Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Ruin Lust

Sunday saw a great trip to the Tate Britain to meet a fellow exhibition friend from New York and take in the wonders of the new show, "Ruin Lust" as well as some well earned Gin and Tonics, just perfect to compliment the sunny, spring weather that shone in through the doomed ceilings bar. 

If you haven't yet seen or heard much about this exhibition, it is surely a shame, as this exhibit is very wondrous indeed. The sheer list of artists exhibiting is enough to turn anyones Sunday into an extravaganza of delight as the likes of over 100 works are shown. From J.M.W Turner, John Constable, John Martin, John Stezaker, Jane and Louise Wilson, Tacita Dean, Keith Arnatt and many others show their passion to this theme.

It was truly a fabulous show to see, that both thrilled, educated and inspired as every room you entered a new investigation into the terminology. From Pleasure, to Bunker to Ruins In Reverse, a real insight into how artists of past and current centuries find such inspiration in such destruction. 

One of the highlights for me, was the dedicated Tacita Dean room, beautifully showing her Photogravures of the series. "The Russian Endings" and the film "Kodak" that was filmed in the one of the Kodak factories in France, documenting the demise of a medium through its own manufacture. I can never quite have enough of Dean's work, there is such an honesty, a passion and delicacy to her vision, her manner of working, I find it so inspiring and powerful. I am always left wanting more, but always feel privileged and honoured to have been given sight to see what is in front of her eyes.  

A must see exhibition, here are more details here: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ruin-lust

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