In search of inspiration

All Schools should be art schools YSP 2018
Guiseppe Penone: A tree in the Wood exhibition YSP 2018
Guiseppe Penone: A tree in the Wood exhibition YSP 2018,iPhone 6Plus

In search of inspiration

It’s hard to find an inspiration in this hot weather

I needed to go somewhere. Somewhere where I can recharge and look for new things. With the hot weather, I’m struggling to keep motivated and landscape photography is not on top of my list. In search of inspiration, I have suggested visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

I mentioned before ( here ) and (here) I’m struggling in the summer. Struggling with landscape photography and struggling with the inspiration.YSP is the place and a source where I can refuel my inspiration. Landscape and art exhibitions work beautifully together here. I like this place a lot. I came for inspiration and inspiration I’ve got. My mind exploded.

Three exhibitions blew my mind.

Roger Hiorns: Seizure

OK, this one is not a new installation and if you don’t know what it is I recommend to google it.

A short story: Hiorns found a flat in a block of flats awaiting demolition in London. He began by reinforcing the walls and ceiling and tanking the flat with plastic sheeting.

Then 70-80,000 litres of copper sulphate solution was pumped in through a hole in the ceiling from the flat above. Weeks went by until the temperature of the solution dropped, and the crystals began to precipitate. Finally, any remaining liquid was pumped back out, to be recycled by the chemical industry. The walls and ceilings are covered in blue copper sulphate crystals, their rhomboid facets glinting in the gloom. The seizure is a sort of sci-fi nightmare, and that this happens in a council flat makes it all the more uncanny and disturbing. Eventually, the whole flat has been moved from London to YSP and here it is on display…

I was not aware of this installation until my visit today. Did not know what I’m going to see but I was not disappointed… Cool stuff.

Roger Hiorns: Seizure exhibition YSP 2018
Roger Hiorns: Seizure exhibition YSP 2018, iPhone 6Plus

Guiseppe Penone: A tree in the Wood

This exhibition brings together work from 5 decades of Italian artist Guiseppe Penone. Trees held a central position in Penone’s work and he describes them as ” not a subject but much more, they are the substance itself of my work”.

This is a fantastic exhibition, truly inspiring. In my latest work, I was really influenced by trees. I have never heard of Penone. His work is amazing, so beautiful and unexpected. I’m digging it a lot.

Nine works are sited in the open air and resonate with different aspects of the historic landscape.

The exhibition is in the Underground galley and open-air open from26 May 2018-28 April 2019. Well worth a visit.

 

Guiseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood, YSP 2018 iPhone 6plus
Guiseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood, YSP 2018 iPhone 6plus
Guiseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood, YSP 2018 iPhone 6plus
Guiseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood, YSP 2018 iPhone 6plus

Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time

This was the last exhibition we visited this day. I can truly say that we saved the best for last. In search of inspiration, we went to see an installation by the leading Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota in the chapel. In short description – It’s amazing! Watch interview with Chiharu Shiota about her work here.

It’s not easy to describe this, you need to see it.

 

Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time YSP 2018, iPhone 6plus
Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time YSP 2018, iPhone 6plus
Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time YSP 2018, iPhone 6plus
Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time YSP 2018, iPhone 6plus

YSP is an amazing place. A beautiful park full of art. I love to walk amongst the statues and installations. If you are like me  In search of inspiration go there. You will not be disappointed. I’m sure I’ll be back soon.

Gallery of shots from my Olympus 35 RC on Ilford HP5 Plus 400:

 

Have you been to YSP?  What exhibition inspired you the most?

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