Halcyon Gallery: Dale Chihuly 'Beyond the Object' (until 5th April 2014)
As I have already referred to them, perhaps it would be logical to begin with the two monumental glass sculptures placed in the window of the gallery, reminding the viewer of either a Liberty or Selfridges Christmas display, as passers by were evidently captivated by the installation. 'Citron Chandelier with Lime Green Fiori', which has incidentally been exhibited at the entrance of the Victoria & Albert Museum, has a presence which is largely condescending and almost frightening to the viewer, due to the contradiction of its huge size and delicate structure. Spanning from the ceiling, draping to the floor, the word 'Chandelier' in the sculpture's title is used comically to emphasise the sculpture's size in comparison. The artist's use of greens and yellows are a nod to a vibrant natural state, which is reflected in the chaotic shape and almost intrusion of the viewer's space with its sharp and long parts.
In hindsight, 'Beyond the Object' is a more diverse collection of work than is initially expected. With the glass sculptures taking priority as the artist's specialism, the viewer is able to enjoy pieces from additional media. Two images, displayed consecutively, both entitled 'Float Drawing on Acrylic' incorporate themes from the abstract expressionist movement, and in the photograph below, Chahuly has been captured using a painting technique highly similar to that of Jackson Pollock. There is a recurring motif in the artist's work concerning spatial awareness; in these images this seems to have been extended into outer space awareness. Within the canvas, he has formed both circular and unidentifiable shape patterns in order to create the momentum of chaos. His description of his media within the title of some of his works show the significance of how he has used the materials available to their full potential.