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.
I just returned from a visit to Rotterdam where I and three other students on my course met up with some students from Lille University in France. We took part in a workshop inspired by work currently being shown by our course tutors – Tracy MacKenna and Edwin Janssen.
The first thing to say is that Rotterdam is a surprising city. Before I went I had visions of an industrial city and port that had had to rebuild itself after it was flattened during the Second World War. What I didn’t expect was the sheer imagination put into that redevelopment.
Two main things I noticed – firstly, buildings had their own style, it was very mixed styles throughout the centre, but it worked well. The second thing was that most buildings were multiple use – people lived in the same buildings as shops and offices were housed – see this picture of the market hall which was surrounded by flats which arched over the top of the very colourful central hall.
The result was a lively, vibrant city centre
There was interesting architecture everywhere we looked. We stayed at the Stay Okay Hostel which was in the ‘Cube Houses’ just across the square from the market hall and the railway station.
Look at the building next to them. Around almost every corner is interesting architecture. Plus lots of public art.