Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Serpentine visit - A game of two halves, Pascale Marthine Tayou

The arrival of the Sackler Gallery (Opened in 2013) to the Serpentine's armoury  has been a really positive addition to its capabilities - giving an unusual 'space' a great purpose and enabling artists to create an experience that can delight and stimulate  visitors there.

My last trip to the Gallery in January had been fun and yesterday after the Golub visit I took a stroll to see what the artist Pascale Marthine Tayou had to show.

The good news is that the exhibition is varied and intriguing, Pascale is Cameroon-ian by birth and his work, it seems to me is  chiefly involved with Colonialism, Globalization and African/developing world life -but the issues not confronted are not attacked in a po-faced way and there's a joy and intelligent humour much on display in what are mainly three dimensional works.

I liked the Neon works and also the atmosphere generated by the constructions and large photo of market that made you feel you were there,

But not all was 'light' there were difficult images too, of men and the impact of bullets
A comment on the troubled legacy of oil?

A neon work -David Crossing the Moon

you can almost walk into these evocations of markets 

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