11 June 2012

£8 to see invisible art... I think not!

Tomorrow sees the opening of a "ground breaking" exhibition at teh Hauward Gallery called: Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1952-2012. The blurb from the Gallery site describes the exhibition thus:


Invisible Art brings together works from the past half century that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. The exhibition includes work by some of the most important artists of our time as well as younger artists who have expanded on their legacy.

From the amusing to the philosophical, there are works you can observe and others you can take part in, such as Jeppe Hein's Invisible Labyrinth. From Yves Klein's utopian plans for an 'architecture of air' to Robert Barry's Energy Field (AM 130 KHz) from 1968 - which encourages a heightened awareness of the physical context of the gallery- this exhibition span diverse aesthetic practices and concerns. 

Many of the works in Invisible seek to direct our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art. Other works invoke invisibility to underscore the limits of our perceptual capacities or to emphasize the role of our imagination in responding to works of art.  Some use invisibility as a metaphor that relates to the suppression of information or the political disappearance and marginalization of social groups. 

Sorry but this sounds like the Emperor's New clothes to me. I think I will save my money and go to see the Munch exhibition at the Tate  which opens in just over two week's time

5 comments:

Skuds said...

I think that anybody who does go should make a point of going naked, asking if everybody likes their new suit. And they should pay with invisible money.

Or Euros...

jams o donnell said...

I think the Invisible pound is probably a harder currency at the moment!

susan said...

That's hilarious.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Well, an automatic response is: use an invisible bill to pay for that. Or invisible ink on an invisible check.

The second response: make the creators of that art invisible. Or, at least, hard to find...

jams o donnell said...

I was waiting for Graham Chapman to turn up in his army uniform and say "This is Silly"