Anish Kapoor experiments at Lisson Gallery
The Olympic tower artist brings new ways to shake things up in Marylebone
Peering into one of the monochrome discs on the wall, I wonder: ‘how does Anish Kapoor do it?’ Here at his most recent major exhibition, at Marylebone’s Lisson Gallery, there are, thankfully, some examples of Kapoor’s own golden ratio- the mysterious capacity he has to create something not quite 2D or 3D, something somewhere in between- a curious void that your eyes devour. Looking at Shine, a half sphere on an angle made from fibreglass and yellow paint, I feel like I could jump in and swim.
Playing around with a sense of visual dimension and space is something that Kapoor is known for. Known too is his celebration of raw materials in fantastical offerings- most prominently shown here by the series of untitled cement works that mutate on the walls and from the floor of the second gallery like animated, enlarged spores. The artist himself describes them as ‘bodily’ “Originally I used computer generated designs for the concrete works and the objects made were kind of anti-technology” says Kapoor. “Since then I feel I can do better than using computers. There’s something quite female about them.”
The concrete surrounds Organ, Kapoor’s first sculpture to be created from an existing object. It’s a dominant piece of machinery with a pipe attached to the wall. On the other side of the wall is a micro void of the neither 2D nor 3D type. “I’m interested in the interior of the object” says Kapoor. “It is a self in a way, and there’s something about this machine that gives it a sense of being. What is it’s biology? “ Kapoor makes tentative assessments of his own work aloud, and prefers that people make up their own mind of what it’s about.
Organ marks a new avenue in the work of the artist- along with a series of earth-based landscape sculptures that rise from suspended boards in smooth, bodily mounds.
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Perhaps the most intriguing part of this new collection though is Haunted, a dimly-lit room filled with a low frequency noise undetectable to the ear but felt by the body. “I read an article about haunted houses having a certain frequency,” says the artist, “this is inspired by that. The sound makes you feel uneasy.” Standing in the room, the frequency overcomes the body in the same way that Kapoor’s voids have always mesmerised the eyes. It’s a new means for the artist, but the magical method remains.
Anish Kapoor is at the Lisson Gallery, Bell Street until November 10.
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