Text / Polysh Contributing Editor Weng Haoyuan Eric Hao-Yuan Weng
Imagination is not something that can be easily portrayed or can be felt, but American artist Joseph Cornell is able to create a variety of surreal theaters through clever hands, allowing viewers to be small. In the wooden box, looking at the imagination and flying through the glass, it is like the epitome of a certain journey. But it's hard to imagine that these things with European sentiments were collected in the United States—because he never left the United States, and lived with his mother and his physically challenged brother in New York, in a small basement. Slowly piece together his universe.
Royal Academy of Arts, held this summer for Cornell"Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust"The exhibition collected a total of 80 works and pieced together the most complete exhibition in Europe in the past 35 years. He specializes in a wide variety of items, such as Victorian antiques, sealed cans, paper parrots, ceramic toys, etc., through subtle combinations and clever design, so that these items are not only Put it there, but occupy some space, create a different stereo, and a visual feast of fluidity. Each item that is placed, indirectly, builds a unique world and listens to each other's stories by virtue of different emotional connections with individuals.
Using special or everyday objects, collages or combinations of works of art, today's contemporary art is still one of the most popular creative techniques, such as the many famous works by British artist Damien Hirst, which has been somewhat influenced. It can be seen that 6 or 70 years ago, Cornell had combined the things he had picked up with the ready-made objects, combined with the surrealistic expressions that prevailed at the time, and various kinds of collages, which influenced many artists of later generations. Its influence is enormous, and it is even considered to be the only surrealist artist in the history of the United States, praised by Dadaist master Du Xiang - although Cornell does not want to be labeled, indirectly let his works Surrealism is somewhat related. Throughout his works, he can also find many of his creative techniques, and also lead to the later abstract expressionism, pop art and minimalist art, which is almost the epitome of the art trend in the first half of the 20th century.
However, the most surprising thing is that Cornell has not received professional art training. He spent the rest of his time working to create his own work. Later, he was influenced by the Great Depression and then completely invested in art. Also because he rarely interacts with commercial galleries, although he and many artists at the time are friends and exhibits together, it is not easy to find his work. Because his works are mostly composed of long-lasting objects, the works are quite fragile and the delivery is not easy, which makes the exhibition in RA quite rare. Don't miss out on friends who are interested, until September 27th.
"Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust" Exhibition
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Exhibition period: 2015/07/04 to 2015/09/27
Opening hours: Sat-Thu: 10:00-18:00/ Fri: 10:00-10:00
For more information, please visit the Royal Academy of Arts website.
Images Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts & The Joseph Cornell Box.