Tag: Lisson gallery

Pedro Reyes – Disarm: Make Music, Not War

12 months ago
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Pedro Reyes – Disarm: Make Music, Not War

If John Lennon's song Imagine can be transformed into a visual language, it would be something like this Disarm exhibition at the Lisson gallery. I think Pedro Reyes' weapons-cum-musical instruments really tune into what is probably the closest thing I've ever seen visual arts do to call for peace. In Disarm, Pedro fashions destroyed weapons into mechanical musical instruments and transforms them into objects with a positive message. And it's not bad too that these instruments are also functional and can be played live or automated by a computer. 

There's probably too much to take in here - in fact, I had to deal with a spectrum of emotions when I saw Disarm - as if I was listening to some affecting music. First, as sculptural pieces, they all look beautiful - they are a re-imagining of how musical instruments Read More »

Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery

1 year ago
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Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery

If you ask people whether they like Anish Kapoor's The Orbit, the opinion will be divided into two. There are those who hate it and calls it an eyesore. For me, it took some time to form an opinion - I had to interact with it a few times when I visited the Olympic park and found out how I have appreciated it more each time.

The Orbit is colossal and it towers above you like a menacing figure. The architectural complexity of the piece alone should be given merit but I think part of the charm of The Orbit - and Anish Kapoor's large-scale art works -  is that they invite you to Kapoor's world of illusion; you as a viewer have no choice but to react to the space/illusion he provides. Sometimes, it is not even a question of liking or hating his piece, it is a question of immersion - of being part of the whole ensemble.

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I´m Big, I´m Small: Rashid Rana at the Lisson Gallery

3 years ago
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I´m Big, I´m Small: Rashid Rana at the Lisson Gallery

As an art form, the rise of cheap digital cameras has put photography in a more questionable position  than ever before. For one, taking photos nowadays do not necessarily require any creative skills whatsoever. I´ve taken hundreds of photos myself but none necessarily could be called art. How can photography then be considered art?

It´s worth taking a look at Rashid Rana´s exhibit at the Lisson gallery (ending on April 30)to see how photography can be propelled to other dimensions. I was curious to find out about Rashid after reading a post by another blogger branding  Rashid as a boring contemporary artist.  Rashid is a Pakistani visual artist who uses pixelated constructions of photography, sculpture and installation to explore themes of cultural identity in South Asia as it struggles between tradition and modernity. Read More »

Momardi Moments: My Serendipity Meeting with Angela de la Cruz at the Lisson Gallery

3 years ago
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Momardi Moments: My Serendipity Meeting with Angela de la Cruz at the Lisson Gallery
Last Friday in the center,  I was having second thoughts about visiting the Lisson gallery for Angela de la Cruz´s exhibit. I had been sick all week and still had a throbbing headache but decided I would drag myself to see her works. After learning about Angela from the Turner prize nomination last year, I knew I gotta go see her, headache or not. I love how she represents paintings in a new way,  distorting them, breaking, and deflating them as three-dimensional objects almost as if questioning  or even terminating the role of painting in art today.  Her works lie between the vacuum of painting and sculpture. Arriving at the gallery, there was a girl with curly short hair, black jacket and sneakers was also waiting to enter the door. But it was the exhibit of visual artist Rashid Rana and not Angela´s. Read More »