Tate Britain commission 2014 - Phyllida Barlow 'dock'
The tate commission exhibition this year is named Dock, a series of installations created by Phyllida Barlow. The exhibition consists of Barlows sculptures and installations created from easily accessible and waste materiadls such as cardboard, binliners, plywood, polystyrene and canvas material. The installations are held up by large timber structures and cable ties, the whole scene is large and chaotic as the materials are above the heads of the audience or hanging down to our level. The whole gallery is filled by the structures and all the lighting is natural sunlight through high ceiling windows; the large open space and natural light filled with structures creates the idea of being outside in a natural area. The changes in light on the installations created shadows around the room and gave some of the structures a more gothic view as the light occasionally faded.
Walking around the installations made me feel small and in the presence of something important, the hanging structures made me feel slightly uncomfortable as they looked heavy and created the idea of them floating above my head, this made me walk quite quickly underneath some structures due to the fear of them collapsing. I think the main theme of this exhibit is the use of unwanted recycled materials and how they can be used to create something great and visually exciting through the use of overlapping and placement.
'dock' installation 1
'dock' installation 5
installation 6 'dock'
Gallery natural lighting
Installation 4 'dock'
Exhibition Review first draft
Tate Britain Commision 'dock' by Phyllida Barlow 2014
Medicine Now - Wellcome Collection
Medicine now addresses existing medical problems such as obesity, this made me think about the condition and whether it is a problem for the NHS to solve or a problem that we should solve alone as humans; the most shocking piece depicting self image and perception was 'I cant help the way i feel' by John Issacs 2003, it is a sculpture of a human body being engulfed by lumps of flesh and rashes. The piece made me wonder whether it was targeting obesity or how self perception and image has spiralled out of control causing humans to become wrapped up in the idea of image. Medicine now aslo looked at the human form displaying various sculptures of the human form, identifying sight, skeleton and the human brain. This exhibit made me think about how far medicine has excelled and how humans have adapted and altered due to medical advances.