With The Turner Contemporary there was one work of art that was there when the gallery first opened, see http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/2011/04/pictures-of-inside-turner-contemporary.html this means that to those of us who know the gallery from the beginning have come to accept this as part of the building.
Frankly when the gallery’s first exhibition which this work of art was part of closed and all the other artworks were removed leaving this one behind looked like a case of aesthetic cold feet on the part of the management.
What I am talking about here is “Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape” by Daniel Buren, well I wrote abut this exhibit ages ago, see http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/2011/04/turner-contemporary-revisited-some-more.html
Well now it’s gone and about time I think, there is a blank canvas to photograph people and “The Kiss” against.
The Turner Contemporary fascinates me, it was very busy today and obviously busy with visitors with money to spend, although for the most part Margate has lost places to spend it.
There was a queue of parents and children waiting to spend £2 on painting with the elements, I rather like the idea letting children paint with fire.
Something that occurred to me looking at the Turner paintings today is that Turner didn’t sign any of them. So I guess having a signed Turner would be a bit suspicious, some on ones tried to sell me I signed first edition of “Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas died the year before it was published.
The protestors were still there, chatting to the gallery visitors and taking advantage of the milder weather to thaw out a bit.
Coming back to photographs in the gallery I have to say I miss the opportunity to take photographs in the upstairs gallery, although I understand why it has to be forbidden, I do wonder how in an age when everyone’s mobile phone contains a camera how long this sort of photography ban will remain workable.
Anyway I did take some pictures today here is what was on the camera card http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/laptop212/id7.htm
I see the shadow cabinet details are still missing from the council’s website, something that is beginning to look like more than a TDCIT glitch, perhaps they really are having a reshuffle.
Like the significance of the absence of “Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape” by Daniel Buren, the significance of something missing reminds me of the poem.
Indeed the very existence of this artwork meant that a large proportion of what’s in the picture above wasn't there.
Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away
When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door
Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again todayOh, how I wish he’d go away
Do I miss the missing infinity? I don’t really know yet, perhaps I will know better when I get used to them taking away what mostly wasn’t there.