Sublime, surreal and sultry, political, provocative and pure. This morning we had the privilege of strolling round Light Show, the Hayward’s latest blockbuster exhibition preview. The exhibition is comprised of twenty five installations by artists including Anthony McCall’s piece – as seen at the Serpentine – and Olafur Eliasson who has introduced a touch of chaos at the end which is both mesmerising and nauseating at once.
There are a series of events and talks taking place in the exhibition spaces which are worth exploring: Poets After Dark, dark matter explorations and pure wave oscillation sounds.
Matt Baker, Tropolis contributor writes: The Hayward Gallery unveils its latest show dedicated to all things lumiere. You only a need a pair of functioning eyeballs to appreciate the architectural, quasi-rave laser light sculpture of Anthony MaCall or the colour bombing of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s ‘Chromosaturation’. There’s some serious messing with your rods and cones going on at times, where even pioneers such as Dan Flavin and James Turrell can be overshadowed (which is perhaps not the best expression to use when talking about light art).
Mixed in among showstoppers from Olafur Eliasson are smaller, more intimate pieces by Fischli and Weiss and Katie Paterson’s creation of a light bulb to simulate moonlight. The Hayward has a knack of curating popular yet stimulating exhibitions, and this one continues its winning streak. The show has a relatively short run until the end of April, so don’t let your retinas miss out.
More information, on til 28th April.