Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Second Serpentine Cracker

Two for the price of one and they're both free.

It's only a short walk from the Serpentine Gallery to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery  (the newer gallery is named after philanthropists  Dr Mortimer and Dame Theresa Sackler, whose Foundation  made the project possible through the largest single gift received by the Serpentine Gallery in its 43-year history.)
You can see that Julio can draw and paint too

Having said that (about the walk) sometimes you might think 'oh I can't be bothered I'll go another day' - well while the Julio Le Parc retrospective is on do make that walk.

The wall of shimmering mirrors that greets you at the entrance

Again like the Reiner show you can take photo's but here you can do so much more - Julio is a different type of artist - there are examples of drawings on show but he's more about Kinetic art and dare I say it 'Fun'.

Moving lights

It's fun for youngsters too

Almost like being at the 'Fair'

Like the science museum used to be there are a load of buttons to press that make things happen and there are astonishing fairground type works, rubber darts to throw and targets to propel bean bags at.
(Not too mention a slightly scary hall of mirrors type walk,

Julio Le Parc was when young a radical, a anarchist and even as he enters the later years has proclaimed 'Can you ever be too old to experiment and make failures?"

I suppose that the Argentine born artist (still working with his family in France at the age of  86) has a dark side and although there are obvious connections to a fair - it is a dark fair quite  literally. 

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