A Close Look at El Anatsui

Rarely do we get the chance to stand in another’s shoes, and almost never do we get to see what they see.

When I first saw Dave Rainey’s video, it struck me as a profound commentary on interactions between visitors in the gallery.┬áIn the video Dave shares with us how he looks, what catches his eye. He follows skeins of color cascading downward. Then, a bending, warping edge leads the way. A field of crumpled texture dissolves into cracked paint, which fades into metallic lace. These are all personal discoveries, but they are shared with us on the screen. I wouldn’t have noticed them otherwise.

This is just what happens in the galleries. “Come, look at this … look what he used here … see what I found.” Look for yourself, then share, and see through someone else’s eyes as well.

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa closes July 29.

One Comment

  1. Terry Murphy
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Not sure which I like best – Dave’s video or your commentary. Seeing through someone else’s eyes is indeed a rare and precious opportunity. Your reminder changed what I saw and pointed out some connections I had not made. Thanks. I enjoyed Anatsui’s work from my own perspective and mow even more with some of Dave’s.

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