Walter Bannard on colour “as a liquid, flowing over and settling on a roughened surface, changing as it mixed and dried.”
Sometimes the images need to be left open to differing interpretations.
This is the orange…
I have a little bit of Roelof Louw’s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) right with me in the flesh. Today it will be consumed. I have never before eaten an artwork but I have tasted plenty of oranges.
Is this sculpture a grand comment on the place of art in the everyday? It certainly squeezes our perceptions around permanence, and as Tate says “raises questions about ephemerality, time and decay.” Not too many other sculptures that spoil so quickly, not too many others that invite you to participate in that destruction.
Roelof Louw created this piece in 1967 and was influenced, he admits, by the hippy vibe of the time and the market at Covent Garden. He stacked 6000 oranges into a pyramid and invited the viewer to interact with the artwork by consuming a part of it. If there is an element of willful subversion involved then it is Jenga that springs to my mind!
When you urge to roar
Pure, liquid magic
Bones to flowers
And back again
Today I Am Top To Toe Rose-Scented With A Touch Of Peppermint And Frankincense
So it goes without saying that Georgia O’ Keeffe at Tate Modern was busy. It was also extremely good.
The stand out painting for me was Sky With Flat White Cloud from 1962. It was large, it was breathtaking and it induced a deep stillness. I hadn’t encountered it before. I now can’t get it out of my head. Above is my attempt to recapture how it made me feel, I hope it smells good!