Thursday, 7 February 2013

Light Show - Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery
Light Show is at the Hayward Gallery until 28 April 2013.
I was tremendously excited by the prospect of this exhibition - but confess that I was a little bit disappointed. The pieces I most enjoyed were the simpler and (relatively) low key works, notably by Dan Flavin, David Batchelor and Bill Culbert; the first two simply beautiful and the latter wittily intriguing. Too much of the show felt like a procession from one fair ground spectacle to the next. Nevertheless, many of the pieces are genuinely spectacular, notably Carlos Crus-Diez's Chromosaturation, Cerith Wyn Evans, S=U=P=E=R=S=T=R=U=C=T=U=R=E and Olafur Eliasson's Model for a Timeless Garden: the latter, a series of fountains 'frozen' by strobe lights is beautiful, but painful on the eyes! 
I have, in the past, seen some wonderful James Turrell installations - but, though I put in the time for this one, the hoped for optical magic didn't happen for me.
A show well worth seeing but not quite the aesthetic sensation it might have been.
Read reviews by Adrian Searle and Laura Cumming.

Dan Flavin, untitled (to the "innovator" of Wheeling Peachblow), 1968
David Batchelor, Magic Hour, 2004-7
Bill Culbert, Bulb Box Reflection II, 1975
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1985-2008
Cerith Wyn, S=U=P=E=R=S=T=R=U=C=T=U=R=E (‘Trace me back to some loud, shallow, chill, underlying motive’s overspill…’), 2010 (Francois Morellet, Lamentable, 2006 - in background.)
Olafur Eliasson,  Model for a Timeless Garden, 2010 (detail)

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