Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Alternative Guide to the Universe

"The Alternative Guide to the Universe explores the work of self-taught artists and architects, fringe physicists and visionary inventors, all of whom offer bracingly unorthodox perspectives on the world we live in. Inspiringly original and bracingly eccentric, their work re-imagines our social and cultural conventions in ways that fearlessly depart from accepted ways of thinking."
This is the current exhibition at the wonderful Hayward Gallery, as I must say I wasn't too sure what to expect, but again the Hayward have curated an unimaginable world, where you as a spectator are thrown into the depths of another time, another place as you wonder through the exhibition. The works are strange, uncanny, unusual, but have a perplexing intrigue that really holds your attention. 

Works ranging from Photography through to Geometry, to installation to painting take you on a journey through the unknown offering up a new reality, a place which we know nothing of and perhaps would be happier in. For the most part of this exhibition I felt as if I was in another world, transfixed by the originality and space created through their vision and in fact I felt as if it was a much safer and better place for me at that very moment. 
Artists' that really struck me where Melvin Edward Nelson with his UFO paintings, A.G Rizzoli with his unbelievable architectural craftsmanship of buildings as figures and the Chinese artist Guo Fengyi with her journey of spiritual and metaphysical significance, drawing figures through her visions. This show is an absolute must!

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