As I said yesterday we visited the Brooklyn Museum to see El Anatsui‘s Gravity and Grace. El Anatsui is a Ghanaian sculptor who has spent much of his working life in Nigeria. He started his career working in wood in the form of cut up wooden serving trays with symbols burned into them,
moved on to ceramics and then back to wood which he frequently sculpted with chain saws, and drills among other scoring tools.
In 1998 he began to use milk can tops for large floor sculptures.
More crucially also in 1998, to quote a number of critics, he invented a new art form. He began to make monumental hanging pieces out of bottle caps. Doesn’t seem like much you may think…
A close up look at the work
When you first walk in you are greeted by massive hangings made of aluminum and cooper wire
Unfortunately this work will only be in Brooklyn through August 18th but will be showing in several other venues around the US.
If you have the chance, do not miss it.
Please note that I make no claim that these photos do the work justice. They don’t. Wrong lens, no lighting but I believe they do give a good taste of the incredible work of El Anatsui.