Friday, November 1, 2019

Richard Serra at Gagosian

Reverse Curve by Richard Serra, bisects the gallery, asking the viewer to travel around the sculpture to fully experience the space.The work measures 99 feet long and 13 feet high, made from two plates of weatherproof steel. The sculpture conceals and reveals space simultaneously. Upon stepping into the space the viewer is faced with immediate presence of the sculpture. It stands strong and solid, with an even patina of rust covering its surface. Towering overhead, the steel effortlessly curves, forming a subtle wave. This delicate winding prompts viewers to move and interact with the piece, and asks them to contemplate their own bodies in relation to the sculpture. In addition to the movement of material, the piece vacillates between light and dark in ways that impact the spatial experience. At times the viewer is pushed out further from the piece, experiencing openness and lightness, while at other times is enveloped in shadow close to the steel. When in this space, an overwhelming sense of weight is imparted by the work. The viewer is affected by the density of the material, the heaviness it imposes on the space, and the overall immenseness of the piece. Serra successfully uses minimal material to create a dramatic effect. The exhibition demonstrates Serra’s fascination with weight and his ability to compel the viewer to enter in and experience the magnitude of his work. 

1 comment:

  1. Hello Samantha,
    I think it was smart to write about one massive piece, because that gave you the ability to go into a lot of detail about it. It does seem like this review is missing a hooky intro, or an argument about the significance of this piece. It is difficult to stay interested in the details without something on the line, or some curiosity. I’m really interested in the sense of drama you describe with this piece, and the analysis of its theatricality as you walk around it. I think that might be a striking way to frame the whole review.