sculptural form.
From as simple as Veterans of the Wars of Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Iraq and Vietnam Facing the Corner, 2013, to a complex installation Future / Perfect, 2012, to Hans, George, 1992 that required cast of twins, all the installations were powerful and unique. No wonder the exhibition attracted big crowds and at times had 45mins wait to get in.
The Golden Camera International Photo Awards ceremony was held On 22nd March 2013, at Contemporary Art Centre M17, Kyiv. My submission 'I am still alive' showcasing photographs of Cockatoo Island secured First place in Architecture Category. Below are images of the photo series, award ceremony and exhibition at M17.
photo series: 'i am still alive', cockatoo island
Vin is a Sydney based photographer and travels in Australia and around the world for photography projects. He specialises in Architecture, Art, Fine Art and Time-Lapse photography. The images from his photography projects are available to purchase as Archival quality fine art prints and canvases...Read more