a stroll in kensington gardens

Turning the World Upside Down - Anish Kapoor
Kensington Gardens
28.09.2010 – 13.03.2011
Philippe Parreno
Serpentine Gallery

Non-Object (Spire) by Anish Kapoor (2008)
Last Sunday I headed to Kensington Gardens after brunch to catch the Anish Kapoor sculptures which were not seen a month ago (seen 2 on a sunny day, as you can see in the photo slideshow below) -
Full photo set
Kapoor's mirror-finish sculptures have a subliminal character which goes well with the natural setting of the park. You cannot say they have blended themselves in, as clearly they are all very visible and stand out from the surroundings. However, their existence seems to create an extra dimension to the space they inhibits. The distorted surfaces reflecting the surroundings produce a different version of the world to the audience, something intriguing even you have seen a hundred times. It is poetic sci-fi material, if you agree : )
Afterwards I turned to Serpentine Gallery to get my copy of 032c in their book shop. Since the demise of Borders, it has been a gain in my wallet but a loss in my magazine diet to explore periodical publications in London, with the exception of museum bookshops in Tate, Whitechapel Gallery & Serpentine Gallery.
032c A/W 2010
This is the 20th issue of the magazine. Based in Berlin, 032c has its 10th anniversary this year. Just like the reputation of Berlin being the hippest european capital from the millennium, nobody should judge this magazine from its sketchy graphic layout compared to perfectionist layout like Monocle. The magazine has one of the most lengthy articles I would ever willing to spend $ to buy a copy, and they consistently reach out to people from various disciplines to provide a dazzling spectrum of knowledge to the readers. Having said that, I have to admit the only time I can finish a whole issue is usually on a plane, striped out of any possible distractions so I can focus on reading and digesting the contents due to its "unfriendly" layout to my eyes... (clearly I'm a bit spoilt by conventional layouts!) 
Odd addition to the Gallery facade

Before I stepped into the Gallery, I discovered a few little purple gloves on the window-wall. Are they part of the coming Philippe Parreno show?

Actually, the Gallery has just announced 2 weeks ago a new venue inside Kensington Gardens will be constructed and managed by them. Currently the Magazine Building, Zaha Hadid will transform it into the Serpentine Sackler Gallery with the donation from The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

Back to the bookshop. Apart from 032c, I also noticed Apollo has Antony Gormley on their cover -

Feature in Apollo (11/2010) on Antony Gormley: Figuring it Out

And then this mysterious new title caught my eyes - 

The Hub's debut issue - Never Neverland

Turned out it's a new launch based in London. The Hub is essentially like what its name said, a collection of art, culture, fashion happenings selected for its readers - a printed concierge for the urban troops. I like its layout and use of hand-drawn illustrations (at least they appear like so), a stark contrast to 032c! But it takes time to see if this experiment is going to have the same level of success like its competitors, all over the shelf in the bookshop. Good luck!

art october in london - part 1

Anish Kapoor
until 11.12.2009
Royal Academy of Arts

anish kapoor 2009 at RAA by you.
Shooting into the Corner (2008-9)

The powerful red splash is one of the two moving works featured in this show (the other is the Svayambh). Anish Kapoor has again presented simple geometric elements in a magnificient scale. The moving works, using blood-red wax brought into motion by the installation, have an element of "slowness" literally shown to the audience. This "slowness", contrast sharply with the ever-accelerating society we are living in.

anish kapoor 2009 at RAA by you.

Even you are not paying to see the indoor exhibition, there is still a masterpiece at the front yard of the academy which is free for the passers-by to get amazed. The spectacle of reflections actually work really well in this outdoor location, I am pretty sure it would be less impressive if placed indoor. It changes with the colour of the sky, as well as the movement of the people and the clouds. There are so much to be discovered in-between the different spheres...

Tall tree and the eye (2009) - video link

full photo set here

Anish Kapoor
until 14.11.2009
Lisson Gallery

this is london || 13.10.2009 by you.
Kapoor is here, could you find him?

At the same time, Lisson Gallery, which represents the artist, hosts a show of his new works to maximise their media exposure during the Frieze Art Fair. These colourful curvy "mirrors" are, probably, a delightful distractor for an economically hard time to many people.

anish kapoor at lisson gallery by you.
The visual black hole that "draws" you in...

anish kapoor at lisson gallery by you.
Train your eyes

The concave untitled (2009) "eye" made with fibre glass and paint with sparkle coating - video link

Further readings -
Official page of the RAA show
Official page of the Lisson Gallery show
Review of the RAA show by Richard Dorment for the Telegraph
Review of the RAA show by Adrian Searle the Guardian
Review of the RAA show by Tom Lubbock for the Independent
Video tour of the RAA show from Time Out