Grand Palais, Paris, 2011
Sculpture and text by Anish Kapoor
The sculpture is a total immersion in an unexplored physical and mental dimension. Once you are inside, in the giant 4-armed balloon, the involuted form reminds you of an organic outer space and inner self at the same time.
I think there is no such thing as an innocent viewer. All viewing, all looking comes with complications, comes with previous histories, a more or less real past. Abstract art and sculpture in particular, has to deal with this idea that the viewer comes with his body, and of course memory.
Memory and body come together in the act of looking. I’m really interested in what happens to meaning in that process: as memory and body walk through, take the passage through any given work, something happens, something changes.