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London Week 6

As I have a few more hours off than usual in Week 6 of term, I end up in a gallery in London with other art students, because we simply want to know what is going on [and this is not university led].
This term, we ended up at Tate Modern Gallery, London, and explored all the free exhibitions that the Tate had to offer, from Salvador Dali to Jack Whitten (American artist), across the four floors that held the free exhibition spaces.
My favourite part about going to a gallery such as Tate modern is the diversity of not only the artwork, but also the artists that they show. One work that captivated my eye was that of Sergio de Camargo and Large Split Relief No. 34/4/74. This piece is completely one shade of white, however the positioning of each ‘cork’ and slit creates a wide range of blacks, whites and greys, without having to mix a single colour. The entanglement of each of these ‘corks’ as they layer up, without necessarily getting in the way of each other is also quite calming in some respects.
Another work that caught my eye is the work of Gilbert and George, which was part of a ‘pop up’ interactive section of one of the exhibitions. It allowed you to step into the light to find out more about an aspect of performance and sculpture. I had a look at the human body, and the way in which Gilbert and George decided that you didn’t need the objects in order to be the sculpture. Hearing this from someone who wasn’t a lecturer allowed me to take a step back and really think about that statement, perhaps changing my view of what sculpture is for a while to come.
One other work that struck me was the photographs of Kaveh Golestan, and the personal factors behind each  of the photographs. These were of prostitutes, in their ‘work space’ and in their homes, waiting for the next customers. I found this particularly striking because through each photograph, you were getting a small window into something that many find grotesque, many others put up with, some others go to, and a surprising number live through. It is this window that reveals so much, but leaves many questions unanswered, and lets you into the life of a prostitute. It is this personal factor that I found to enticing, and something I want to welcome gladly into my own work.
I hope to look further and complete separate posts for those artists who have peaked my interest in the Tate Modern today.

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