It’s a regular Saturday, meeting one of my greatest friends ever! The usual discussion of what should we do ended up with just: Should we go for a walk? It’s a beautiful, cold crispy day! Off we went, looking glamorous of course as we usually do. Using bump, users can share information such as photos, music, contacts, appointments, locations and social networking info from their ios device with any nearby friend simply by bumping devices together. We always make a point to look great when we go out, personally I think it’s a great attitude to have, and no, it has NOTHING to do with vanity! Just a genuine celebration of who we are. My grandmother was like that and so is my mum! I do have a few failures to report when I am by myself at home. A friend once looked at me and said ‘‘ – This is not good to wear even by yourself at home. ’’ Suffice to say this became one of our friendship jargons. Anyway, we laughed our way through High Street Kensington to Hyde Park finally stumbling upon a great exhibition by Julio Le Parc* an Argentinian artist at the Serpentine Gallery. It was such a pleasant surprise. I am not a person who enjoys installations too much. Maybe I just have a poor understanding of them. Having said that, the exhibition was incredible. The light game was just mesmerizing and played with our ludic side. We were imagining big shows and awards ceremonies. Needless to say we would be the centre of any such fantasy!
From there we went for a bite to eat at The Magazine. Yet another pleasant surprise to the hungry eyes. The design is so fluid, clean and harmonious. A masterpiece of design by Zaha Hadid** that I didn’t know, being educated by my dear friend. After replenishing our soul with art, food, tea, coffee (in my case) and may I add a lot of laughter. We realized what was the main topic of the day. Spontaneity. All we did required no planning, forecasting. We allowed ourselves to take advantage of what was in front of us. Free spirit. There was no agenda or timetable. We simply were in the moment. Like that we probably created one of the most cherished memories two beyond believe good friends can have. Sadly, in our day to day we sacrifice some of the spontaneity to be at work on time, meet people’s expectations and tick so many boxes we don’t even know why. Day to day life becomes a big checklist. I dare to say it’s a great disrespect to life itself. Not to take an opportunity to be happy and experiment. You never know what is around the corner. I end this quick chat saying: Be aware … be simple! Go for it!!
P. S. : go and visit the exhibition. few photos for you!!
*Argentinian-born artist Julio Le Parc (1928, lives in France) is known for creating artworks that dynamically animate and transform space through light. Featuring seminal installations and interactive works from the early 1960s to the present day, Le Parc’s playful and mesmerising exhibition transforms the Gallery and actively involves visitors. Le Parc began to make geometrical abstract paintings in 1959 based on pre-determined systems, first in black and white, then in colour. In the early 1960s he began working in three dimensions, incorporating moving, projected and reflected lights. From 1964 onwards he began producing works based on distorting mirrors and the displacement of the spectator by means of labyrinths and play rooms. He is known for using projected, moving, and reflected light to create works of art in constant flux. At the heart of his practice is a desire to experiment with our engagement and perception of art, thereby altering our perspective on the roles of the artist, spectator and the institution. Through his experimentation with light, Le Parc creates a situation of visual instability, in the work and in the viewer’s experience. He was a founding member of the activist Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), which is an acronym and a play on the French word for ‘serious’. The group confronted the establishment through organised, shared experiences and by releasing manifestos that raised awareness on the role of art within society. While defending the rights of visual artists, Le Parc was briefly expelled from Paris following the social unrest of 1968. A series of previously unseen political drawings, alongside unseen sketches of portraits and geometric shapes, forms part of this exhibition. These drawings are presented within the artist’s book that accompanies the show alongside a fictional interview, imagined by film-maker and novelist Edgardo Cozarinsky, between Le Parc and the late Italian artist Lucio Fontana who was his teacher from 1943 to 1946 at the Beaux-Arts in Paris. The exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery highlights the different dimensions in Le Parc’s works, from his politicised drawings and interactive works to his iconic light installations. Experimentation with light as well as the physical involvement and visual stimulation of the spectator have been crucial throughout Le Parc’s career. At the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the visitor’s participation is both passive and active, with the exhibition design reminiscent of an amusement arcade and its numerous booths. While Le Parc’s light installations offer an immersive experience, his interactive ‘game’ works become a place for activity. Born out of his political activism, the ‘games’ include unstable, moving floors as well as punch bags and cut-out target silhouettes upon which are depicted familiar political archetypes, such as a dictator, a politician, a pacifist, a policeman and a museum director. The Limited Edition produced on the occasion of his exhibition is a silkscreen print of the target image from the interactive installation Choisissez vos Ennemis (1970) from his Jeux Enquête series, which is included in the show. Le Parc held his first solo exhibition at the Howard Wise Gallery, New York (1966), with more recent solo exhibitions at the Daros Foundation, Buenos Aires, (2014) and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2013) that were widely positively received to critical and positive acclaim, the latter having broken visitor number records. His work has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions in major museums in Havana, Düsseldorf, Montevideo, Caracas, Asunción, Mexico City, Stockholm, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago de Chile and Porto Alegre. This exhibition is part of the Serpentine Winter Programme, which includes an exhibition by German artist Reiner Ruthenbeck that runs concurrently at the Serpentine Gallery. Inside-out is a resource for teachers designed to accompany the Julio Le Parc exhibition. Download the Inside-out Resource. http://www. serpentinegalleries. org/exhibitions-events/julio-le-parc
**http://www. zaha-hadid. com/architecture/serpentine-sackler-gallery/.1 Great!!