Extra Credit- Contemporary Artist- Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Cloud Gate (The Bean) Chicago 2004-2006

 

Earlier this half of the semester, we talked about the contemporary artist, Anish Kapoor.  I instantly fell in love with this artwork.  And in all actuality it was introduced to me again in my studio arts class when I was researching time based art! I loved the fact that I was able to use the insights from our class in another class.  It also made me dig further then just the information from our lecture.  So I figured I would fill you guys in on some of my own insights in this extra credit post :).

Throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky, the appearance completely changes.  The reflections on the surface all depend on if its sunset, sunrise, mid day or even nighttime.  No matter how many times the viewer looks at it, the piece seems to change.  Even at night there is such a sense of romanticism in that the cityscape is lit up and contrasts beautifully against the night sky in the reflection.  Also the way the curve goes downward reminds me of the curve of the earth and it being in motion.  The  below image of the daytime looks as if it is reflecting the sky in the exact direction of the motion the earth is going, which is an amazing representation of time.

I love how this work reminds me of when I was younger.  It brings me back to an experience at a carnival playing inside a funhouse where they have mirrors that distort anything reflected in it.  This piece invites the viewer to walk not only around it but underneath it as well.  Seeing their reflections in the piece allows them in a way to become a part of it and have their own unique experience.  I love how most of the reflection is in fact the sky.  Because of this as well as the name and being able to walk under it, makes me feel like I can walk into the sky.  The best part about this piece is the fact that it distorts reality.  Reality is sometimes rough to get through the day with work and stress, but taking time out to walk under this piece allows the viewer to laugh for a second and forget their troubles.

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