The new Tate Modern opened on Friday and it is fantastic. I could post an arty picture of the swish new building or write something about it being a new era for modern art in London. Instead I am going to post a visual representation of an intensely meaningful connection between one visitor and the new exhibition hang. I may be over analysing something that does not need to be analysed – not the first time that has happened – but to me this person has articulated a deep connection between their own human experience and a group of artworks which reflect and represent the complex emotions and thoughts of their life.
- “this means my family being pulled together and have to stick together”
Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt), Horizontal Square Reticularia 71/10, 1971. Steel rods and metal beads. Tate collection.
2. “this represents my family coming together.”
Cristina Iglesias, Pavilion Suspened in a Room 1, 2005. Steel. Tate collection.
3. “This represents something different about my family.”
When I questioned the visitor further about this particular artwork they replied along the lines of “well the top one is my mother and she loves us but can be a bit strict sometimes, then there is my Dad below and he works a lot and sleeps on the weekends but is funny and likes to play with us too, then there is my sister – she is nice but she can be mean sometimes and then there is me and I am a mix of everyone but I am also just me too. And we all line up together, just like the blue blocks.”
Donald Judd, Untitled 1980. Steel, aluminium and perspex. Tate collection.