Gladstone Gallery - 24 St.
515 W. 24th St., New York, NY 10011
May 12, 2008 - August 15, 2008
Anish Kapoor's Funhouse
by Keith Miller
Posted by Keith Miller
to describe Anish Kapoor’s new show? In the language of the movie pitch, you
might say the funhouse mirror meets Richard Serra (downsized). But that would
take out the rush of excitement so unique to almost any new work by Kapoor.
Even though one issue here is also scale, and this show does have its own mini
tilted arc, the comparison stops there because unlike Serra’s monumentality,
Kapoor’s scale is ambiguous. In front of the four pieces in this new addition
to the Chelsea spaces, I can’t decide if the reflective surfaces are grand or
intimate. Like funhouse mirrors, they distort and contort, deform and transform
the viewer’s body, to such an extent one almost experiences a sea-sickness.
Nevertheless, that fluctuating scale seems magical and precious because the
work achieves a unique intimacy that feels immense. Looking at one’s reflection
flip upon it’s head there is a disembodying moment that gives to the funhouse
mirror a laugh that has echoes of the metaphysical.
Images: Installation view; Vertigo (2008). Courtesy Barbara Gladstone Gallery.