I couldn’t miss the opening of new Mayfair gallery, Gazelli Art House this week. The fabulous space on two levels has revealed exhibition called Bodhi, the last of the open-ended series of exhibitions exploring different natural elements. The previous four shows were: Fired Up, Down to Earth, Still and Sparkling and Air I Breathe. Touching on the topic of spiritual enlightenment through the means of contemporary art, the show brings to the forefront four diverse artists – Jaume Plensa, Khanlar Gasimov, Olympia Scarry and Shan Hur. I found the exhibition very inspiring and very well presented. Every little detail was thought through. I personally enjoyed most the works by Olympia Scarry, her Bubble Wrap Painting and Mammalia and Shan Hur’s Broken Pillar, however the remaining artists didn’t stay behind.
Olympia Scarry is a Swiss artist, who lives and works in New York. Scarry’s discipline in Psychology is a driving force in her works as with her new body of work which focuses on the examination of reality and the self. Scarry captures actions and reactions to moments of frustration and boredom and turns them into something tangible as in the marble “Bubble Wrap Painting”. Often Scarry’s objects frustrate our expectations by rendering habitual urges impossible or by glorifying an involuntary response such as a boring “Yawn”. In creating environments and records of the human touch, Scarry voluntarily allows forms to overpower physiology.
Olympia Scarry, Mammalia, 2012, 01
Olympia Scarry, The Bubble Wrap Painting, 2012, 01
Olympia Scarry, Saliva, 2011
Jaume Plensa – is a world-renowned artist from Barcelona who is also the current artist in residence at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Plensa has created numerous public works around the world, including the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, Chicago. He unveiled his most recent public sculpture Echo presented in Madison Square Park, New York City in May 2011. He has had solo exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Musée Picasso, Antibes; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris; and the Arts Club of Chicago, among many others. He lives and works in Barcelona. For Gazelli Art House’s opening show, Plensa will present his light and ‘verbal’ sculpture, Overflow, where stainless steel letters are soldered together to create the figure of a sitting man. Additionally, a selection of Plensa’s mixed media drawings on paper will be also showcased.
Jaume Plensa, Overflow I, 2007, 01
Khanlar Gasimov – is an Azerbaijani artist who lives and works in Connecticut, USA. Despite this geographical distance, the essence of Gasimov’s art still lies in his roots. He finds particular inspiration in Azerbaijani poetry. His poetic-recited canvases – last on show at the 54th Venice Biennale as part of the Azerbaijani Pavilion – demonstrate a philosophical approach to the physical form of art. At Gazelli Art House, Gasimov will also exhibit his acclaimed sculpture The Most Honourable – an umbrella that is fashioned from silicone to simulate human skin. The work symbolically illustrates a type of a shield whilst the human nature of the object transforms the idea of this protective everyday object to a being, which is exposed to its surroundings.
Khanlar Gasimov, Walking in Eight Bodies Simultaneosly, shape of a poet collar cut in copper, 2012
Khanlar Gasimov, Gift Wrap (Anthem), 2012, 01
Khanlar Gasimov, All Happens in Your Presence, 2012, 01
Shan Hur – is a Korean artist who lives and works in London. In the beginning one assumes Shan’s work is part of the gallery setting but viewer’s perceptions are challenged the closer they examine it. The ideas, which inform Hur’s practice, derive from a fascination in the moment of transition when a particular space is reconfigured for a new purpose. Constant doubt and questioning of our perceptions is crucial to developing the enlightened self.
Shan Hur, Broken Pillar, 2012 01
Shan Hur, Broken Pillar, 2012 02
The atmosphere of the show on the opening night was fantastic and the house was full. Bodhi is open till April 19th 2012. I recommend you see the show, especially if you are into organic sculpture and natural elements in art and experimentation.
You find Gazelli Art House at 39 DOVER STREET, MAYFAIR, LONDON, W1.