anish kapoor's black whirlpool endlessly spins at galleria continua anish kapoor's black whirlpool endlessly spins at galleria continua
may 25, 2015

anish kapoor's black whirlpool endlessly spins at galleria continua

anish kapoor’s black whirlpool endlessly spins at galleria continua
(above) descension, 2015

steel, water, motor
 / 500 x 500 cm
all images courtesy the artist and galleria continua, san gimignano / beijing / les moulins
all photos by ela bialkowska, okno studio

 

 

 

anish kapoor: descension
galleria continua, san gimignano
now through september 5, 2015

 

 

anish kapoor returns to italy with ‘descension’, infilling san gimignano’s galleria continua with specially conceived installations and artworks for the gallery’s vast former cinema and theater space. amongst a series of new sculptures in alabaster, a collection of work in stainless steel and large-scale, fiberglass interventions throughout, is the installation in the stalls area, ‘descension’, from which the exhibition takes its name. previously presented during the kochi-muziris biennale in india, the seemingly black bottomless hole of dark water ceaselessly spins down into the floor, dragging the viewer into its menacing abyss.

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
descension, 2015

 

 

 

through its endless progression downwards into the theater floor, ‘descension’ destabilizes the viewer’s perception of the earth as a solid element and embodies kapoor’s exploration into non-objects as artworks. in its constant state of flux and movement, the installation presents the visitor with a sharp a thrust downwards towards a totally unknowable interior.

 

in regards to the relationship between fullness and the void, kapoor says, ‘I have always thought of it (the void) … as a transitional space, an in-between space. it’s very much to do with time. I have always been interested as an artist in that very first moment of creativity where everything is possible and nothing has actually happened. it’s a space of becoming.’

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
descension, 2015

 

 

 

kapoor’s work extends the concept of sculpture in art. the exhibition features a series of new sculptures in alabaster, in which a highly refined section has been carefully carved out from the volume. inviting the viewer to reflect upon the mysteries of time buried within their form, these untitled stone masses simultaneously convey a sense of eternity, while their translucent qualities reinforce the sense of transition from painting to sculpture.

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
installation view of ‘descension’ at galleria continua

 

 


video courtesy of GALLERIACONTINUA

 

 

 

stainless steel sculptures, painted fiberglass objects mounted on the wall and huge interventions that tower above visitors are viewable throughout galleria continua, each enforcing kapoor’s interest in the human being and self-awareness, on the mind and the experience of the things surrounding it, and on the universality of time and space.

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
installation view of the exhibition ‘descension’ at galleria continua, san gimignano

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
monochrome (black / cobalt blue), 2015 

fibreglass and paint
 / 187 x 187 x 40 cm

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
monochrome (silver / oriental blue), 2015

fibreglass and paint
 / 187 x 187 x 40 cm

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
untitled, 2015

stainless steel
 / 140 x 140 x 22 cm

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
untitled, 2015

stainless steel
 / 140 x 140 x 22 cm

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
installation view of the exhibition ‘descension’ at galleria continua, san gimignano

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
untitled, 2015
alabaster
 / 32,5 x 130 x 96 cm

anish kapoor descension galleria continua san gimignano
untitled, 2015
alabaster
 / 32,5 x 130 x 96 cm

 

  • Can we start a list of those (inane celebrities and such) whom we’d like to push into “Descension” with hopes they’ll never return?!

    Alaimo says:
  • The artwork “descension” is a modification of the art work Vortex of the young German Artist Martin Werthmann build in 2012 and last shown in the south of france in 2014: https://youtu.be/efuT7y-sALc and http://youtu.be/Glj3Y9uYZf4
    I still think the version of Martin Werthmann is the more exciting one, the observer is able to see the vortex from inside.

    Sophie-Victoria Weiden says:

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