Friday, 18 February 2011

Love and Freedom with Dirk Bell

A computer game where by collecting Love and Freedom causes a star to shine brighter. This dreamy romantic idea is brought to life in Dirk Bell's Merkaba.
Thirty six neon tubes connect via a mass of wires to a laptop, and you are in charge. Is this a statement on enlightenment? Religion? Consumerism? I'm not sure.
Bell's metal structures spell out the words you want to cherish, combining warm words with cold steel. Whilst his paintings of intense eyes stare down on you. Are these the all seeing evangelical eyes or is it our own eyes searching for something that isn't there?
A very thought provoking exhibition at the Modern Institute.

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