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Benches

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install_gigantesFor the installation of Los Gigantes, I included something new – a bench! Although I don’t often place benches in the gallery, this show motivated me to include one. The aesthetic of Los Gigantes is very spare, with only ten pieces on view. The works really fill the space though, and they all benefit from prolonged looking. For example, the more time a visitor spends with a Light Knot by Larry Bell, the more they understand the ephemeral, kinetic nature of the piece. Practically weightless, the Light Knot turns and sways with the slightest breath of air. Because it is so responsive to light and environmental conditions, the piece changes from moment to moment.

I encourage people to sit down and study the pieces, rather than rushing through. From the bench installed in Los Gigantes, you will see a painting by Ed Moses, framed by two luminous wall reliefs by Craig Kauffman. The subtle, translucent colors of the Kauffman pieces beautifully complement the stained surface of Moses’ painting. Viewed together, the works illustrate the impact of shimmering, sensual color in differing media.

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  1. A bench is a great idea. We recently we to the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in North London which has a series of benches designed for the space. Many years ago (probably 1977) Barry Flanagan designed benches for the Hayward Annual exhibition. The gallery kept the benches.
    Would love to see a picture of your bench – although I’d rather come in and give it a go.

    Jake Tilson

    February 20, 2014 at 9:51 am

  2. Yes, our bench is a reproduction of a George Nelson design. Spare and modern, it can be found in a previous post (January 18, 2014) “Supporting Shows with Scholarship.” I tend to use benches and seating in museums–anything to provide a bit of rest and prolonged viewing of an individual work. I often think of the seating that was in the old MoMA, for instance, and how it gave one a chance to be immersed in the Water Lilies of Monet. Contemporary art can also benefit from the sustained sensual experience of sitting and paying attention. Thanks for the references to the Estorick Collection and the Hayward. I’ll come to see those next time I am in London!

    Frank Lloyd

    February 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm


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