Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery

Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery, MilanImage courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery

For his first time at Milan’s Lisson Gallery, Anish Kapoor has decided to present a new series of fourteen steel sculptures, stainless and polished, twisted through an unspecified number of degrees. Known for his mirrored steel pieces, such as the monumental Cloud Gate (2004) in Chicago’s Millennium Park and C-Curve (2007) at the Chateau de Versailles, Kapoor creates forms that provide a lens for seeing the universe as it really is. Shown together for the first time as an entire group, these small-scale, abstract works nevertheless contain different, recognisable “footprints” – ranging from an L-shape, a W-shape and an oval, to a crescent moon, an equilateral triangle and a figure-eight, among others.

 

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These twists are mounted on plinths, sharing space and interacting with one another, but will also be accompanied by one larger twist, located outside on the terrace. The highly polished surfaces of the twist sculptures create fleeting, fluid reflections that dissipate or disrupt any stable imagery, denying viewers the certainty of either the form’s pre-twisted state – which may also be symbolic, scientific or spiritual in origin – or their own, familiar and fixed likeness beaming back at them. The artist has referred to similar bodies of work as “non-objects”, when the internal geometry and perfectly reflective material carry the conditions of their own disappearance.

 

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Kapoor works regularly focus on the curve, on the sinuous surface, both convex and concave, both enfolding and expanding. The twist, however, relies on the rotational pull around a central, vertical fulcrum to keep its outermost reaches within gravitational orbit. Indeed, every one of the twisted forms seems to be held just at the optimum moment, mid-spin. His contorting forms help light to be warped on its way through space and our intuition is turned inside out, or in this case, on its side and then vertiginously up or down as if being flung through a chute.

 

Lisson Gallery, Milan
Anish Kapoor Exhibition
Until July 22, 2016

 

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