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Oh how I wish I were in London to see this! Russian artist Andrei Molodkin has created a site-specific installation titled Transformer No. V579. The exhibit consists of three galleries: the first, a monumental corridor of transparent acrylic tubes filled with light and oil; the second gallery, shows a video with details of the installation’s construction; and the last, is a ‘laboratory’ of drawings and photographs that outline the project’s development.
Visitors are encouraged to interact and walk through the six cubed modules and corridors. The effect of the bleeding oil and its glowing white light counterpart is reminiscent of blood coursing through the human body.
From the gallery’s site:
While the oil and light represent simple dichotomies of life and death, purity and greed, the dissimilar substances unite to highlight the interchangeability of these labels. Oil is both a natural substance of an ancient earth and yet the fuel of urban, technological and unnatural power. It is Molodkin’s intention that visitors will directly experience an unlikely physiological affinity to this substance and will find themselves « true revolutionaries » upon exiting the installation, « capable of achieving a variety of mutually exclusive goals »
Hard not to be reminded of my last trip to London and one my favorite light exhibits ever.
Transformer No. V579 will be on view at Art Sensus in London through December 17, 2011.