Exhibition i saw recently at Aberfeldy. 

The exhibition is about a romance between two imagined characters, a botanist and a dressmaker.

“My work is primarily about imagined glimpses of others lives, memories and secrets, torn fragments, hidden layers, intimate hisories, often using the theme of quilts, journals and manuals as a vehicle.  I wish to convey something of this secrecy and mystery in my work”.


I really like this idea of an imagined relationship between two people, or the idea of an imagined life.


Naum Gabo was a prominent Russian sculptor born on the 5th of August 1890.  He was a pioneer of kinetic art and played a big part in the Constructivism movement. Gabo studied medicine, natural science and engineering at Munich University. After transferring in 1912 to an engineering school in Munich, he discovered abstract art.  His engineering career was key to the development of his sculptural work.



Construction in Space with Crystalline Centre 1938 -1940

Linear Construction No 2 – 1970 -1971


Louise Berliawsky Nevelson  was a Ukranian-born American artist born in 1899. Nevelson was one of the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century

Nevelson is known for her abstract expressionist “boxes” grouped together to form a new creation. She used found objects or everyday discarded things in her ‘assemblages’ or assemblies, one of which was three stories high: ”When you put together things that other people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created”.


Untitled 1950



Louise Nevelson, Night Leaf, plexiglas sculpture, 1969, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Night Leaf    1969   –   Plexiglass


Lucas Samaras is an artist from greece born in 1936. Samaras previously worked in painting, sculpture, and performance art, before beginning work in photography. ed room environments that contained elements from his own personal history. His “Auto-Interviews” were a series of text works that were “self-investigatory” interviews. The primary subject of his photographic work is his own self-image, generally distorted and mutilated. He has worked with multi-media collages, and by manipulating the wet dyes in Polariod photographic film to create what he calls “Photo-Transformations.

Samaras has created many sculptures based on chairs, i find them really interesting to look at.


Wire Hanger Chair (Bride and Groom)



The Mirrored Room 1966

I think this looks absolutely amazing. nuff said.

Sir Henry Moore was an English sculptor born in 1898.  Moore helped introduce a paricular form of modernism to the United Kingdom, along with his wife, sculptor Barbara Hepworth.  He became well known for his larger scale absract cast bronze and marble sculptures. I particularly like the monumental scale of this sculptures.

Reclining figure – 1946


Large Two Forms 1966


Close up


Photo taken from inside the sculpture

I love this sculpture by Moore, the colours are so beautiful. It looks so raw regardless of the brightness of the green shade.

Dame Barbara Hepworth is one of the most important figures in the development of abstract art in Britain. Hepworth was extremely effective in creating meticulous detail in simple forms.

She worked both in wood and stone, and she described an important aspect of her early career as being the exciement of discovering the nature of carving. Toward the end of her career she worked mostly in bronze, especially for the large pieces, but she always retained a special feeling for direct carving.


Rock Form (Porthcurno) 1964

Wave 1943 – 45

Vito Acconci is an American artist born on the 24th of January 1940. Acconci is a Bronx, New York born; Brooklyn based architect, landscape architect and installation artist. His work is highly conceptual.

He received a BA in literature from Holy Cross College in 1962 and a MFA in literature and poetry from the University of Iowa.

Began his artistic career as a poet in the mid 60’s.
 Poetry, performance, photography, film and video, installations, models and architecture
 Used his own body as a subject
 Work has been shown internationally
 Wanted to involve the viewer

He has taught a many institutions including the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, Cooper Union, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University and The Parsons School of Design.

“Acconci was proposing a new definition of the material object and a space for common experiences between spectator and artist by erasing the traditional boundaries between an artist and his public, an object and an event in time, a work of art and its existence in a spatial and/or social context”.

Acconci’s career-long exploration of the self has been articulated through many mediums. What began as an investigation of the artist’s own body in space-how it interacts with a given environment and how, in turn, that location affects it-has evolved into the construction of space itself. The relationship of the private to the public-and how the self participates in the surrounding world-has been a constant theme in Acconci’s art.

In 1969, already a published poet, Acconci made his first visual artworks, moving from the static domain of the printed page to the dynamic space of the empirical world. Combining photographs with texts, the artist documented task-oriented activities-jumping, stretching, bending, etc.-that he performed specifically for the lens.


Acconci’s recent TELE-FURNI-SYSTEM, an installation designed for watching video (his own and those of other artists), invites each visitor to interact with the environment by choosing his or her own viewing positions from a menu of different architectural options. Each monitor serves as a separate video channel and a building block in the network of stairs, benches, and lounges that constitute the piece. Here it is the viewer who activates the space by physically engaging with it and contemplating the panoply of moving images on display.

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