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RICHARD SERRA • Double Rifts
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
April 17, 2013 - June 1, 2013
Emotion: Dark, Brooding - Omnipresent Emotion.
When one stands in opposition to a Richard Serra piece of art, the viewer is immediately drawn into a two way dialog. A visual lecture of paternal proportions that is at once informative but scolding at the same time.
Deeply textured but simple in its harsh use of shape, Serra’s oily black flat fields fray at their edges offering an occasional contrast of white that acts as a repository for clean, even reflection. This visual conversation is as intricate in thought as it is in Serra’s suggested simplicity of execution.
And, the conversation starts with the position Serra places the viewer - beneath them.
In that place, it is impossible for the viewer not to be struck with the fact that Serra’s works are almost always taller than you and that the man who created them and his intellect press down upon the viewer.
Shortly after that epiphany, the viewer feels the brooding of Serra’s harsh lines subside and suddenly a symphonic sermon emerges from the terse horizontals and verticals. In that moment, the viewer is released by Serra and surrounded by a great glow that is the artist’s hand. And the feeling around you is like that being in a grand cathedral listening to an artistic gospel delivered by an all-knowing presence from up on high.
And, that is what it’s like to be in a room surrounded by the dark, brooding emotional omnipresence of Richard Serra.
RICHARD SERRA • “DOUBLE RIFTS” was on display at the Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California from April 17, 2013 through June 1, 2013.
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