|Richard Serra, Dead Load, 2014, forged steel|
Four tremendous steel sculptures by Richard Serra are on show at Gagosian's Britannia Street gallery and a five metre 'drawing' is on display at their Davies Street gallery until 22 November. I haven't seen the latter but can vouch for the power of the sculptures. As the artist explained in an exchange with Adrian Searle the selected works offer "different ways to approach a field or a space or a context". Dead Load presents the literal embodiment of massive, dead weight; Backdoor Pipeline is a huge, curved, elliptical tunnel through which the viewer can walk to experience the interplay of convex and concave and the changing play of light and dark; Ramble is a room full of 24 upright slabs of steel of varying dimensions between which one has to navigate a route; finally, London Cross is perhaps the 'classic' Serra in which one threateningly enormous wall of steel is balanced, above head height, diagonally across another. Thrilling stuff.
Read Adrian Searle's review. Watch a video tour of the installation. (All photographs by Mike Bruce / Gagosian.)
|Richard Serra, Backdoor Pipeline, 2010|
|Richard Serra, Ramble, 2014|
|Richard Serra, London Cross, 2014|
|Richard Serra, Double Rift #2, 2011 (Painstick on handmade paper - at Davies Street gallery)|