Saturday, 13 August 2011
Jaume Plensa at YSP
My main reason for visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) was to see the Jaume Plensa exhibition. I first saw this artist's work on another blog (JM's Oeiras Daily Photo as far as I remember) - though I've looked again there to compare and I can't find it now! Plensa is a Spanish artist who works on a large scale using steel, glass and neon lights. My art guide is extremely sniffy about him ... "an example of the new academic modern orthodoxy heavily promoted by the official art establishment... [he is] only the designer, the physical creation is done anonymously, presumably in a factory..... objects made to look significant, portentous and profound by being displayed in isolation or attached to big white walls in official spaces.... what do they amount to? Profundity or banality?"!
Personally, I found the pieces quite attractive and interesting (but then I'm not an art snob!) They are accessible, not simply for looking at but for touching and exploring; I watched lots of people climbing in and out of the huge figures and the children seemed fascinated by them. Comments on the YSP website are overwhelmingly positive too. These photos show the massive figure called "House of Knowledge" (2008). The one below puts it in its context in the YSP gardens and the people inside it give it scale. I like the way the willow tree echoes the shape.
(Photos taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ18)