Phantom Fuel: Navid Nuur @ Parasol Unit

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If you find yourself in East London you should probably go to Parasol Unit. Currently on view is the work of Iran-born Dutch artist artist Navid Nuur and it’s nothing short of AMAZING. The show, entitled Phantom Fuel provides just the right amount of a certain push/pull aesthetic with works that invite you in and others that repel you just as quickly. With sculptural and installation-style works, the show pieces together a certain narrative which provides the viewer with an experience you can not only SEE, but FEEL.

In the first room you find yourself in a dark space, navigating an interesting array of LIGHT and NEON works. Traveling through SAND PAPER CURTAINS (it sounds about as pleasant as it feels… not) you come into the next space, light I may add, which presents sculptural works, an iphone video and even a freezer full of ice lollies. The exhibition continues in the first floor gallery space with more sculptural works as well as an eerily dark room. There is also work in the gardens outside. In order to not give it all away though, I’ll stop there.

Something is present, driving you onwards and upwards through the space and it’s that something that follows you when you leave. Perhaps its the broad combination of STYLES. Or perhaps it is the juxtaposition between LIGHT and DARK spaces you find yourself in. Or maybe it just is what it claims to be: Phantom Fuel, something INTANGIBLE but POWERFUL which encompasses the mind, body, and soul.

The show is on until the 19th of May. We highly suggest you take a field trip and experience this Phantom Fuel for yourself.

Cheers, NYX

A Candy Memorial to HIV/AIDS – Félix González-Torres

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Classified as a Minimalist artist, Félix González-Torres conceptual art work is far from minimal. Profound, dense and thought provoking are our first words that come to mind. Why talk about this Cuban artist now, you may ask? His process art pieces have not only brought awareness to HIV and AIDS, but have imprinted his message in our He(ARTS). His most notable art installation in our eyes, is Untitled Portrait of Ross L.A, 1991. This installation piece is an allegorical representation of his late partner Ross Laycock, who passed away from AIDS. The Installation consists of 175 pounds of candy paralleling his partner’s weight. Viewers are encouraged to take a piece of candy and eat it. This action is metaphorical to the slow painful death that AIDS victims must endure-slowly dying and disintegrating into nothingness. There is also a layer of cannibalism – a condemnation on society due to the lack of research to find a cure. His artwork (this in particular) is a device used to help bring awareness. And isn’t that what art should be? To bring up debate, controversy and awareness to our society? Think about it.

Peace out, K