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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Peter Coffin at the Barbican

Before going to the Xenakis concert in the Barbican hall (see previous post) I checked out the latest installation in The Curve gallery by American artist Peter Coffin. It essentially is a projection of aerial views of a traditional Japanese garden, accompanied by a minimal, whistling soundtrack. Surreal, juxtapositional sculpture is positioned throughout the gallery.

I found it a gently sweeping exhibition, focusing on themes of disorientation, perspective and balance. As the text in the gallery suggests, Coffin aims to challenge spatial awareness with his work and he succeeds here with a subtle, airy exhibition. At times I thought the sculpture did not really fit in with the visual and sonic themes but overall it proved to be another rewarding, if slightly more restrained, example of participatory contemporary art.

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