The dark arts...?

by David Swatton October. 24, 2012 4927 views

It's not many art galleries that have a massive space like the old Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern… this picture is of only one half of it. It is probably even fewer galleries that then shut off all the lights as part of hosting the “art”.

This picture (not actually as dark as it was because would be kind of dull) is simply to illustrate the point - as part of the current performance art installation the main lights in the hall are shut off and the space is plunged into semi-darkness, lit solely by the lights remaining on in the shop, ticket office etc.

I have a love/hate relationship with modern art but I'm a member at the Tate and go to every exhibition because I think it's something worth supporting and after all if it gets you thinking and talking about it then I guess it has succeeded.

And even if I think a lot of the actual art is nonsense I have to admire the boldness of the way it is delivered.

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Stormfish 8 years, 11 months ago

art IS nonsense, otherwise it isn't art.

and i believe a love/hate relationship is the only relationship you can have to art. you can LOVE contemporary cute little design objects. you can HATE fashion. but art will always need ALL your emotions, and it's targeted at all of them. so, i think, you are exactly the kind of audience every artist would wish for :-)

darkness in an exhibition room is a great statement. to take away, temporarily, all the light in such a room is a provocation, isn't it? it violates our expectation to see something that is exhibited. and as such, it does what art basically always wants to do: make you aware of something you haven't noticed as such before.

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Smilingrainbow 8 years, 11 months ago

Maybe it’s just the result of a power failure. No offense.But once I heard that a worker who ran a bike repair shop became an artist overnight, because his shop happened to be near a modern art zone, the visitors regarded him as one of the artists and researched his work with great interest.

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Helen Hooker 8 years, 11 months ago

I have to admit this one at the Tate left me cold too but I do love that huge space!

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Marilyn Grimble 8 years, 11 months ago

I'm speechless for once ... I am unable to appreciate this form of art ... pray tell me, what is there to talk about?

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