Monday, 14 March 2011

Bite 74: Richard Serra - Sequence, 2006

Sequence, 2006, steel
Two colossal rusted metal 'S's stand within each other, filling the room.

Moving between the tall metal sheets the body is enveloped, metal towering above and around. Your whole body is affected as you move through and around the work. It appears to change as you move, the tilt of the red metal bearing down on you. Walking into the work, getting lost within it, it becomes a room itself. You lose your sense of direction as it twists and you proceed deeper into its recesses. 

A metal 'canyon', mimicking nature, its edges converge and diverge with resultant changes in light and shade, as the work moves around you and you around it, almost appearing to breathe. 

In the centre at each end of the shape you are fully contained within the work, giving the illusion of being trapped, no visible escape - yet it comforts and relaxes, solid and open.

Moving again into the other end comes deja vu for a moment as you come to another hollow before leaving the work, still not fully able to grasp its shape in totality. 

This is not a work to be seen, but rather to be experienced, in the fullest sense of the word.

Installed in the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, Los Angeles.