Thursday, June 1st 2017
The Royal Academy of Arts is currently hosting an exhibition entitled America after the Fall, painting in the 1930s. We went along to have a look. As usual, there was a crush of people in the exhibition which sometimes made it hard to view the paintings and read the labels. Apart from that, it was interesting and worth the visit. Unfortunately, though understandably, photography was not allowed, so I cannot show you any pictures.
Afterwards, we went for one of our rambling walks and eventually came to another exhibition. I’m not sure whether this was by chance or whether Tigger had planned it. I must remember to ask her.
Anyway, where we hauled up was an art gallery at 48 Albemarle Street called the Focusing Room. We met with a pleasant welcome and had a look at the artworks. These were… well, I’m not sure how they would be classified. Briefly, the works consisted of installations made of any combination of metal, wood, plastic and glass (and possibly other materials), animated by lights and motors and, in at least once case, smoke. I think that that was my favourite but we’ll come to it in a moment.
Anything with changing lights and colours is hard to photograph. Well, impossible, really, because a photo catches just an instant and the charm of the work may lie in its continuous variability. Ho hum. Anyway, here are a few example views. When you see these, you will understand the title of this post.
This work by Adolf Luther is divided into 64 squares each containing a mirror that inverts the reflected scene. So for what it’s worth, you have a square containing 64 upside-down SilverTigers. That’ll do for the mirrors component of the post.
This one, by Heinz Mack, is called Rotor but unfortunately a still photo does not show in it all its mobile glory.
I think this is Lumino by Nicholas Schöffer but I am not entirely sure. The supplied catalogue is in black and white, which makes it a little difficult to identify coloured displays! If I have it wrong, I’d be pleased to receive a correction.
And this, of course, is the smoke. I found it quite impressive though I don’t claim to ‘understand’ it (or any of the others, for that matter) but anything that gives off smoke has to be interesting, doesn’t it? Well, I thought so.
The luminous bluey-white object you see in the background (and in the photo below) is Diaframma (1968) by Nando Vigo.
Quite apart from anything else, this exhibition made an interesting contrast with thr Royal Academy’s exhibition of American painting of the 1930s.