Monday, 17 October 2011

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Beautiful October sunshine at the weekend finally decided to visit the Jaume Plensa exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Well worth the trip. Some amazing pieces of work, the elongated dreamlike portraits of sleeping/dreaming heads are fantastic and beautifully lit. There is also a room with suspended gongs you're invited to hit - they reverberated tremendously.
The outdoor pieces figures made from letterforms were stunning as well. Really photogenic in the low October sunlight. I especially liked the tree hugging figures and the haunting heads that sat on top of the gallery roof.

Also, it also transpired that Rob Ryan was at YSP that Saturday and signing copies of his new book, "A Sky Full of Kindness". What a nice man, it was a real pleasure to meet him and chat for a couple of minutes. I enjoyed the show "You can still do a lot with a small brain" last year, and I do like his paper-cut work. I am slightly nervous at the ubiquity of his work presently, but can't help feeling supportive of an "illustrator" who is successful for crossing craft and business.

The Jaume Plensa show has been extended until January. Go and see it.

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