Sunday, October 28, 2007

Storm King

Storm King is a 500 acre sculpture park in Mountaville New York, about 2hours from Pratt. I went on a trip with my welding class because the concentration of the collection is large modern and abstract welded steel from the 1960's onwards.

My metal tutor was concentrating on teaching us about the different kinds of welds being used and the different metals, but i was obviously more interested in the scenery. I have never experienced an autumn like this one. Everyone had said that upstate New York is beautiful in autumn, but i hadn't honestly thought i'd see anything like this. The leaves turn the most ridiculuous colours, from the average brown to illuminous pinks and oranges.

I'm not into modernist sculpture so i had plenty of time to collect amazing leaves and pictures of the scenery. That being said there were works that I thought pretty great, like this Daniel Buren piece. He had a few of these benches scattered around the place. I liked the way they interrupted the space with their uniform and regular lines.

I absolutely loved the piece by Menashe Kadishman. You approach it from the top of a hill, so you don't realise its scale or that one piece is suspended and attached to the other.

There was a memorial for Nam Jun Paik by his work as he died last year. I liked him and his work.

The highlight for me in terms of sculpture was the Louise Bourgeois collection in the museum, which we couldn't photograph. The stuff inside was better than her series of Spiders, but I do like these too. I remember seeing the one at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern when they opened the Unilever series. I think i like her work because she's still so relevant considering she's 96yrs old and still lives in the village in the apartment she hasn't left for nearly 40yrs. All in all, an amazing day with a good group of people.

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