21 May–25 September 2016
Theaster Gates, David Hammons, Mona Hatoum, Christian Marclay and Gabriel Orozco are among the artists featured in ‘Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle’. This exhibition explores the centrality of the circle in art, featuring more than 100 works that reflect a vast range of themes and ideas, ranging from physical roundness, rotation and visual perception to wonderment and cycles of time.
The exhibition features Lids and Straws (2016) one of six new works by Christian Marclay, which are silent animations created from thousands of photographs taken on his daily walks through London. Each animation focuses on a particular object, commonly discarded: cigarette butts, bottle caps, chewing gum, cotton buds, lids and straws. When played back in rapid succession, the static pictures give the illusion of motion as in a flip-book: burnt cigarettes grow back; colourful bottle caps flash and blend; hairy cotton buds wiggle; blobs of chewing gum divide and multiply like cells; and lids and straws rotate like clockwork.
Gates’ award-winning installation, titled A complicated relationship between heaven and earth or when we believe (2014), seeks to challenge a Western-centric ideology of Christianity that marginalises other religious traditions. The work takes the form of a series of symbolic objects that have been used as vehicles for religious transcendence in diverse cultures across the globe. Among these objects is a replica goat which revolves on a steel track. Alongside this literal circular motion, the work invites consideration of material salvage and spiritual redemption.
Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle
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Theaster Gates 'A complicated relationship between heaven and earth or when we believe' (2014)
© Theaster Gates. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby)