Saturday, January 19, 2008

V & A Part I

My next few posts feature pictures from an exhibition (oooh reminds me of some music) at the good old V & A.

Firstly, 'Conditions' by Annie Cattrell

glass blocks etched (?) on the inside (how on earth did she do it? there were no marks on the external surfaces).

like space, breath, mist, wind, clouds, rain, tears, dreams -

"I choose the familiar, for example a cloud, so whatever language you speak there is a kind of universal understanding. It is the transformation and freezing into three-dimensions of this iconographic subject matter that interests me: what happens when you contemplate something you think you know but shouldn't really be seeing this way. This three-dimensional vantage point allows the viewer to examine the subtle shifts and rhythms which ceaselessly occur in the natural world and within the body." Annie Cattrell

full of light
these were exquisite
i could have sat and looked at them all day.


Anonymous said...

Quite beautiful. I remember taking my daughter to the V & A museum a few years ago. We had a lovely day there.

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

amazing, lettuce. And yes - how DOES she do that? etch the inside?

Akelamalu said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! They're beautiful.

Steve said...

I was going to say "amazing," but someone already said it.

Oh, hell. AMAZING!!

I'm also very glad to hear that Marigold has company. :)

Sally Crawford said...

What a useful blog you're running, Lettuce. ;))

A must see. I always forget the V & A have got a glass gallery.

PS: I like the way the 'do not touch' is just written onto the plinth thingey.

Reya Mellicker said...

Gorgeous! They remind me of my crystal balls. Wow!!

Thank you!

Cinn said...

breathtaking. i wish i could have seen these. there are few things in the world that can capture your mind and imagination and can hold you there for hours ... this looks like one of them.

kimy said...

wild!! it's like there are little universes in each block. I don't know why but cattrell's work makes me think of masaru emoto's water crystal work....

I look forward to the rest of your series!

Ex-Shammickite said...

I love the repeating reflection in the third picture, is that you?
But..... "Do not touch"?
Whatever happened to "Please"?

Ex-Shammickite said...

And please please can you tell me how to do that dotted line question mark alternative comment thingy?

Akelamalu said...

PS I tagged you for a little linky love - hope you don't mind. :0

Dumdad said...

Thought provoking...

Donna said...

Simply stunning!

Shelly Lowenkopf said...

When you've been away for a bit, you manage to return with elan. Once again, you have found, captured, and posted for us the results of your trip to another planet of imagination. This places those of us who are your regulars in the awful dialectic of wanting you to be off for a while, hopeful of such wonderful returns or having you about for more frequent observations. Ah, what a high-class problem your regulars have.

d. chedwick bryant said...

This artwork is so beautiful --it reminds me of the Yoko Ono exhibit I went to years ago. Her art before meeting John Lennon was so much like this, dreamy crystal hopeful optimistic stuff,some of it very spiritual, some weird things that made you think differently-- her later stuff (after Lennon's death) was brass and metal and wood lots of heavy looking dark items--she redid some of the crystal items in flat black.

I do like etched glass though--guess everyone would want to touch those.

la bellina mammina said...

Oh W.O.W!

Lynne said...

Beautiful! I especially love that last photo.
Brilliant ... (both the glass and the photo)

Tats said...

Lovely Letty, like you xx

dennis said...

Dennis likes to run and jump and hear crashing noises behind Dennis as Dennis heads off for new adventures!

lettuce said...

the V&A is great Deb.

Lee, lama & steve, yes, isn't it.
(no don't mind, lama - tho i tend to ignore tags, so hope you don't mind)

sally i liked that too. :o)

yes, Reya, i can see why they would. and your new pic is sooooooooo cute.

cinn & kimy - i think its that enclosed universe thing that gave them their attraction and fascination

shammie no, it isn't me. (far less hair and of a diff. colour). Info on the comment thingy to come in next post.

any particular thoughts DD?

like you donna. x

shelly that is such a sweet thing to say, and said so very elegantly.

ched v. interesting about yoko ono, thanks for the comment.

bella, Y.E.S.
lynne thanks, i was pleased with that pic.
Tat - awwww, ta lovie.

dennis can twitch his tail all he likes, he'd get nowhere near these.

Quinten said...

This cannot really work, I feel so.
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