Anish Kapoor opened a major exhibition of new work at Lisson Gallery London. Taking place from 31st March until 6th May, the show explores the affective nature of painting from the multiple perspectives of Kapoor’s varied working practice. His art evinces overlapping dimensions, at once image and object, illusion and representation, substance and skin, surface and depth.
First Site Studio, 2016; gouache on paper, 67 x 100.9cm (Image Courtesy of the Artist and Lisson Gallery London)
The exhibition debuts three large-scale, amorphous, hybrid forms that exist somewhere between paintings, sculptures and anamorphic objects. These signal an important development into sculptural objecthood from the expressive silicone ‘paintings’ that premiered in the artist’s last London show two years ago.
To a mouth, 2016; silicone, fibreglass and gauze, 181 x 151 x 167 cm (Image Courtesy of the Artist and Lisson Gallery London)
The exhibition features work further exploring the shift between two and three dimensions, including a pair of red stainless steel mirrors – employing different types of reflectivity – as well as a number of significant gouache works on paper made over the past six years.
Horizon (Red), 2016; stainless steel and lacquer, 185 x 185 x 22 cm (Image Courtesy of the Artist and Lisson Gallery London)
The show also foregrounds a maroon-red palette of colours, darkening to an earthy black, continuing his interest in the interior void and the ‘dirty corner’ of the world’s material and psychic realities. Even his concave polished mirrored works are here complicated by a coating of hazy matte colour with a seductive satin surface, which blurs and softens the reflection of space including the viewer.