This visit was organised through college and so the whole of Fine Art level 4 went. On this Excursion I saw work by Henry Moore, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy and Elizabeth Frink to name only a few. When compared to the stereotype of gallery spaces, the whit walls and clean lines, the sculpture park is quite the opposite. Natural landscape and open space is the setting for the majority of work that is exhibited in this beautiful part of the Yorkshire countryside. The work is exposed and in direct contact with the elements,
Gormley’s sculpture stands high on a podium, overlooking the park – against a backdrop of sky and tree canopy. These sculptures are cast from Gormley’s body, although this isn’t apparent as the sculpture is moulded to be vague, it appears as an almost an eroded version of the artist and original form. The lack of identity in this cast gives the impression of a shell, a body that isn’t somebody and could be anyone, we can therefor relate it to ourselves and/or anyone else. The work is exhibited amongst the tree tops and is stood on a tree trunk, isolated in the air. This singular body in space allows us to see it on its own and in the natural surroundings that surround it, further enhancing our ability of relating to the work.
“Gormley believes that art must be capable of many things: of making the onlooker aware of their surroundings, of themselves and of their own existence, as well as to consider the work as a sculptural object.
One and Other reflects Gormley’s individual concerns with isolation and claustrophobia, but the figure has lost any distinct features and, as such, represents the universal.”
Wilde, J. (no date) Yorkshire sculpture park. Available at: http://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/open-air/antony-gormley-one-and-other-(2000) (Accessed: 12 February 2017).
At the time of our visit, the only KAWS sculptures on show were the ones outside. these are huge and stand in the grass fields of the park with authority and ownership. Each sculpture has its own ‘story’ Good Intentions (above) seems to be protecting a younger form and is stood, posed to retaliate. This makes us as viewers feel vulnerable and maybe guilty as we are the only thing there for the sculpture to be defending against. This combined with their humongous scale and bulbous shapes made me feel belittled by them. Physically and mentally. The sculptures although smooth and materialistic all seem to have an age and seem to be displaying a process of development.
The sculptures convey a sense of emotion that often portrays the somber. As an audience we become concerned with the welfare of the sculpture and wonder why they may feel this way but then we remain weary of their attitudes towards us because of their simultaneous saddened and threatening nature.
“Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation. Within the Pop Art tradition, he has created a prolific body of influential work, which both engages young people with contemporary art and straddles the worlds of art and design to include street art, graphic and product design, paintings, murals and large-scale sculptures.”
Wilde, J. (2016) Yorkshire sculpture park. Available at: http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/kaws-2016 (Accessed: 12 February 2017).