The Future is Now

On our recent visit to London, Steve and I saw quite a bit of artwork.  Sculpture at the Royal Academy, Turner and the Masters at the Tate Britain, the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Turner prize and an installation by Miroslaw Balka at the Tate Modern.

The Anish Kapoor sculpture in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of the Arts was terrific to photograph.  An arrangement of 76 shiny spheres bubbles up to the level of the surrounding Palladian buildings.

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Anish Kapoor – ‘Tall Tree and the Eye’

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My favourite piece of art was in a show we stumbled across in Spitalfields.  The Future Can Wait featured the work of over 30 artists in a derelict, industrial space on the top floor and roof top of Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery.

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Not only was the setting fabulous, but I fell in love with a sculpture called Family Portrait by Marilene Oliver.

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Family Portrait

The piece was made from a series of sculptures of the artist’s family made from MRI scans. The scans where printed onto acrylic and stacked in correct order give the illusion of a ghostly figure, which appears and disappears depending on your view point.

This is Oliver’s artist’s statement from her website:

“The virtual world created by the computer is one that provides no place for the physical body. As communications technology and the use of the Internet is becoming an integral part of our lives, the absence of the physical in the virtual space is destined to provoke changes in the physical body and in our relationship to it in the real world. My work centres around this relationship, seeking to explore and create ways of intimately representing the physical body.

My relationship with the body is nostalgic and romantic, based on an anxiety that the body is becoming redundant. New technologies, especially communications and medical imaging alienate us from the bodies that we have. They promote a decentralisation of the self – they allow us to project ourselves into different spaces and offer us new views of our bodies that belittle being contained in a physical body.”

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Annie Kevans – Oils

Angela Bartram – Performance Writing

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Self Portrait

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Chocolate covered cat

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Rooftop detail – as tweaked in Photoshop

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View to the west


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