Sunday, August 11, 2013

la biennale Venice 2013 - surface

From the broad range of artworks, medium and process on show at the biennale; it was at times simply beautiful surface qualities that caught my eye.
Above is one specimen of stone from the collection of Roger Caillois, born in France in 1913. The stone slices are displayed in lightbox style cabinets at the biennale, illuminating the beautiful colours and forms within. The collection consisting of well over 100 rare specimens is now held in the Museum National d' Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

Simon Ma's sculptural work 'Dancing Waterdrops' 2013, is a highly polished steel mirror-like surface reflecting the earthy, rustic surrounds of the Conservatorio di Musica. This lovely melding of surface and light sat peacefully within one of the buildings internal courtyards with the intermittent sounds of various classical instruments adding another dimension.

Wade Guyton's large untitled canvases present a subtle surface of monochromatic bands. This detail shows some of the marks and 'errors' resulting from his technique of feeding pre-primed canvas through a printer. Ink pools of irregular shapes and marks throughout the registration create a visually engaging surface. On show in the Arsenale.

Rudolf Stingel on show at Palazzo Grassi, has taken the idea of surface to a whole other level by covering all floor and wall areas within the gallery with his work. Consisting of over 5000 square metres of carpeting printed with the design of an oriental rug. The installation is visually dramatic, with recognition of 'rug' first coming to mind, but when viewed up close the carpet reveals a much more pixelated and abstract pattern. Within the gallery rooms the artist has sparsely hung monochrome oil on canvas paintings over the top of the carpeted walls - some are large abstracts; while another series features smaller more classical figurative works. I really enjoyed this installation, which completely re-interprets the space and relationship between artwork and gallery. On show until 31st December, 2013.

Finally a little piece of Venice itself - wabi sabi inspired. Wall within the Giardini.

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