Anish Kapoor Post-Modernism Sculpture (Double Mirror Installation)

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Anish Kapoor's development in sculpture is defined by his illusionary void, within the Double Mirror installation. Through the use of his non traditional approach, he has challenged the social concern with identity. The success of the Double Mirror installation has been contributed to by historical developments from Surrealism and Futurism ideals. It has also been influence by the art practices of Brancusi and Giacometti Surrealism initiates the ideals of releasing the unconscious in illusionary state of mind, and has encouraged Kapoor to explore into the unconscious identity. Kapoor credits Futurism for presenting a space beyond viewer perception. Brancusi distinguished the importance of aura within the medium. This has provided Kapoor with the opportunity to reveal his own aura of vertigo by means of the void in the reflective material which challenge’s viewers to question their identity. Giacometti contributes to historical developments by creating the sensation of emptiness within the negative space of the figure, establishing a collective cultural identity for his figures. This creation of emptiness for the collective identity has made an impact on Kapoor's installation by forcing the viewer to contemplate their collective cultural identity in their reflection of nothingness.

Kapoor’s inclination toward belongs to the Post-Minimalist movement in their ideal to represent the purest aesthetic form and create a spatial relationship between the viewer and the object. By forcing the viewer to challenge the void of aesthetics and recognized their identity in their experience within a spatial void. Kapoor breaks sculptural convention with his non-traditional approach asking the viewer to bring expression to the sculpture, thus questioning the role of the artist as the representation of the expression. He also breaks sculptural convention through the use of this medium. The medium is the message rather than the medium illustrating the message. Kapoor’s Double Mirror installation’s sculptural concerns are rooted in the psychological element of dualism. Dualism confronts the viewers to connect identity to matter and spirit, visible and invisible, conscious and unconscious, body and mind. Kapoor situates the installation within the space of social history of Post-structuralism in his thought that the meanings of his work are constructed by an individual. In addition, he conveys the Marxist ideals in their opposition to ownership of art and possibility of a utopia. He creates spaces that cannot become commodities. Kapoor challenges social identity in the presence of hybrid cultural society. Kapoor’s installation is a quest for alternative space in human relations which have the possibility of a utopia. He has faith in the capacity of the human race to be held together within a singular body. In the Double Mirror installation, the mirror’s void frees the viewer from their ethnic background, leaving just the voice of the viewer. He identifies the “other” in the context of belonging and alienation thus challenging the social concern of identity. The understanding of the context of an art work relies on knowing the foundation of the artist. Anish Kapoor was born in 1954 in Bombay, India, to a Hindu father and a Iraqi Jewish mother. In 1973, determined to become an artist and moved to London, England. “Kapoor found the city hugely disorientating and very difficult, and the trauma of sudden transition led to years of psychoanalysis” (Burnett, 114). He achieved his artistic background at Hornsey School of Art and Chelsea school of Art and Design.

The Double Mirror installation is a singular work exhibited at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1998. This installation is comprised of two larger circler concave stainless steel forms, highly polished to possess a reflective surface. These reflective forms are set across from each other not to create an infinite repeat, quite the opposite, at certain position the image is...
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