British-Indian sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor has a new exhibition titled “Descension,” which is currently being held at Galleria Continua in San Giminagno, Italy. The exhibition hosts a slew of large-scale, original sculptures that are made with a variety of mixed media, including fiberglass, paint, stainless steel, alabaster, pigment and acrylic. Each was designed to engage viewers in personal reflection of self-awareness as well as the concepts of eternity and the universality of form and space.
Most notable is this 500 x 500 cm dark whirlpool that was built with steel, water, and a motor. Dubbed “Descension” from which the exhibition takes its name, the piece is essentially a circular, black pool of water that infinitely swirls towards its epicenter, creating the image of a never-ending spiral into an abyss, where its constant state of movement thrusts viewers into the unknown depths of a deep, dark void.
The installation was first unveiled at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India, and continues to be the exhibition’s crowning piece.
“I have always thought of it [the void]… as a transitional space, an in-between space. It’s very much to do with time. I have always been interested as an artist in that very first moment of creativity where everything is possible and nothing has actually happened. It’s a space of becoming,” says Kapoor.
Anish Kapoor’s “Descension” will be held at Galleria Continua until June 5.
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