El Anatsui renews and transforms

12 February 2013 / ,

There’s a majestic tension in El Anatsui’s work that gives these glimmering beauties a powerful quality that’s sure to leave you wonderstruck. Now at the Brooklyn Museum, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, shows an array of El Anatsui’s metalic giants on display. Made of reclaimed bottle caps and can tops, these works stunned me by their sheer size and complexity, each piece linked together with metal wire to create intricate patterns and shapes. The essence of renewal is key to these works, that caps are given new life, taken from their mundane purpose and made beautiful. The works themselves are also in a constant state of renewal, reshaped, rehung, each location shedding a new light on the work. These African treasures are well worth a look, see them now through August 4. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/el_anatsui/#.

El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui, Drainpipe, 2010.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui, Amemo, 2010.
El Anatsui, Amemo, 2010.
El Anatsui, Gravity and Grace, 2010.
El Anatsui, Gravity and Grace, 2010.
El Anatsui, Gravity and Grace, 2010.
El Anatsui, Earth’s Skin, 2007.
El Anatsui, Earth’s Skin, 2007.
El Anatsui, Earth’s Skin, 2007.
El Anatsui, Earth’s Skin, 2007.
El Anatsui, Earth’s Skin, 2007.
El Anatsui, Earth’s Skin, 2007.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui, Red Block, 2010.
El Anatsui, Red Block, 2010.
El Anatsui.
El Anatsui.