|Phillip Beesley, Hylozoic Series: Sibyl, 2012|
While there were some exceptional works on the island, there were equally some very disappointing works. Again, to be expected with such a large exhibition. By far the most stunning and entirely sensational work was that of Phillip Beesley. Now, you will need to line up for this one- it was about 45 minutes the day I was there- but well worth it. His work integrates lightweight, digitally fabricated textile structures and interactive microprocessor technology (touch sensors, LEDs, shape-memory alloy). Translation: you walk through a veritable wonderland of light and textiles and as you move through, the structure begins to move and light up- it's brilliant.
|Tiffany Singh, Knock On The Sky Listen To The Sound, 2011|
There is always a concern when showing works on Cockatoo Island that the actual island itself and the pre-existing buildings will over-shadow the work. In some instances this was the case- I actually saw people taking photos of the island and completely ignoring the art- this is not what a curator wants.
I have every intention of going back- but on a weekday- and I very much look forward to seeing what Pier 2/3, the MCA and Art Gallery of New South Wales have to offer.