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open ended

open ended

ever been lost in a maze as a kid? see Richard Serra’s new art at the Gagosian Gallery, in London- you can get lost in his art!

The American sculptor, who will be 70 next year, has been wrestling with steel since he was 17. In those days, he was working in the steel mills of California, his home state. When he began to produce work of his own, he was classified as a minimalist. Not any more. As the years have gone by, Serra’s brutishly engaging steel sculptures have grown bigger and bigger.

The three large pieces that stand at the centre of his new show at the vast Gagosian Gallery in London must have been very hard to move- a logistics art in itself. Once, a man died when a Serra fell on him.

See here for a great interview with the man.

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tyr⋅an⋅ny

Thats how you say it.. How do you define it?

1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a tyrannical act or proceeding.

However, when sculptor Damian Fennell creates the below work of art about it, we believe he means Tyranny as a mental state…  where one’s body and one’s mind is behaving under the fear of a tryant. Up to you to interpret who or what the tryrant is!?….

Tyranny     made in 1999
direct plaster
h50 x w45 x d45 cm

tyranny

tyranny

Today I want to tell you about a great artist and personal friend I know called Damian Fennel. I include a photo here of one of his works.

He produces amazing artwork, especially sculpture. He says the following as his rationale for being an artist.

“My fundamental desire is to experience exquisite centredness of being. It is an inner stillness and it has the quality of tapping into an immense power source. I access this primarily though meditation and contemplative practices derived from the nondual philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.  This experience of centredness has always motivated my work, and in the past two years has informed an evolving body of work that examines the feminine expression of underlying essence and the breathtaking potency that seems to emanate from it.  I see the artistic process as a challenge to find form for this formless essence, a silent enquiry into deeper understanding of it and a vehicle for engaging with it as much as possible.”

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