Saturday, 30 August 2014

YSP 7


Yorkshire Sculpture Park    Another major exhibition currently at YSP features works by the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, shown in and around the 18th century chapel where the Wentworth family once worshipped. 'Iron Tree, 2013' (above), the most complex of a series he began in 2009, is inspired by the wood sold by street vendors in Jingdezhen, southern China. Constructed from pieces cast from different trees all joined together, it is awkward and lifeless but eloquent because of that. It speaks of the individual in society, a theme amplified by the display inside the chapel (which you aren't allowed to photograph) which consists of forty-five antique wooden chairs from the Qing dynasty, arranged in rows but each within its own solitary space. I found that oddly touching, the longer I gazed and thought. The artist is currently not allowed to travel out of China due to passport restrictions and surveillance.

5 comments:

  1. It really is an interesting piece.

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  2. Oh, I like this! And the display of chairs sounds compelling.

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  3. I think the disjointed pieces are what I find intriguing. Neat that it is made from several different trees.

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  4. Very unique. So glad to have had the opportunity to view it and your excellent description ot it and the chapel.

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  5. Al Weiwei is prolific. I go back and forth about whether I think he is a genius or a fraud. I think I would like this tree assembly.

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