In the Tent gallery in Rotterdam was some work by Nicky Assmann. My favourite was a series of acrylic hanging triangles. These colourful triangles which looked very like bunting rotated and as I walked around them reflections came and went, colours changed and all in all created a magical experience.
The colours were vibrant, the movement held my attention and totally immersed me in the life of the piece, even the colourful shadows on the walls were part of it. It made me think of Summer – I guess that’s the ‘bunting’ effect. The main effect for me, though, was the feeling of total immersion it created – the movement, colours and reflected light held my full attention. However, I think the size of the installation was vital – the effect would not have been so intense had the installation been any smaller.
All her pieces concentrated on physical sensory experiences.
This one was one of the pair of copper sheets called Aurora Studies – perhaps because of the colours in the Aurora Borealis. The sheets have been treated to cause them to oxidise and these colours are the result. It would be good to see these sheets again in a few months or even a year’s time as the oxidisation process will have further progressed and I believe they will look very different.